Bay Area travelers have an opportunity to pick up some nice MQM and MQD with an Aeromexico business class run to Santo Domingo!
The trips are currently priced as low as $728. The random sample dates I selected had itineraries on 737s and Embraer ERJ-190s.
As with the other SDQ runs we blogged earlier, several dates give you the option to either get right back on the plane in SDQ or stay a few days. Also like most of the others, there’s a redeye outbound. Everything I saw has an overnight stayover in Mexico City on the return.
The general routing is SFO-MEX-SDQ-MEX-SFO.
The trip is estimated to travel 7,600 miles. Because of how Delta awards partner travel when you credit it to your SkyMiles account, you’ll earn:
- $3040 MQD
- 11,241 (@ 6.5 CPM — a good Busines Class run!)
- 15,200 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:
Itineraries involving an overnight Santo Domingo still require another overnight stopover in MEX. So a “one-night” trip is really three nights.
When staying overnight in MEX, consider the Hilton Mexico City Airport, which is at Terminal 1 — right at the airport! (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 San Francisco and Mexico City
There’s a Delta Sky Club in SFO and American Express Centurion Lounge, as well. But both outside the international terminal, meaning you’d have to clear security a couple of times. With Priority Pass, however, you should be able to access the Air France-KLM lounge.
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!
<– Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)
<– Business Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)
A number of dates in September and October are available, with a smattering of days in November and December. I didn’t see anything in 2020.
The deal is available on Aeromexico.com.
Get Travel Insurance and a Card that Protects You
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:
Chase Ink Business Preferred Card (3x on travel, up to $150,000 in combined purchases each anniversary year)
Chase Sapphire Reserve Card (3x on travel, $300 annual travel credit and Priority Pass membership)
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Remember our friend Adam and his Juicy Miles team will construct a personalized mileage run for you!
- Don’t miss a single run.
- Need to learn how to find a run? See THIS Rookie post for how-to guide!
- Boost your Delta MQMs with the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express(learn how to apply) or Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card (learn how to apply)
- Want a custom built run from your home airport? You can find one here.
- Relax in an airport lounge during your mileage run with one of these cards!
- The Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)
- The Business Platinum Card from American Express (learn how to apply)
- Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express (learn how to apply)
- Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card (learn how to apply)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve (no access to Delta Sky Clubs)
Other MQD Runs We’ve Blogged This Week
- New York JFK to Lima, Peru: Weekend Overnight Business Class Run: $3777 MQD, 14,166 MQM, 18,888 SkyMiles!
- Elite Aeromexico Business Class Run for Delta MQD: Los Angeles LAX to Santo Domingo! $2276 MQD & 10,900 MQM for $640!
- Business Class Run for Delta MQD: New York JFK to Santo Domingo SDQ on Aeromexico: $3702 MQD, 12,054 MQM
- Elite MQD Business Class Run: Austin (AUS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ): $2133 MQD, 9699 MQM Plus SkyMiles
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