Chicago to Portland (via SEA) $218 & 4440MQMs at 5CPM Delta Weekend Elite Mileage Run ($188 E BASIC fare)

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ALERT: There has been a schedule change for return. Consider PDX-ATL-ORD for more MQMs (4998)!

Consider the via ATL for more MQMs!


One-Way price

RT price

MQMs earned BASIC or Main Cabin

Other days this run works

Works FROM PDX also

I am sorry I have been all but ignoring posting mileage runs on the blog but now that we only have 6 month to go before they medallion year is over it is time to get going. This one is super simple and fits my personal goal of sub 4CPM runs for weekdays in coach and sub 5CPM on a weekend. It is also all in one day ie no overnight or redeye and THAT is nice now that I am 50+ years old (ugg).

I am running this one btw and I will likely have some kind of dinner thing in Chicago Friday before the run. Oh and if you want to you can book it in E BASIC fare class and earn full MQMs but no upgrades keep that in mind. Also, you can book this as 2 one-ways for $224. Don’t worry about the connection in PDX as out and back on the same bird. Now the  30 minutes in SEA may be interesting but maybe they will send a fleet of cars for us 😉

Another idea, if you like this one, is to fly in and do it two days back to back on weekdays or if you are local run it a few times before year end? Anyway, here is are the details:


Cost: $218 in main cabin V fare or in E BASIC $188

4440 MQMs at 5 CPM v fare

4440 MQMs at 4.2 CPM E BASIC

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  1. Hmmm, could do 5 days back to back like the Wenathche runs …

    Ugh my back hurts just thinking of it.

    Thanks Rene for the Amex mqms!

  2. Hopefully some nice ones starting in ATL come along. In the meantime I plan on upgrading my work travel tickets to 1st class to get the extra MQMs since work foots the rest of the bill already.

  3. Hi Rene, I’m subscribed to your Rene’s Points blog. How can I subscribe to your Mileage Runs blog? Thanks

  4. @Rene –

    I crunched my MQM numbers and noticed that based on my current work schedule. I’ll be short ~4400 MQMs for Platinum elite (already met the spend requirement) at the end of the year which ends at 12/22 for me since I have reward travel booked for the holidays.

    Unfortunately the project I am currently assigned to doesn’t give of a lot of MQMs for main cabin round trip since it’s a short flight (1.45hrs). The only workarounds I see to help make up the difference are:

    1. Buying the 1st class upgrades. Which give an extra 822 MQM round trip, for ~$84/leg ($168). Not bad since my company foots the rest of the bill. Pricey for MQMs and a bit of a waste of 1st class for such a short flight. But it would give me the trip delay benefit from my CSR, since my flight sometimes gets delayed excessively (6+ hrs) and with Winter around the corner i expect many more. Plus I wouldn’t have to spend a weekend doing a MR.

    2. Buying a cheap RT ticket to Florida which would net me 1000 MQM minimum, based on Delta’s rules. It would require me to burn a few hours of my weekends but I could grab the earliest flights bk and forth.

    These are the only options I could think of. One burns my weekends and one leverages confirmed travel with less MQM.

    What would you do? Do you have any suggestions?

  5. @JamaicanTraveller – Do you already have the Delta Reserve card? That is giving you 10k plus 40 SkyMiles. A simple choice. If not yes I would consider a weekend transcon type run to get the MQMs you need.

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