Could Delta Sell Their 737s to Southwest and American — and Stock Up on More Airbus Planes?

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Row 1, seats 1C and 1D of the Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-900ER.

I know an airline that operates plenty of 737s — and a couple of other carriers who may need a few.

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American Airlines Donates $150,000 to El Paso and Dayton Foundations Following Shootings

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American Airlines — whose subsidiary PSA Airlines is headquartered in Dayton — donated $150,000 to El Paso and Dayton community foundations following the mass shootings this weekend in those cities.

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Can a Cell Phone Actually Crash a Delta Plane? What About Other Airlines?

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The hits just keep on coming for Boeing.

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American Airlines Passenger Strips Down, Becomes Irate During Apparent Flight Delay.

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An American Airlines passenger lost his mind — and some clothes — during a flight delay last week.

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TODAY is the BEST Day to Delta Medallion Status Match Challenge For Benefits Through January 31, 2021!

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If you hold elite status with an airline other than Delta, today is the day to begin a Delta Medallion status match challenge.

Once you match status and meet certain challenge thresholds for MQM (Medallion Qualification Miles) or MQS (Medallion Qualification Segments) and MQD (Medallion Qualification Dollar) spending, you’ll hold Delta status the rest of this year and all of next Medallion year — which ends on January 31, 2021!

But today is critical in the status match challenge calendar. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

What Are the Status Match Requirements?

There are three requirements to qualify for a status match challenge — and you must meet all of them.

Per Delta:

  • You have not received a Status Match or complimentary Medallion Status in the past three years, unless the complimentary Medallion Status was through your Million Miler Status.
  • You currently have elite status with a qualifying airline that was earned through that airline’s published requirements (complimentary status or status earned through a promotion does not qualify)
  • You are able to present both a valid, current elite credential and a statement showing your earned elite status

Which airlines match? Delta has a list here, although they note at the bottom “If you have status with an airline (excluding Delta airline partners) that is not listed above but meet the participation criteria, you can still submit your request  to participate in the Status Match Challenge.”

Each status match level has its own challenges.

 

Delta Status Match Challenge requirements in 2019 for the 2021 Medallion year.

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The challenges must be met within a three month period beginning the day you’re granted temporary status.

What’s So Special About Today?

Two reasons.

First, per Delta: “If you enroll in the challenge on or after July 1, 2019 and you complete the requirements, your Medallion Status will be extended through January 31, 2021.”

Obviously, you want to get started as soon and enjoy status as long as possible

The next reason is this:

MQMs can possibly be earned through flying or credit card spend — and massive Delta American Express card Welcome Offers expire tomorrow.

Why do I say “possibly”? Delta writes “Only MQMs, MQSs and MQDs earned through travel on Delta, Delta Connection, and SkyMiles Partner Airlines will count towards the challenge. MQMs/MQSs/MQDs earned through other sources, including but not limited to SkyMiles Credit Cards, do not count towards the challenge.”

BUT in years past, that hasn’t been the case. Delta has treated all MQM equally.

So if you apply today for, say, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express — either the Personal (learn more) or Business flavor (learn more) — and meet the card’s minimum spend requirement within the first three months, you’ll earn 5,000 MQM.

That’s almost the entire challenge for Silver (6,250 MQM), not quite half for Gold (12,500), and nearly a third for Platinum (18,750).

As for the rest of the MQM requirement, Delta Amex cardholders can Pay with (Sky)Miles and still earn MQM. So put some of those huge welcome bonus SkyMiles to work for you, and take a trip or two while earning status!

Remember you can hold both business and personal versions of the same credit card. You can also, for example, have a Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express (learn more) and Delta Reserve American Express Card (learn more), meet the minimum spend on both, and combine them to meet the MQM requirement.

Again: we know what the wording says. But given that Delta has unofficially allowed it before, it might be worth a gamble.

How to Meet a Delta Status Match Challenge’s MQD Requirements

I can think of four ways to meet MQD requirements:

1. Pay cash for your Delta flights and charge them to your new Delta Amex card. A Welcome Bonus period is the only time I recommend charging airfare to a Delta card. The Platinum Card from American Express (learn more), Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Chase Sapphire Preferred are good options, too.

2. Have an American Express card earning Membership Rewards (MR)? Use MR points to pay some of or the entire fare when booking directly through Amex’s travel portal. Why? Delta registers those trips as paid tickets which earn MQD (and MQM and MQS).

3. If you can spend $25,000 on a Delta American Express card (or across multiple Delta Amexes during your three-month challenge, you’ll meet Delta’s MQD spend waiver for all Medallion levels except Diamond. Plus, Delta American Express Platinum Card (learn more) holders earn a bonus 10,000 MQM. Delta Reserve American Express Card holders (learn more) are still MQD exempt at $25,000 but must hit $30,000 for their bonus which is 15,000 MQM.

4. Fly Delta’s SkyTeam partners. You earn MQD when flying Delta’s SkyTeam partners and crediting the flights to your SkyMiles account. Flights sold by partner airlines earn MQD based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class a customer pays. For example, this now-expired first class mileage run on Aero Mexico cost $671 — but earned almost $2000 in MQD credit.

Anxious to book a SkyTeam elite mileage and MQD run now ? 😉 We post deals when we find them. You can also get in touch with our friend Adam, who is a mileage run master.

A Word About Partner Airlines

A Virgin Atlantic 747

Qualifying status match flights must be marketed and booked as Delta trips.

In other words, if you want to fly Delta’s SkyTeam partner Virgin Atlantic from LAX to Heathrow and have that flight count towards your status match, do not buy it through Virgin Atlantic. Book it through Delta, where it will be ticketed as a Delta flight (ie Delta #9555) even though you’re physically flying something like Virgin #8.

Ready to Match Status?

As a few examples…

Hold status with American? Sick of delAAys and no seatback entertainment? AA Golds can match to Delta Silver, while AA Platinums can jump to Delta Gold.

Can’t deal with any more of United being United? UA Premier Silvers match to DL Silver, UA Premier Golds to DL Gold, and Premier Platinum, Platinum 1K, and Global Services can enjoy DL Platinum.

Even Southwest A-listers can get in on the fun! Imagine knowing ahead of time where you’ll sit — and being able to book a seat you actually like! You may even receive the occasional first class upgrade. Southwest A-List matches to Silver. A-List Preferred matched to Gold.

Will You Status Match Challenge — Or Have You Matched Before?

Elite status holders with other airlines: are you ready to join us Delta Medallions on the dark side? 😉 Why or why not?

Or if you’ve participated in a status match challenge, what was your experience? Any tips or advice you can share?

Tell us in the Comment section below! — Chris

Los Angeles to San Juan American Airlines $289 Summer Sale Elite Mileage Runs Act NOW!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

A LAX-SJU Summer Sale

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LAX-SJU Summer Sale (2)

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LAX-SJU Summer Sale (3)Summer Fare Calendar

Available Dates in July and August

Following up on our recent Mileage Run post, San Francisco to Dublin, we offer a Caribbean Summer Sale and Mileage Run for our American Airlines AAdvantage readers and followers. If you do not follow us yet on Twitter, then please click here to start!  That will keep you ‘in the loop‘ with the latest Mileage Run tweets.
Today, I found that American Airlines is aggressively pricing cheap fares to Puerto Rico.  I have been tweeting many of these, but wanted to offer this fantastic SUMMER DEAL here, since it covers two full months and has so many available dates for travel; plus it these can be simple Mileage Run itineraries or full vacation fares.
I did a similar run not too far back and I paid about $70 more for the flights.  This Mileage Run comes in at $289 and you can simply touchdown and turn around, or stay a few nights (for about $5 more.)
There are a lot of dates open and we will share two examples in this post. But using our booking links you can search for alternative dates.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

EQM’s:     7,199 Elite Qualification Miles (EQM’s)

Fare:         $289

Cost:           4 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your American Airlines / AAdvantage account before you click on the booking link below:

This link books through AA.com  –

DIRECT BOOKING LINK

Los Angeles (LAX) – Charlotte (CLT) – San Juan (SJU)  – Charlotte (CLT) – Los Angeles (LAX)  August 6th-7th, 2016 – Now here are the flight details for those dates:

 

LAX-SJU Summer Sale (4)

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LAX-SJU Summer Sale (2)

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And here is an alternative, a week-long stay for a true vacation in sunny Puerto Rico:

LAX-SJU Summer Sale Week

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And here is the DIRECT BOOKING LINK for that itinerary (July 11th – 18th)

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

JFK to Miami $72 and 2383 EQMs at 3CPM (Potential of 4766) Miles American Airlines Elite Mileage Run

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Saturday, March 5, 2016    by John @laptoptravel

JFK-MIA Plane

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So following up after our incredible “Houston to Hong Kong $589 and 17246 EQMs at 3.4CPM (Potential of 34492) Miles American Airlines Elite Mileage Run” post from a couple of weeks ago, I am featuring another another American Airlines Mileage Run for you AAdvantage members (or wannabees.)

Here is a chance to escape the winter blues in New York and hop on a plane to Miami and spend a night and the next day to enjoy the sunshine, warmth and beach before you have to return. A worthy Mileage Run, I hope you would agree.  This one is priced at a CRAZY $72 for New York’s JFK airport to Miami.  You can do a same-day, if you really want to, but why I ask.

Although you are flying in ‘Q’ fare class you still earn your Elite Qualifying Miles as shown:

 

LAX-SJU Feb Mar 2016 American Earnings Chart

In addition, Executive Platinum and Platinum members will earn a 100% bonus and Gold members will earn a 25% bonus, based on the flight miles or minimum miles guaranteed, when traveling with American Airlines.

Elite Mileage Bonus Benefits

Executive Platinum    100%

Platinum    100%

Gold     25%

So that makes your redeemable miles even more rewarding on this itinerary.

This could be a great time to contact American Airlines and request a status challenge, if you have not already achieved status with the airline.  Currently the only way I know of to begin, or enter this challenge is to call American Airlines.  You can call them at (888) 697-5636. The cost for the Platinum Challenge is $200 and the Gold Challenge is less at $100.

As you can see from the calendars and flight schedules I have posted you have a lot of options!  The easiest way to book this is to use the link I have provided you below:

*NOTE: Make sure you sign into your AAdvantage Account before you click on this booking link.

DIRECT BOOKING LINK

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

EQM’s:     2383 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM’s) 

RDM’s:     4766 for Executive Platinum and Platinum Elites, 2979 for Gold Elites

Ticket Price:  $72

Cost:   3.0 Cents Per Mile (CPM) 

We hope you enjoy this great find!

I think American is really kicking it when it comes to some great mileage runs and competitive fares!  I have seen more fare wars and attacks in the past 72 hours than I have seen in a long, long time! With the mileage bonuses for elites, it is almost too good to turn down; especially if you go for a status challenge.  The mileage runs we post are excellent vehicles for you to meet your status requirements.  Be advised, however, that American’s award chart changes for travel booked on or after March 22nd of this year and they will be going to a revenue-based earnings program (almost identical to Delta’s) in the “latter half of 2016.”

I am really excited about the possibilities for big Mileage Runs as American is sure to take Delta on more aggressively this year and as posturing for the Asia markets increases.

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  Best Wishes and Happy Travels.   Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

 

 

Houston to Hong Kong $589 and 17246 EQMs at 3.4CPM (Potential of 34492) Miles American Airlines Elite Mileage Run

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016  by John @laptoptravel

Hong Kong Night

Houston to Hong Kong American Airlines March 2016 Mileage Run Booking

Houston to Hong Kong American Airlines March 2016 Mileage Run Calendar

Houston to Hong Kong American Airlines March 2016 Mileage Run March Calendar

Houston to Hong Kong American Airlines March 2016 Mileage Run RouteMap

 

Here is a chance to fly one of the longest non-stops from the USA.  American Airlines operates their Boeing 777 Wide-Body aircraft for the Dallas to Hong Kong flight on this Mileage Run.  You originate in Houston (Hobby Airport) and change planes in Dallas (DFW)

It is also a chance to get as many as 34,492 Redeemable AAdvantage Miles (depending on your status)

You will earn 17,246 Elite Qualifying Miles with American and if you are already an Elite with their AAdvantage program you can earn bonus miles as follows:

 

Elite Mileage Bonus Benefits

Executive Platinum    100%

Platinum    100%

Gold     25%

 

 

This could be a great time to contact American Airlines and request a status challenge, if you have not already achieved status with the airline.  Currently the only way I know of to begin, or enter this challenge is to call American Airlines.  You can call them at (888) 697-5636. The cost for the Platinum Challenge is $200 and the Gold Challenge is less at $100.

As you can see from the calendars and flight schedules I have posted you have a lot of options!  The easiest way to book this is to use one of the two links I have provided you below:

*NOTE: Make sure you sign into your AAdvantage Account before you click on either of these booking links.

DIRECT BOOKING LINK   HOU-DFW-HKG-DFW-HOU

 

DIRECT BOOKING LINK   HOU-DFW-HKG-DFW-HOU

 

The tightest schedule gets you into Hong Kong at 6:35pm (a day after your Houston departure) and then departs the next afternoon and gets you back to your Houston origination at 6:00pm two days after you left Houston!  That’s quick for so many EQM’s!

 

If you have any Systemwide Upgrades from American Use them on this Dallas to Hong Kong flight! It is booked at 17 hours, 5 minutes! Phew!

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

EQM’s:  17,246 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM’s)

RDM’s: 34,493 for Executive Platinum and Platinum Elites, 21,558 for Gold Elites

Ticket Price:  $589

Cost:   3.4 Cents Per Mile (CPM) 

We hope you enjoy this great find!

 

I am really excited about the possibilities for big Mileage Runs as American is sure to take Delta on more aggressively this year and as posturing for the Asia markets increases.

 

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points andElite Mileage Runs

Best Wishes and Happy Travels!

Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

 

 

Omaha to Jakarta $722 & 21,351 EQMs at 3.6CPM AAdvantage Miles Mileage Run

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 by John @laptoptravel

American Airlines AAdvantage Mileage Run OMA-DFW-HKG-CGK March 2016 Route Map

Jakarta_Skyline_Landscape_Mileage Run American Calendar

OMA-DFW-HKG-CGK March 2016 American Airlines AAdvantage Booking

It looks like we are off and running in 2016 with some amazing Mileage Runs for the readers and followers of RenesPoints and Elite Mileage Runs.

Midwest magic starts in Omaha today with this American Airlines AAdvantage Miles Mileage Run.

Omaha to Jakarta, Indonesia is just a ton of miles and you can get it for as cheap as $772.  I love this run since you get to enjoy the magnificent Cathay Pacific product from Hong Kong to Jakarta and then Japan Airlines from Jakarta to Tokyo (NRT).

I did find dates all over the place, but this one route on March 28th is the rock bottom cheapest deal!  At $772 you are paying 3.6 Cents Per Mile (CPM.)

 

Also if you have Elite Status already with American, look out because you are going to get a ton of EXTRA AAADvantage Miles. Let’s take a look at those:

AAdvantage Status

Bonus Miles

Non-Elite

Gold

Platinum

Executive Platinum

21,351

26,689

42,702

42,702

 

Elite Status Mileage Bonus

American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Mileage Bonus

 

This is a neat Mileage Run in that the connections are really nice; none too long and none so tight as to make you nervous. You have a twenty-three hour layover at the Jakarta Airport; you arrive close to 11pm and your return flight departs at 10pm the next evening. If you want to catch a few hours of sleep there is a transit hotel at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport so do not worry about the layover (long connection) time. You could also take a sightseeing tour into the city.

Now I will tell you that you can choose other dates.  It seems that Mondays work through most of January, February and March, but this last one (March 28th) like I said is the cheapest.  Still, you can do other date pairs for between $780 and $880, so you are not forced to take just this example.

If you are considering American Airlines’ AAdvantage program this is a great way to get some EQM’s and a lot of redeemable miles before they go to revenue-based miles earning program in the latter half of this year. If you were to do this same itinerary after that happens, then you would earn 3,860 AAdvantage miles versus the 21,351 today (a loss of 82% in miles!)

The Details:

RDM’s:  21,351 Redeemable AAdvantage Miles (RDM’s) (Elites Earn More, see above)

EQM’s:  21,351 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM’s)

Ticket Price:  $772

Cost:   3.6 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Bookable on AA.com

Sign in first to your AAdvantage Account and then click this DIRECT BOOKING LINK and then click through to book through AA.com

So, we hope you will follow us along in 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Enjoy your travels!   – John @laptoptravel

Seattle to Dallas $399 & 7540 EQMs at 5.3CPM Weekend AAdvantage American Elite Mileage Run

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 by laptoptravel

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American Airlines Seven Segments Transcon Criss-Cross

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Well, in fairness to our just posted Seattle to Dallas Delta Mileage Run we just posted, let’s play the flip side of that story. Here is a Seattle to Dallas Mileage Run via American Airlines (Hello AAdvantage Members)

AAdvantage American Airlines Mileage Run

I have been monitoring prices changes and fare wars over the weekend, and especially between American Airlines and Delta Airlines. Let’s capitalize on some of these created opportunities.

If you might be considering the AmericanAir product going forward (perhaps a SkyMiles bailee?) or simply an AAdvantage member seeking lots of EQM’s then for less than $400 (Hello perfect FlexPerks deal) then grab this one up now! There is no way I believe this is going to last.

This is very nice if you just like to fly!

  • You leave Saturday, fly all day Saturday and Sunday and get back just past midnight early Monday morning.
  • You get a crazy criss-cross country routing that maximizes your miles
  • Flying over the weekend you have a much better opportunity for a complimentary upgrade
  • Seven segments gets you great bump opportunities and more flights to get upgrade chances

A total of seven flights, here is your routing: Seattle-Phoenix-Detroit-Charlotte-New York City (JFK)-Boston-Dallas (DFW)-Seattle.

This is just one date for this amazing price, Saturday, December 5th. You’re back on Monday, December 7th.

Here are the numbers:

Saturday’s Mileage Run (December 5th, 2015)

Cost: $399 Earn 7,540 EQM’s at 5.29 Cents per Mile (CPM)

Fare Class: O

I am including the (Saturday Dec 5th) DIRECT KAYAK BOOKING LINK. Please LOGIN first you your American Airlines account before clicking any links. The, once you are signed into your AAdvantage account click this: DIRECT KAYAK BOOKING LINK and then SELECT by pressing SELECT on the flights displayed that match the Mileage Run I have posted. You will then be taken directly into an American Airlines booking window where you can see the flights, the miles, the cost and Purchase the ticket!

“Let the American Airlines AAdvantage Members Mileage Runs Begin!”

Bookable on AA.com

I myself like this so much I just might book it myself; perhaps we will meet in the sky on this new AAdventure!– John @LaptopTravel