Seattle to New Orleans $198 & 5362 MQMs at 3.6CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run Works Both Directions

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Monday, February 29, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

Mileage Run to New Orleans

 

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Well, I am back from my Massive Mileage Run to SouthEast Asia (Japan, Thailand and S. Korea)! It’s not like I was ever really gone; I still did posts and twitter, of course.  And I did look for Mileage Runs while on that trip…but it is much harder without all of my (proprietary) tools!  So, here’s a leap day gift for everyone!

I found this great run between Seattle and New Orleans!  Before you even ask; YES, it works in both directions!  In fact I find more (that is, more of them…) cheaper fares from New Orleans to Seattle than originating from Seattle.  Although I did find a single date that works for $198 from Seattle to New Orleans.

Most of the fares from Seattle to New Orleans are $204, plus the one I found (May 3rd, an overnight with a May 4th return) for $198.  I found several from New Orleans to Seattle at the $198 fare.

Either way, the best you can do is 5,477 MQM’s at about 3.6 CPM.  The layover on many of the flights is less than two hours, so these are easily done in a flight plus a connection in either direction; most involving either an overnight flight or a required one night stay.  But there are much things worse than a night in New Orleans (or Seattle if you’re Sleeepless…)

There are also routings that will only give you 5,362 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) but still either 5362 or 5477 you are getting a great deal!  If you could fine two of these back-to-back at $198 each you could use FlexPerks and book the pair for only 20,000 points!  Now that would be a sweet deal!

Let me caution anyone thinking they might get upgraded to First Class on these flights.  It is probably not going to happen flying into and out of Salt Lake City.

One of my greatest discomforts is when I fly a mileage run through a Delta hub which is heavy-Medallion territory and your chances of getting a complimentary upgrade is minimal.  That is why this run as a simple overnight is tolerable and a good value for a little more than $200.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     5,477 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $204

Cost:   3.7 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

or

MQM’s:     5,362 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $198

Cost:   3.6 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your Delta account before you click on the booking link below:

This link books through Kayak and then onto Delta.com  – DIRECT BOOKING LINK  

Both fares are eligible for Pay With Miles, if you want to “buy down” the fare. You will still get the MQM’s, but you are reducing your redeemable miles as they are tied to the base fare PAID.

I like this trip since it is still before Delta’s change on Comfort+ booking policies.  That happens for travel on or after May 16th, 2016.  There are many Comfort+ seats still available for your selection on these four segments. 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

 

 

New York City to New Orleans $223 & 6834 MQMs at 3.3CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run

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Monday, February 8, 2016  by John @laptoptravel

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Here is another great domestic mileage run that René did just last week.  Another almost same-day run, although it really is an overnight flight between New York City and New Orleans.  Leave either at 7:00am or 11:00am and connect through Salt Lake City and then you are off to New Orleans.  You can a short night in New Orleans or a long layover and get back to New York early the next evening, around 6:00pm.

6,834 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) will be your reward for this quick trip on Delta Air Lines.  Now, I have only found one date that works; April 6th with a return on the 7th.

Let me caution anyone thinking they might get upgraded to First Class on these flights.  It is probably not going to happen flying into and out of Salt Lake City.

One of my greatest discomforts is when I fly a mileage run through a Delta hub which is heavy-Medallion territory and your chances of getting a complimentary upgrade is minimal.  That is why this run as a simple overnight is tolerable and a good value for a little more than $200.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     6,834 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $223

Cost:   3.3 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your Delta account before you click on the booking link below:

This link books through Kayak and then onto Delta.com  – DIRECT BOOKING LINK

I like this trip since it is still before Delta’s change on Comfort+ booking policies.  That happens for travel on or after May 16th, 2016.  There are many Comfort+ seats still available for your selection on these four segments.

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