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Delta First Class Elite Mileage Run: Detroit to Anchorage ~16,856 MQM at 4 CPM!

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I think the people most excited about today’s news that Delta is giving MQM, MQD, and MQS bonuses are probably the hub-captive folks in MSP, DTW, ATL, and SLC.

We found a pretty sweet Delta mileage run from Detroit to Anchorage — in first class. Our estimates based on the 75% bonuses: about 16,856 MQM, 7 MQS, and $1058 MQD. It currently costs $680.50.

Our search yielded only a few dates for this particular itinerary — which involves an eight-hour layover in Anchorage (plenty of time to take a float plane ride like René did!)

But head to this page on Google Flights to play around with the dates based on your needs. You may find something that works better for you.

Here’s our sample itinerary:

Delta Mileage Run from Detroit to Anchorage

I know the MQM and MQD figures on Delta.com don’t reflect the 50% bonuses. We’re trying to get word from Delta as to when those will “officially” start updating.

Delta said on its site:

MQMs earned through flight activity on Delta are calculated based on distance flown and fare class purchased – your bonus will be applied to this value.

  • For example, if you would usually earn 2,000 MQMs on a flight booked in First Class based on the distance and fare class purchased, you would earn 3,500 MQMs.

So based on that, here’s what this trip should earn:

  • Cost: $680.50
  • Route: DTW-SEA-ANC-MSP-DTW
  • MQM: 16,856 (4.03 CPM) 
  • MQD: $1058
  • Base SkyMiles: 3,025

“But When Are You Posting a Mileage Run I Want?!”

If you want help planning a mileage run from your hometown or something that will score you a bunch of MQD, I highly recommend you get in touch with our friends at Juicy Miles. In fact, they have 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

Featured image: ©iStock.com/Jeff Manes

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8 Comments

  1. Most of these AK runs rely on routing through SEA it seems like, any tips for looking for potential runs in the reverse direction (i.e. starting from SEA)?

  2. I scored a mileage run DTW-MSP-ANC and ANC-MSP-DTW in F the 3rd weekend in May. Any thoughts on where to spend 2 nights in ANC – midtown or downtown?

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