Saturday, November 28, 2015 by John @laptoptravel
It’s a windfall weekend for Mileage Runs, perhaps leading up to Cyber Monday?
Let me preface this post by saying I fully understand that a Mileage Run like this may be too much for many. But, I am appealing to two groups of flyers out there.
First, some of you may find yourself in a panic of how to get a bunch of Delta MQM’s before the year ends. There are only a few days left; REALLY! And you know you do not want to be flying at the end of the year.
NOTE: Please keep in mind your flight must be scheduled to depart by 23:59 on 31DEC15 for it count on THIS YEAR 2015!
Secondly, there are people out there who realize that this is a bunch of MQM’s and can easily be rollover miles into next year’s MQM requirements.
Perhaps many of you could re-position to Atlanta as well to take advantage of a whole lot of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s).
I love Hong Kong; it is one of my favorite long-haul destinations for Mileage Runs. The US Dollar is strong over there and you can have an amazing time on a little money. Plus, Mileage Runs to there often give you some of the lowest Cents Per Mile (CPM) costs. My last trip there, I enjoyed a three-course meal, plus dessert, tea and two alcoholic beverages all for $13.15 (including the tip.)
US passengers visiting Hong Kong are required to have a US Passport. No Visa is required. I have recently done this same Mileage Run myself and it is one of my favorites in the past year! It requires a two-night stay at your destination. If you need any advice after you book, feel free to contact me; I know this route and the city quite well.
There are very few dates open in December for this run, although the cheapest date is depart Thursday, December 3rd, arrive HKG on Friday the 4th and depart on Monday, December 7th and arrive back in Atlanta that same evening (Thank you, International Date Line.)
- Something to Remember: This is a “Pay With Miles” Eligible Flight,
- So You Could ‘Buy Down’ the Cost of the Fare with SkyMiles
- A total of six segments, here is your routing: ATL-JFK-NRT-HKG-NRT-JFK-ATL
MQM’s: 18,692 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQM’s)
Ticket Price: $1,367
CPM: 7.3 Cents Per Mile (CPM)
Before you click on the booking lick I just provided (shown above) please log into your Delta.com account first. Then click on your DIRECT KAYAK BOOKING LINK
Choose the flights shown above and then press SELECT (on the Kayak site) which will take you directly to Delta.com’s booking engine.
Also, note you do have some other options shown Here (from Kayak):
As long as you have the JFK connection in both directions you are good.) Also, You depart from Atlanta on Thursday morning, December 3rd and connect in JFK and NRT airports, arriving at Hong Kong on Friday evening, December 5th. You then have a two-night stay at your destination city and your departure flight leave at 9:55am on Monday, December 7th, connecting in NRT and JFK and you return to Atlanta at 9:53pm on Monday, December 7th.
Delta is giving me and my computer fits getting this to price properly. They even (for a while) locked me out of searches telling me I had done too many searches within a certain time-frame (really?) In fact we had a Friday departure with a Monday return just a few minutes ago but at the time of posting this Delta raised it $200. Now, this is the best you can do.
If you still have some Global Upgrade Certificates you might choose to use them here on this run. You should read René’s latest post on using Regional Upgrades first if you are considering this…I am sure the advice relates to GUC’s as well.
If you really want the MQM’s and you can afford a single weekend to get them in, here is a way to get a bunch!– John @laptoptravel
- Don’t miss a single run. Subscribe HERE: RenesPoints.com/RunMail
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- Want a custom built run from your home airport? You can find one here.
- Get SIX $400 Mileage Runs for $94 each. Here is how!