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Delta Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to Las Vegas (LAS) — 9,861 MQM at ~ 2.9 CPM

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We came across another good Delta mileage run from New York’s JFK. It’s a quick trip to Las Vegas in Main Cabin — and projected to earn 9,861 MQM for just under $285.

The key to this mileage run is connecting in Seattle — both on the way to Vegas and the ride back home.

Several dates are available in May — but only one (May 11) doesn’t require staying overnight in Sin City. (But if you’re looking for a midweek getaway and want to crash for a night in Vegas, here’s a great opportunity. Maybe burn some IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card bonus points over at Venetian or cash in some free nights at an MGM Resorts property with World of Hyatt Credit Card points.)

New York JFK to Las Vegas Delta mileage run dates in May 2021.
May 11 is the only date not requiring an overnight stay.

Here’s what the run looks like:

New York JFK to Las Vegas Delta mileage run on May 11, 2021.

There are some routes through ATL and LAX which cost about the same — but yield a few hundred fewer miles. The tradeoff, though, is you might be able to snag an upgrade to a lie-flat bed. ATL is running some flights on 767-400s equipped with Delta One Suites. LAX to JFK is operated on 767-300s with Delta One lie-flats.

There is about five and a half hours to kill between arrival into Vegas and the departure back to SEA. According to American Express, the Las Vegas Centurion Lounge is currently open until 6:00 PM. So that’s certainly an option if you have The Platinum Card from American Express (See Rates and Fees) and The Business Platinum Card from American Express (See Rates and Fees). Or if you purchase your ticket with any American Express card, your Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card (See Rates and Fees) and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card (See Rates and Fees) will let you in, too.

Keep in mind that Centurion Lounge access is limited to passengers on departing flights — and then only three hours (or less) before departure time.

If you’re thinking about The Club (Priority Pass), its website says that the lounge is closed and no reopening information is available.

Because Delta is awarding 50% MQM and MQD bonuses on Main Cabin trips, this trip is projected to earn approximately 9,861 MQM and $333 MQD. The going rate is $284.40.

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10 Comments

  1. Nice find. I have always asked myself why Delta insists on operating 6 hour overnight flights with 737s. I guess the load for nighttime flights is so low that any widebody would go empty.

  2. How’s it that many miles ? …I fly Alaska that route and it’s 6,280 RT total miles

  3. eponymous coward Reply

    Burning points for Vegas Strip rarely makes sense in those programs. MGM properties usually have lousy Hyatt value, add to that you’re going to get stuck with a $40-50/night resort fee. Venetian/Palazzo are 70k a night, a midweek stay might run you $200 all in.

    Hilton is occasionally OK for burning at properties like Elara, Virgin Hotel Vegas, timeshares or the W=A (and you don’t pay resort fee), but in general the Strip isn’t a great market for points. Everyone wants this as an aspirational redemption and it’s priced accordingly.

    IHG has a cheapish HIX/Candlewood Suites near the airfield on Tropicana that’s usually OK, there’s a Hyatt Place on Paradise near Virgin Vegas that’s OK too.

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