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We found another “Scenic Route from Florida to the Dominican Republic” MQM mileage run: Orlando to Santo Domingo via Mexico City!

The lowest-priced 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.

Minimum stays vary from day to day. You may see the $703 fare in the calendar below and assume it’s over a quick turn. That particular day’s fare, though, may require a one or two night stay. (Or vice versa.) Punch around on Aeromexico.com (look for the “Comfort” fares) and Google Flights to see what you come up with.

Keep in mind the calendar below is a collage of screenshots taken just before this post went live. If you don’t see a fare available on Aeromexico.com and Google Flights, it may be gone for that particular day(s).

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

The trip is conservatively estimated to travel 6,396 miles. Thanks to how Delta awards partner travel when you credit it to your SkyMiles account, you’ll earn approximately:

  • $2558 MQD
  • 6,398 MQM (7.2 CPM)
  • 12,796 base SkyMiles (plus medallion bonus: Diamond + 120%; Platinum + 80%; Gold + 60%; Silver + 40%)

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!

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

Sample Delta MQD run itinerary on Aeromexico from Orlando (MCO) 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 Orlando and Mexico City

As SkyTeam Elite members, Delta Air Lines Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallions (should…) receive complimentary access to the MCO 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.

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

Each month has a handful of dates open. The year, October and early December are the best. You can get a jump start on the 2021 year a bunch of mid-to-late week dates in January, February, and March.

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

Get Travel Insurance and a Card that Protects You

Hurricane season is still in effect during the fall dates. 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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