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Atlanta to Delhi Mileage Run for Delta Status: Estimated $5013 MQD and 25,068 MQM in Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy

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Merry Christmas, indeed! We get lots of requests for mileage runs from Atlanta (and other Delta hubs). They’re generally hard to find — but we’re always excited when we find one.

Here’s a true mileage run (i.e. not leaving the airport, doing tons of flying) from Atlanta to Delhi, India in Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy. The final flight — a JFK to ATL hop — is in Delta Comfort+ but still codes as a Virgin “K” fare.

It currently prices at $1,596.55 and is estimated to travel 16,711 miles.

This sinlge trip can give you an entire status jump from most tiers to the next.

Delta Gold, Platinum and Diamonds Medallions: remember you’re SkyTeam Elite. This gives you and a guest access to Delta Air Lines Sky Clubs during international trips such as these. Plus, Platinums and Diamonds can enjoy the fabulous Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow!

A few things to know:

The State Department says all US citizens need visas to visit India. I don’t see any exemptions for mileage runners 🙂 . They run about $100 and are valid for 10 years. So factor that cost into your run if you don’t hold an Indian travel visa.

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

Atlanta to Delhi mileage run

If This Run Doesn’t Work for You…

Make a New Year’s resolution to enjoy mileage runs tailored to your schedule, budget, and home airport! Get in touch with the mileage run staff at Juicy Miles now and plan something for 2020.

Paying for the Trip

Remember to use a credit card that gives you bonus points on 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 Preferred travel rewards credit card.2X with the Chase Sapphire Preferred (<– LINK), which also comes with great trip delay and cancellation coverage!

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

The American Express Green Card3X with the American Express Green Card (<– LINK), which awards all travel purchases, including airfare, hotels, rideshare, and more!

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!

Enjoy!

— Santa Chris

Featured image: ©iStock.com/YURY_TARANIK

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2 Comments

  1. Chris, Virgin Atlantic rules are slightly different than Sky Team partners.
    From https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/where-we-fly/flight-partners/virgin-atlantic-partnership/virgin-atlantic-faqs.html/#clubhouse (and copied below)
    Notice the important differences between Diamond/Platinum and Gold. Gold can only use the Clubhouse within the US, but is given access to other, sadly lesser, lounges in LHR.

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    Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge access is available at select locations to Delta One® passengers, Upper Class passengers, and Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Members with a same-day nonstop transatlantic flight between North America and the U.K. that is operated by Delta or Virgin Atlantic. Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members may access Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses in London-Gatwick, New York-JFK, Newark, Washington-Dulles, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco Airports. Gold Medallion Members may only access Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses within the U.S. (New York-JFK, Newark, Washington-Dulles, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco Airports). Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Members are allowed to bring one guest. While access to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in London-Heathrow is not available to Gold Medallion Members, these Members may enjoy access to No1 Lounges, Heathrow at LHR’s Terminal 3. Please travel with and be prepared to show proof of your Medallion status to the Virgin Atlantic representative to receive these benefits.

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