Delta SkyMiles members in the southeast can quickly score a bunch of MQM on this Orlando (MCO) to Lihue, Kauai (LIH) elite mileage run. (Perhaps Atlanta-based travelers can reposition to/from MCO for this one?)
Heads-up: it involves a lot of flying during a relatively short period of time.
But there is good news.
The entire run is in Delta First Class (domestic business class). So you’ll be at least somewhat comfortable.
Plus, the cash cost is $1324.29 — or 102,000 SkyMiles (plus about $6). That’s great because Delta awards 75% MQM, MQD, and MQS bonuses on premium cabin tickets flown through the rest of 2021 — including award tickets.
Based on that, the trip should haul in ~27,272 MQM and $2129.50 MQD. That’s nearly an entire status jump to/from most Medallion tiers. That comes in at about 5 CPMQM — which is pretty good for a business class run, IMHO.
The trip flies MCO-SLC-LAX-LIH-SEA-MCO. So you’re hitting nearly all of Delta’s West Coast hubs in a little over one day.
Notice that meals will be served during all but one flight! Hallelujah!
(I hope you have either a Delta Sky Club membership or one of these American Express cards giving members admission to the lounges so you can get a shower or place to relax between flights. If you don’t, now might be the time to get one.)
The only date I saw available was August 31. But poke around in case something becomes available.
Hawaii currently requires negative COVID-19 tests for all travelers entering the state. Even the fully vaccinated folks.
Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Here’s a list of the state’s participating COVID test providers. Factor these potential costs into your trip.
Hawaii will drop the testing and quarantine requirements if 70% of the state’s residents get COVID-19 vaccinations. That could happen as soon as next month. But I’d play it safe and plan to get a COVID test a day or so before my flight.
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