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Delta Elite Weekend Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to Orange County/Santa Ana (SNA): 6,798 MQM at 3.2 CPM!

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s JFK-DFW single-day trip, we found another Delta elite mileage run for folks in the Big Apple (or those who can position to JFK.)

This is a quick, weekend getaway from JFK to Orange County/Santa Ana, California. And because both legs connect in Seattle, it hauls in a bunch of MQM! (We spotted several weekday dates available throughout April, too.)

If you have an anniversary night certificate from a hotel credit card such as the World of Hyatt Credit Card, IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card, etc, this could be a nice opportunity to use it in a fun locale.

Keep in mind this is a Basic Economy itinerary. But Delta is blocking middle seats through at least April 30, so you’ll have a seat open next to you (unless you bring a companion).

The trip costs $216.80 and yields 6,798 MQM. The key here is to connect in SEA. This Google Flights search helps you get started.

Our specific itinerary departs Friday morning, April 16, and gets you to SNA in late afternoon. You can enjoy that night and into the early afternoon Saturday before heading back to the airport. The return involves a redeye from SEA to JFK — but you have Sunday to recover before the traditional work week starts!

Delta Mileage Run: JFK to SNA in April 2021.

Here’s a link to the Delta booking page for this itinerary.

  • Cost: $216.80
  • Dates: Several available during April
  • Route: JFK-SEA-SNA. Overnight stay. SNA-SEA-JFK
  • MQM: 6,798 (3.2 CPM)
  • MQD: $159
  • Base SkyMiles: 795

Need Mileage Run Help?

Need to book a mileage run on Delta — or another airline? Want something from your hometown? If you want help creating the perfect mileage run or award booking, please get in touch with our friends at Juicy Miles.

In fact, Juicy Miles has a Delta expert who will personally craft the most ideal mileage run around your parameters.

Book mileage runs through Juicy Miles!

Paying for the Trip

Save money! Pay with Membership Rewards points through Juicy Miles’ new American Express partnership.

If you pay cash, remember to use a credit card earning 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!

Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard

5X with the no annual fee Chase Freedom Flex (<– LINK) when purchasing travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards site.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa credit card5X with the no annual fee Chase Freedom Unlimited (<– LINK) when purchasing travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards site.

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)

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!

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 travel purchases, including airfare, hotels, rideshare, and more!

The Delta Reserve Card from American Express3X (or 5X if targeted!) with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card (<– LINK) on purchases made directly with Delta Air Lines. Delta Sky Club and American Express Centurion Lounge access also included!

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.3X (or 5X if targeted!) with the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card (<– LINK) on purchases made directly with Delta Air Lines.

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.3X (or 5X if targeted!)with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card (<– LINK) on purchases made directly with Delta Air Lines. Delta Sky Club and American Express Centurion Lounge access also included!

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card3X (or 5X if targeted!) with the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card (<– LINK) on purchases made directly with Delta Air Lines.

Enjoy!

–Chris

 

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2 Comments

  1. Nice deal but why would anyone spend hours in the back of a 757 on Basic Economy? If you book Basic Economy even Diamond Medallion can’t help you

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