Last year i.e. 2018 my wife started the year with zero Delta elite points or MQMs. She did a lot of flying the first 6 months of the year. Also, she got a nice chunk of elite points via Delta Amex card new card bonus points as well as spend bonus goals (you can get some sweet card deals right now as well fyi).
The result was that by the mid point of 2018 she had earned her top Delta Diamond Medallion status for the rest of that year and all of this year 2019 and it will end on 1FEB20 unless she re-qualifies this year before 31DEC19. She has enjoyed all the perks of this status including some gate to gate Porsche rides courtesy of Delta Air lines (nice).
Each year in Nov / Dec (well, since 2012 anyway) Delta has offered to sell you MQMs. After a few years they extended the price you paid to credit towards your MQD totals. They have also raised the prices for this privilege of donating your money to Delta each year to mind numbing, bat crazy totals. I just can not comprehend someone paying the above prices for points.
And all of this brings us to today’s post. Chris and I have been working hard to find sweet elite mileage runs and post them on the mileage run tab here on the blog. As an example of live (and dead) runs from the past few weeks:
- Toronto to Amsterdam ~$2000 Business Class AeroMexico / Delta Elite Mileage run 23,436 MQMs, $6,250 MQD credit + 31,232-49,980 SkyMiles earned!
- Atlanta to San Jose (Costa Rica) $728 Business Class Delta / AeroMexico Weekend HUB Elite Mileage Run 8094MQMs at 9CPM
- Las Vegas to Brussels Delta / Skyteam Business class ~$1700 & 20,000 MQMs Elite Mileage Run to end 2019 (also to start 2020)!
- London (LHR): From Burbank (BUR) $510 or Boston $244 (BOS) Delta Elite Mileage Runs! Up to 12,306 MQMs
Again, just some sweet totals for very reasonable prices and most of them in business class (a much nicer way to earn your points). Plus, a number of these runs can be turned into mini-vacation runs and that is also a nice way to combo a run into a real “fun run”.
The other reason to plan ahead and book NOW is to avoid the higher prices booking at the end of the year. I do my best to post the best deals I can in Nov / Dec each year but they are rarely as good as what I am finding right now. And I guess that is the key point – now is the time to plan if keeping your status matters anymore to you this year and next (or even beyond that).
Here is an idea to make it even simpler. Get the Barclays Arrival+ Mastercard (learn about Mastercard offers here) and after minimum spend you have a total of 80,000 points worth $800 off your mileage runs you book and pay for with the card (you can use the points to pay off travel charges and have up to 120 days to do so). – René