Beach photo with palm trees and blue ocean. Dominican Republic
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If you were gambling for a Las Vegas MQD mileage run to the Dominican Republic, then congratulations. We found a few dates!

The trips are currently priced at $738 in Aeromexico business class. 

(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 LAS-MTY-MEX-SDQ-MEX-LAS.

The trip is conservatively estimated to travel 6,852 miles. Thanks to how Delta awards partner travel when you credit it to your SkyMiles account, you’ll earn approximately:

  • $2740 MQD
  • 10,278 MQM (7.2 CPM)
  • 13,704 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!

I don’t really love what I see with this trip. But if you live in or near Las Vegas and can’t position to LAX for that run (or somewhere else for another), you may just have to deal. It’s another “0 night” trip that takes 48 hours…

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

Sample Delta MQD run itinerary on Aeromexico from Chicago O'Hare 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 Las Vegas and Mexico City

As SkyTeam Elite members, Delta Air Lines Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallions receive complimentary access to The Club in Terminal 3 when traveling on a SkyTeam partner international trip (like this one!) and may bring a guest on the same PNR. Those with Silver Elite or no status can also enter free with Priority Pass.

The LAS American Express Centurion Lounge (and another The Club) are located in Terminal 1 — which has a separate security checkpoint. If you have CLEAR, this may help speed up the process if you wish to visit those lounges.

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

This one’s available dates are rather underwhelming. Of the handful of dates, only very few weekends have the fare.

Calendar of Delta MQD run itineraries on Aeromexico from Las Vegas (LAS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ) Dominican Republic.

 

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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