San Francisco to Italy $468 & 13120 MQMs at 3.5CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run 2016

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Monday, November 30, 2015 by John @laptoptravel

A San Francisco to Milan Italy Delta Mileage Run Calendar

B San Francisco to Milan Italy Delta Mileage Run

So, I am posting this I wanted to refine this amazing deal to make it even better for Mileage Runs.  GO it alone, or take a companion.  It seems that Delta is not blocking any holiday dates, as you can see by the calendar I placed above.

My search was for 1-4 nights, but it looks like you can stay even longer at the same prices.

So, to maximize your MQM’s you should put LAX (or in some cases SEA) in either the outbound or the return route.  However, Delta’s online booking system is not liking those ‘enhancements.” I did get the one shown to price out at Delta.  So let us assume you can do no better (although you should keep trying; maybe you will get lucky.)

I picked a departure of Thursday, February 11th as my target, staying over the holiday weekend in Italy and returning Monday, February 15th.  With a morning departure you arrive early morning the next day (in this case Friday) and a morning departure from Milan and still get back in to San Francisco the same evening.

There is the Italian rail system (Italo) which has a depot in the Milan airport, so you can use that to get to a lot of places in Italy (and Europe) within a reasonable amount of time and cost.  The EurRail system is also there. My wife and I just did a similar run. We landed in Milan and got the first train out to Southern Italy. By the way, if you are looking for a Greece run from the East Coast CHECK HERE

Have fun playing with your dates and the many, many possibilities! There are wide-open dates January, February and early March!

The Details:

MQM’s: 13,120 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Ticket Price: $467

CPM: 3.5 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

DIRECT KAYAK BOOKING <-LINK

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. 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!

(A big HT to TheFlightDeal) I am tweaking their original fare find for us Mileage Runners! I hope you enjoy what I am offering here and the timing is perfect if you want to enjoy Europe for some low prices! – 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


 

New York to Athens Greece $764 at 5.9CPM 12920 MQMs Delta Weekend Elite Mileage Run

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Monday, November 30, 2015 by John @laptoptravel

LGA-ATH (Dec 2016)_RouteMap

MAX Routing: LGA-ATL-CDG-ATH-CDG-BOS-LGA

LGA-ATH (Dec 2016)_Delta

LGA-ATH (Dec 2016)_Delta

LGA-ATH (Dec 2016)_Kayak

ALERT! FOR MAX MQMS ATL BOTH WAYS!

Delta is having their own Latin & South America Sale.  Good for them – we can do BETTER! We post the best deals and cheaper Mileage Runs than Delta will ever give you as their “Special Sales”.

Here is a great deal to Athens, Greece! That’s right, the birth of the Olympics, Athens, the home of The Acropolis and so much more! Athens averages 56°F in December, so for many of you in the north that’s a big improvement.  I found this sweet itinerary for you.

I know many of you are in a panic of how to get enough Delta MQM’s before the year ends. There are only a few days left; REALLY! And you know you do not want to be fighting the crowds at the end of the year. Looking at some of the seatmaps, I think you will do better going across the Atlantic than you would facing the domestic crowds on holiday travel and Mileage Runs!

I am putting this out there as the CPM cost (5.9) is really good for Europe around the Holidays. It is relatively easy for most Delta flyers to re-position to New York to take advantage of a whole lot of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s).

The US Dollar is strong in Greece, and they operate on the Euro, which at the time of this posting was 1 Euro to 1.06 US Dollars. Or, 1 US Dollar is worth .95 Euros.  This is historically a great bargain and the US Dollar is up 18% over the same time a year ago.

As a weekend +1 day (Monday) run, it is very reasonable at 5.9 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

US passengers visiting Greece are required to have a US Passport. No Visa is required. This destination is definitely in my sights in the near future!

There are very few dates open in December for this run, although the cheapest date is departing La Guardia (LGA) Saturday, December 5th, arrive Athens (ATH) on Sunday evening have a night stopover before departing for your return on Monday morning, December 7th and arrive back in New York (LGA) that same evening.

  • 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: LGA-ATL-CDG-ATH-CDG-BOS-LGA

The Details:

MQM’s:  12,920 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Ticket Price:  $764

CPM:   5.9  Cents Per Mile (CPM)

DIRECT KAYAK BOOKING <-LINK

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. 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

 

 

 

Atlanta to Hong Kong $1367 & 18692 MQMs at 7.3CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run Thursday-Monday

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Saturday, November 28, 2015 by John @laptoptravel


A Atlanta to Hong Kong Mileage Run Delta Airlines

Atlanta to Hong Kong Mileage Run Delta Airlines

 

B Atlanta to Hong Kong Mileage Run Delta Booking

Atlanta to Hong Kong Mileage Run Delta Airlines

 

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

The Details:

MQM’s:  18,692 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Ticket Price:  $1,367

CPM:   7.3  Cents Per Mile (CPM)

DIRECT KAYAK BOOKING <-LINK

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):

C Atlanta to Hong Kong Mileage Run Fares Kayak

Only chose DELTA flights – Page 2 or 3!

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