Monday, February 29, 2016 by John @laptoptravel
Well, I am back from my Massive Mileage Run to SouthEast Asia (Japan, Thailand and S. Korea)! It’s not like I was ever really gone; I still did posts and twitter, of course. And I did look for Mileage Runs while on that trip…but it is much harder without all of my (proprietary) tools! So, here’s a leap day gift for everyone!
I found this great run between Seattle and New Orleans! Before you even ask; YES, it works in both directions! In fact I find more (that is, more of them…) cheaper fares from New Orleans to Seattle than originating from Seattle. Although I did find a single date that works for $198 from Seattle to New Orleans.
Most of the fares from Seattle to New Orleans are $204, plus the one I found (May 3rd, an overnight with a May 4th return) for $198. I found several from New Orleans to Seattle at the $198 fare.
Either way, the best you can do is 5,477 MQM’s at about 3.6 CPM. The layover on many of the flights is less than two hours, so these are easily done in a flight plus a connection in either direction; most involving either an overnight flight or a required one night stay. But there are much things worse than a night in New Orleans (or Seattle if you’re Sleeepless…)
There are also routings that will only give you 5,362 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) but still either 5362 or 5477 you are getting a great deal! If you could fine two of these back-to-back at $198 each you could use FlexPerks and book the pair for only 20,000 points! Now that would be a sweet deal!
Let me caution anyone thinking they might get upgraded to First Class on these flights. It is probably not going to happen flying into and out of Salt Lake City.
One of my greatest discomforts is when I fly a mileage run through a Delta hub which is heavy-Medallion territory and your chances of getting a complimentary upgrade is minimal. That is why this run as a simple overnight is tolerable and a good value for a little more than $200.
Anyway here are the numbers:
MQM’s: 5,477 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)
Cost: 3.7 Cents Per Mile (CPM)
MQM’s: 5,362 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)
Cost: 3.6 Cents Per Mile (CPM)
Please login to your Delta account before you click on the booking link below:
This link books through Kayak and then onto Delta.com – DIRECT BOOKING LINK
Both fares are eligible for Pay With Miles, if you want to “buy down” the fare. You will still get the MQM’s, but you are reducing your redeemable miles as they are tied to the base fare PAID.
I like this trip since it is still before Delta’s change on Comfort+ booking policies. That happens for travel on or after May 16th, 2016. There are many Comfort+ seats still available for your selection on these four segments. Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs
Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels! – John @laptoptravel