Harbor of Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic
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If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and need some MQD to finish this Medallion year and/or begin the 2021 year, this Aeromexico business class run to Santo Domingo may appeal to you.

The trips are currently priced at $703.

(See the other runs we blogged this week)

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

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

The trip is conservatively estimated to travel 5,714 miles. Thanks to how Delta awards partner travel when you credit it to your SkyMiles account, you’ll earn approximately:

  • $2285 MQD
  • 5714 MQM (7.2 CPM)
  • 11,498 base SkyMiles (plus medallion bonus: Diamond + 120%; Platinum + 80%; Gold + 60%; Silver + 40%)

It’s nothing overwhelmingly great (especially the MQM). But if you’re Metroplex-based and need $2000 MQD to push you into the next level of Delta Air Lines Medallion status, this run could be helpful.

As usual, these are Y-UP fares that code as “I” tickets. 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!

You book them on Aeromexico.com (select the “Comfort” option) or start here and play around with the dates on Google Flights.

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

Sample Delta MQD run itinerary on Aeromexico from Dallas (DFW) to Santo Domingo (SDQ).

Consider the Hilton Mexico City Airport, which is at Terminal 1, for your overnight.

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 Dallas and Mexico City

As SkyTeam Elite members, Delta Air Lines Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallions (should…) receive complimentary access to the DFW Delta SkyClub when traveling on a SkyTeam partner international trip and may bring a guest on the same PNR. There’s also an Air France lounge in Terminal 5 which SkyTeam Elites can access.

The American Express Centurion Lounge is located near the Aeromexico gates. That’s a much better option, assuming you hold the Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply) or Business Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply).

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.

 

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 HUGE plus going for this run is its availability. Plenty of dates from now into almost the middle of 2020!

Calendar of Delta MQD run itineraries on Aeromexico from Dallas (DFW) to Santo Domingo (SDQ) Dominican Republic.

 

Get Travel Insurance and a Card that Protects You

Keep in mind the autumn dates fall ( 😉 ) 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 provide 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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