To borrow an often-used line from the Star Wars saga, I have a bad feeling about this.
How much was the default? Three million Mexican pesos — or $135,000.
I’m no economist. But if Aeromexico couldn’t find that kind of scratch, something tells me the airline might be in bigger trouble than we thought.
Losing Aeromexico would be terrible for the travel world in general. And Delta elite status pursuers would lose a valuable avenue to gain Medallion Qualification Dollars.
USA Today reminds us “Mexico’s government has refused to bail out large private companies, even those battered by the pandemic. Mexico’s other legacy airline, Mexicana, went into a Mexican bankruptcy proceeding in 2010 and never re-emerged.”
Delta Partner MQD Runs
When you book a reservation through a Delta partner, your MQD earnings are calculated by fare class and a percentage of distance flown. How much you pay for partner runs has nothing to do with how many MQD you make.
For example, this China Eastern business class run from New York to Sydney cost $3,141.65 — but yielded nearly $10,000 Delta MQD (and a ton of MQM and SkyMiles).
On the cheaper end of the spectrum, this Aeromexico trip from JFK to Quito cost under $600. But scored over $3200 MQD.
Or how about business class to Amsterdam for under $3000 — and pocketing about $6500 MQD?
I know people who book multiple runs back-to-back-to-back and knock out their status qualifications in well under a week.
These MQD runs can make it cheaper and easier to reach higher Delta status levels (e.g. Diamond and Platinum) than flying solely on the mothership. (Plus, they’re in business class!)
Aeromexico is a great MQD run option. So is China Eastern.
But I’m worried these options may not be viable for a while — or maybe ever again in Aeromexico’s case.
(I know this will trigger some folks who will crow words to the effect of Earn your status ‘the real way,’ gamers! Well, these are the MQD- and MQM-earning methods established by Delta. Take it up with them.)
What Are Our Partner MQD Options?
Look, Aeromexico isn’t dead (yet). There’s still hope. AM, though, is great in terms of price and earnings.
I think China Eastern will be just fine. But MU is currently operating a very limited schedule. For example, they fly twice a week from all of North America. That will bounce back; though it’ll take a while. (Flying through China — especially to get some points, miles, and status dollars — won’t be high on my to-do list. For a long time.)
There are other MQD options; though they’re certainly not as attractive as the Aeromexico and China Eastern “glory days,” if you will.
We’ve blogged some Virgin Atlantic runs to Johannesburg. Those are in premium economy — certainly better than standard coach — and earn 30% of distance flown. (The business class runs normally yield 40%). And every now and then, a nice Air France run pops up (like this one from JFK to Tahiti). But not having good business class MQD runs would be a big blow.
I bet the mileage run magicians at Juicy Miles can cook up some good ideas. But for now, let’s say a prayer to the mileage run gods that Aeromexico comes out of this OK.
H/T: Larry K.
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