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Elite MQD Business Class Run: Austin (AUS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ): $2133 MQD, 9699 MQM Plus SkyMiles

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The National Palace, Santo Domingo, capital city of Dominican Republic
(©iStock.com/eugenesergeev)

Not as lucrative as our Los Angeles and New York runs to Santo Domingo — but still a solid option for Delta Medallions in Austin needing a few MQDs.

The trips are currently priced as low as $678 in Aeromexico business class. The random sample dates I selected were all on Embraer ERJ-190s.

Many dates give you the option to either get right back on the plane in SDQ or stay a few days. An overnight is Mexico City is required with all the options I examined.

The general routing is AUS-MEX-SDQ-MEX-AUS.

The trip is estimated to travel 5,334 miles. So because of how Delta awards partner travel when you credit it to your SkyMiles account, this trip will earn you:

  • $2133 MQD
  • 9699 MQM (@ 6.9 CPM — still a good Busines Class run!)
  • 10,668 base SkyMiles (plus medallion bonus: Diamond + 120%; Platinum + 80%; Gold + 60%; Silver + 40%)

As usual, these are Y-UP fares. There have been, in the past, some issues with getting correct credit with Y-UPs from AeroMexico. All data points suggest this problem has been fixed — but be sure to save all your boarding passes and follow these steps to make sure you get correct credit!

Here’s a sample itinerary with an immediate turnaround in SDQ:

Sample Delta MQD run itinerary on Aeromexico from Austin (AUS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ).

 

Itineraries involving an overnight Santo Domingo still require another overnight stopover in MEX:

Sample Delta MQD run itinerary on Aeromexico from Austin (AUS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ).

 

When staying overnight in MEX, consider the Hilton Mexico City Airport, which is at Terminal 1. (You can help support the blog by booking with our Hilton link offering free breakfast and hotel credit at properties in Mexico — thank you!) Hilton also is available through Be Frugal and Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates).

Lounge Access in Austin and Mexico City

As SkyTeam Elite members, Delta Air Lines Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallions (should…) receive complimentary access to the Delta SkyClub in Austin when traveling on a SkyTeam partner international itinerary and may bring a guest on the same itinerary.

A seating area inside the circular bar portion is seen at the Delta Sky Club Austin airport lounge at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. Photo © Chris Carley / PointsLounge
The Delta SkyClub in Austin

According to Aeromexico, you should be able to enter any Aeromexico lounge, given you’re traveling business class on a SkyTeam partner airline.

Per the SkyTeam website, SkyTeam Elite passengers also receive complimentary access to the Aeromexico’s Salon Premier Nacional in Terminal M.

Also, Priority Pass members may access Salon Premier and Terraza Premier in Terminal 2.

This (and most Aeromexico) run goes through Mexico City, which has a Centurion Lounge (read Rene’s review). So if you don’t yet have a Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply) or Business Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply) to get you into the Centurion Lounge, now would be a great time to consider applying.

American Express Centurion Lounge in Mexico City (MEX)

Get Into the Lounge!

The Platinum Card from American Express.

<– Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)

 

American Express Business Platinum card

<– Business Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)

Availability

A number of dates in September and October are available, as well as November 30 and a handful in December. A few dates each in January, February, and March can get you a jump start on 2021’s Medallion year!

 

Calendar of Delta MQD run itineraries on Aeromexico from Austin (AUS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ).

The deal is available on Aeromexico.com.

Get Travel Insurance and a Card that Protects You

Keep in mind the fall dates occur during hurricane season. Protect yourself with a travel insurance plan from Travelex or Allianz.

While we all love earning 5X on purchases made directly with airlines when paying with the Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply), consider using one of these cards that come with Chase’s travel interruption coverage:

The Chase Ink Business Preferred card

 

Chase Ink Business Preferred Card (3x on travel, up to $150,000 in combined purchases each anniversary year)

 

Learn more about the Chase Sapphire Reserve at renespoints.com/csr

 

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card (3x on travel, $300 annual travel credit and Priority Pass membership)

 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred travel rewards credit card.

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

 

Remember our friend Adam and his Juicy Miles team will construct a personalized mileage run for you!

— Chris

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