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Delta First/Business Class Elite Mileage Run: Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue (LIH) via Seattle (SEA) — Projected ~19,190 MQM at 5.2 CPM

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Aloha! Here’s a pretty nice Delta mileage run for those not chasing MQD this year. (Maybe you’re cool with the Delta Amex Platinum MQD waiver — and/or plan to roll over a ton of MQM into 2022.)

But seats are limited — so jump on it now if you’re interested.

It’s an overnight, turn-and-burn run in Delta “Z” First Class (so, y’know, domestic business class). The run travels LAX-SEA-LIH-SEA-LIH. You ride 737s between LAX and SEA; then 757s between the Emerald City and Kauai.

Delta says it’ll earn 10,966 MQM and $940 MQD. But because the airline is awarding 75% bonuses on premium cabin tickets flown this year, those figures bump up to ~19,190 MQM and $1645 MQD.

There are a couple of different departure times from and arrival times back to LAX available. So that’ll determine your price. But right now, they’re currently $992-$1000.

But here’s where it potentially gets even sweeter.

Remember that SkyMiles award tickets earn MQM and MQD this year. Some award prices are available for just 84,000 SkyMiles plus $5.60. That’s a fantastic deal, IMHO.

Delta mileage run from LAX to Lihue -- first class.

Delta mileage run from LAX to Lihue -- first class.

As of this post, we see just five dates available at those prices:

  • August 17
  • August 18
  • August 24
  • August 25
  • August 31

COVID-Testing Requirements

Keep in mind Hawaii requires negative COVID-19 tests for all travelers entering the state — even if they’re fully vaccinated.

Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

State of Hawaii

Here’s a list of their participating COVID test providers. Remember to keep these potential costs in mind.

Hawaii said it’ll drop the testing and quarantine requirements if 70% of the state’s residents get COVID-19 vaccinations. If all goes well (don’t hold your breath), testing won’t be required by the time people take these mileage runs. But for now, plan on needing that negative COVID-19 test.

Need a Different Mileage Run?

Want a mileage run from your home airport? Looking for something on Oneworld or Star Alliance? Get in touch with our friends at Juicy Miles. They can put together a mileage run that’ll amaze you.

Happy travels!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the mileage run. Looks like I will be able to maintain Platinum status thru 2022. woot woot!

    Best,
    Sandy

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