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MQDs for 2021 Delta Status! LAX to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) Weekend Elite MQD & MQM Mileage Runs! Multiple Dates Available Early 2020

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If you want a jumpstart on 2021 Delta Medallion status, check this out!

While poking around today, I discovered the LAX to JNB run some are taking next month is available several weekends in January, February, and March 2020!

So if you’re not on next month’s run — or just can’t get enough Jo’burg — start looking at these Virgin Atlantic runs next year!

These are Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy runs. So not business class (which are significantly costlier) but also not in steerage.

One Night Stays and “Turnarounds” Available!

Many people want to make mileage runs as short as possible. Buy I received complaints about the JNB runs we published because there wasn’t enough time to explore Johannesburg. Flights arrived early morning and departed later that night.

Most of the weekends I found with good fares allow you to depart LAX on Thursday, arrive in JNB on Saturday, and leave Sunday night. So you have a day and a night to enjoy Johannesburg.

There are also quicker “turnarounds” available, with the standard 9-12 hours to see whatever you can of the city or engage in some airport appreciation.

In any case, here are what the trips entail:

Book through Virgin Atlantic and credit to your Delta SkyMiles account. (See Rene’s post that explains why and how.)

Calendar of dates available for Virgin Atlantic LAX to JNB mileage runs to earn Delta MQDs.

One Night Stay in Johannesburg

Delta MQD mileage run on Virgin Atlantic -- LAX to LHR to JNB in 2020

“Turnaround”/Day Visit in Johannesburg

Delta MQD mileage run on Virgin Atlantic -- LAX to LHR to JNB in 2020

Paying for the Trip

Remember to use a credit card awarding you bonus points for your airfare purchases!

The Platinum Card from American Express. 5X on The Platinum Card from American Express (<– LINK) when using your card to purchase airfare directly from airlines. Plus airport lounge access!

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card.3X with the Chase Sapphire Reserve (<– LINK), which also comes with an annual $300 travel credit. Plus airport lounge access!

The Chase Ink Business Preferred card3X on the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card (<– LINK) (3X on the first $150,000 combined spend in categories — such as travel — each anniversary year)

American Express Gold Card3X with the American Express Gold Card (<– LINK) when using your card to purchase airfare directly from airlines

Enjoy!

–Chris

Cover image photo: ©iStock.com/Johann Swanepoel

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5 Comments

  1. Michael Giardina

    Have you heard of any issues at JNB with customs taking issue with such a short duration? I’ve had a few people indicate JNB can be pretty nasty. But their experience is from years ago.

  2. Anyway to use Virgin miles to further upgrade this itinerary to Biz?

  3. Some of these runs extend well into the spring months as well. I hope to catch maybe two of these runs.

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