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Chicago to Madrid Business Class Mileage Run: ~$5854 Delta MQD and 22,000 MQM on AeroMexico!

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Spain is scheduled to welcome tourists next month — which is great news because we found a very nice MQD run from Chicago O’Hare to Madrid for August!

It’s an AeroMexico business class mileage run traveling Chicago-Mexico City-Madrid-Mexico City-Chicago. The run prices out at $1,417.85 — but yields more than four times that amount worth of Delta MQD!

Plus, the hops between MEX and MAD are aboard a 787 — meaning you’ll have lie-flats so you can relax in comfort and style!

I found only two departure dates: August 20 and August 27. But several readers played around with dates and found several more available into the fall.

Here’s the itinerary:

Chicago to Madrid AeroMexico mileage run earning Delta MQD and MQM.

(It’s a great deal, so it may sell quickly. Also, consider asking our friends at Juicy Miles to help you find and book the run, if it’s available.)

Please make sure you research all applicable documentation and health requirements for entering Spain. (i.e. “vaccination passports,” negative test results, etc.)

As usual, these are Y-UP fares. There have been, in the past, some issues with getting correct credit with Y-UPs from AeroMexico. All data points suggest this problem has been fixed — but be sure to save all your boarding passes and follow these steps to make sure you get correct credit!

You’ll notice the trip involves nearly 28 hours worth of layover time in Mexico City. Your business class ticket should give you access to any open AeroMexico lounges. And if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, you can visit the Centurion Lounge. (Read Rene’s review of the MEX Centurion Lounge.)

On the way back, you’ll likely require a hotel room where you can spend the night (unless you have other ways to kill an evening in Mexico City). FWIW, there’s a Hilton at the airport.

The Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator pegs the trip at 14,716 miles flown. ITA Matrix says it’s 14,636. (We’ll go with that, the slightly more conservative figure.) Because AeroMexico business class tickets earn 40% MQD of distance flown when you credit the trip to your Delta SkyMiles account, you should earn approximately $5854 MQD toward Delta Medallion status. Plus, you’ll score about 22,000 MQM (6.4 CPM) and 29,400 redeemable SkyMiles (plus medallion bonus: Diamond + 120%; Platinum + 80%; Gold + 60%; Silver + 40%).

Need Help Booking This Run — or Finding Another One?

If you want help booking this mileage run — or something tailored just for you — get in touch with our friends at Juicy Miles. In fact, they have a Delta and SkyTeam expert who will personally craft the most ideal mileage run around your parameters.

Book mileage runs through Juicy Miles!

And, heck, save money! Pay with Membership Rewards points through Juicy Miles’ new American Express partnership.

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11 Comments

    • I’m traveling in one the middle of next week. If there aren’t any new blog posts by next Friday, you’ll know how it went.

  1. I decided that I am not going to go for DM and drop down to PM using the credit card waiver. However, I will be looking for deals like this starting Feb. 1, 2022.

    I considered skipping the credit card waiver and not having any status next year, but I have plenty of MQMs so I might was well get the four domestic upgrade certificates.

    • @Dave – Earn at least Silver Medallion MQDs to retain rollover MQMs. This, and other runs, will be a way to CRUSH status in JAN 2022 for two years of status!

      #PROTIP – Keep in mind if you are a million miler – you are NOT again NOT NOT NOT – AOK on rollover. You still must EARN at least Silver MQDs to have ANY rollover MQMs.

      • Thanks for confirming that million milers can’t roll over MQMs solely using million miler SM status. I am 20,000 MQMs away from million miler status.

        For me, this is a tough choice. I can spend $2K in dollars or points (valued at one cent each for MQD purposes) to reach SM, save 50,000 MQMs, redirect the Delta AMEX spend elsewhere, and forgo the four DUCs. or I can spend much less with Delta and get to PM using the credit card waiver, burn 50,000 more MQMs, and get the DUCs. Am I missing anything else? For 2022, I will still have plenty of MQMs either way, and MQDs will determine when I hit DM. The only advantage I see is saving MQMs for future years.

        One question. You stated “This, and other runs, will be a way to CRUSH status in JAN 2022 for two years of status!” If I did this particular run, I would hit GM this year since I have already traveled with Delta in 2021. Based on your strategy, it seems that I would want to avoid that and save 25,000 MQMs by only reaching SM.

  2. Dennis Carter Reply

    Hey Chris.
    Nice MQD run. Are COVID testing facilities at the Mexico Airport for testing before reentering the United States?

  3. Mark Harrington Reply

    Hi Chris,
    Aeromexico doesn’t list “business class” as an option on their website. Which of their options do you need to choose? Basic, Classic, AM Plus, Comfort or Premier?
    Regards,
    Mark

    • @Mark – You can not book on AeroMexico site. You need to book on Priceline to get the deal. Search for business class.

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