So was it worth it? That is always the question when it comes to a mileage run. First off a “fun run” is not for everyone. There will always be those who cannot wrap their heads around getting a jet (or a bunch of them) just to fly. You know, that is fine – no one is forcing them to do this. I personally don’t understand marathon running. I mean I get why people do it but I don’t see any joy in it for me personally. That does not mean I would for a second criticize anyone for running as a hobby. I am happy they love it and good for them. But show those who like to fly for fun the same respect. I know, I can dream right, the angry people will always be angry. Let’s move on.
First things first. The numbers looked good but came with risks. What risks? The tiny risk there could be no points for this adventure and mostly defeat the purpose of the trip. I need not have worried as points have arrived as expected.
Now this, for me, did not happen as smoothly as those who had their FF number correctly printed on their boarding passes as I warned you about in the first post. I did have my number clearly in the reservation but had to go the route of sending copies of everything to Delta to get the correct credit. I asked on Twitter how long it would take and as an apology for the much longer than normal time for posting, I was awarded 5,000 bonus SkyMiles. This was not required but a nice touch by Delta.
So first the numbers. For the price of $111 round trip this worked out to:
- 9,610 MQMs costing me just 1.2CPM
- 17,298 SkyMiles for the flight
- 5,000 Bonus SkyMiles for the post issue
This means, at a bare minimum value of 1 cent each for the SkyMiles, I earned $223 from the $111 fare and the net cost for the MQMs was ZERO! Talk about #Winning! And it helped me be set to rollover into next year almost enough points to be Diamond again as soon as I reach my MQD exempt spend in January some time. That works.
And that is just the hard numbers. A run for me is about much more than just the number, it is about the adventure and the fun. Like what fun.
Since I am not near an airport with CLEAR I had not had a chance to try it. Due to the fact that AeroMexico flights were no where near the Sky Club or the THE CLUB at MCO I had the “joy” of going back and forth through security again and again and learned how great CLEAR can be. That alone was worth the run to me as a travel nut!
I also had the chance to meet some frequent flyer friends I had only known from the blog as well as some new ones along the way. It is always the greatest pleasure to share the love of travel with others who are just the same as you.
I had the chance to try a Skyteam partner I had never flown. Sure I was mostly unimpressed with the offerings, but being a blogger and an AVgeek it was another opportunity I really was looking forward to experiencing.
I don’t know how thrilled I was to both experience the AeroMexico lounge in MEX as well as missing the chance to see the Centurion next door. This makes me wish I had booked two of these runs as the next time it would be a much smoother connection knowing how to move from point to point quickly. Ah well.
Lastly I had a chance for an amazing dinner with friends who love to fly. These are the kinds of folks you could fly anywhere on the planet with, spend the day doing whatever, and have memories for a lifetime. That is something special.
So was it worth it? You had better believe it and again not just for the numbers that were outstanding! So next time you see a “fun run” pop up on the blog – think about jumping on a deal and see what happens. You may enjoy the adventure and if you want to tag along on one of the ones I book – just ask! – René
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