Great Aeromexico Business Class Fares To Asia (Earn Tons Of Delta MQMs & MQDs)

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At the moment Aeromexico has some great business class fares for travel between Mexico and Asia. The reason I’m calling these out isn’t because they’re that exceptional as such for someone who doesn’t care about miles, but rather because they’re phenomenal if you’re trying to earn Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) and Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs).

That’s because paid business class travel on Aeromexico that’s credited to SkyMiles earns 200% redeemable miles, 200% MQMs, and MQDs for 40% of the distance flown.

So, how good are these fares? For ~$2,300 roundtrip you can fly from Mexico City to Tokyo Narita, which covers a flown distance of 14,000 miles. That means you’d earn 28,000 redeemable miles (not including any elite bonuses), 28,000 MQMs, and 5,600 MQDs (that’s about 2.5x the normal amount).

For roughly the same fare you can fly from Cancun to Seoul Incheon, which covers a flown distance of 16,500 miles. That means you’d earn 33,000 redeemable miles (not including any elite bonuses), 33,000 MQMs, and 6,600 MQDs (that’s about 3x the normal amount).

These fares have tons of availability, and you can travel between now and October for both fares, which gives you a big window for travel. Your best bet for searching these fares is Google Flights or ITA Matrix.

Unfortunately the longhaul flights are operated by Aeromexico’s 787-8s, featuring B/E Aerospace Diamond seats in business class, which I’ve reviewed before. I say “unfortunately” because I’d jump on this in a heartbeat if the flights were operated by 787-9s, featuring reverse herringbone seats in business class.

As I said at the beginning of this post, the Delta SkyMiles revenue requirement for status is a big consideration for people. Depending on the status level you’re going for, you need to earn anywhere between 3,000 and 15,000 MQDs per year, in addition to the mileage or segment requirement.

It used to be that you could waive the revenue requirement by spending just $25,000 per year on a co-branded Delta credit card. However, as of this year the credit card spend requirement for Diamond members has been increased ten-fold, meaning that you need to spend $250,000 rather than $25,000 on a co-branded Delta credit card to waive the revenue requirement. That’s something that many people can’t do, so as a result they’re having to find other creative ways to achieve spend requirements, which is where fares like this come into the equation.

With these fares you can earn MQDs at three times the usual rate, meaning that proportionally it’s the same as achieving Diamond by only spending $5,000 rather than $15,000.

If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earnThe Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the  Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.

Hopefully some of you can take advantage of these great fares.

(Tip of the hat to qupasyd)

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Comments

  1. Battered wife syndrome?

    Delta beats you every year and every year you come back for more.
    The US3 don’t need to change. Like Londoners, Americans like to complain but line for more flogging.

  2. $2300 or $2800 isn’t that cheap, especially when you can’t use Delta’s pay-with-miles. Plus, it’s an inferior business-class product.

    I always recommend flying out of Chicago-O’Hare, Chicago-Midway or Toronto on a Sky Team carrier, including Delta itself, as for whatever reason those airports are a lot cheaper than other airports.

  3. Similar pricing on IAD-MEX-NRT and back, but some of the availability disappeared a few hours later when I checked again. I would have bought it but the layover was really long. Ended up getting a flight on Air China via AmEx’s International Airline Program. I know you’ve written about it before, but it saved me about $500 on my ticket.

  4. ANA’s Mexico City route also has some cheap fares, especially on days that are not popular with bussiness travelers.

  5. Lucky,

    I read this statement you wrote – “With these fares you can earn MQDs at three times the usual rate, meaning that proportionally it’s the same as achieving Diamond by only spending $5,000 rather than $15,000.”

    I don’t think it’s accurate. This is what you get on AeroMexico per Delta.

    https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/how-to-earn-miles/airline-partners.html

    MQMs- 200%
    MQDs (3) – 40%

    (3) Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) apply to Medallion qualification. Flights marketed by the partner will earn MQDs based on a percentage of distance flown* as determined by the fare class paid.

  6. Lucky,

    I need to retract my previous post. Looks like you are right. I forgot it was so far to Narita.

    Sorry for the error on my part. I wish i could delete the other post.

    Good info. Thanks!

    Cheers.

  7. What happened to Google Flights? It’s horrible now. Completely unusable. Is there a way to go back to the old version?

  8. I agree with Peter…the new google flights is horrible. I prefer the old site. Maybe we need a write up on this new app

  9. This is actually great for me! My daughter is turning 16 and I have been looking to take her to both Mexico City and Tokyo! I booked the Mexico City to Tokyo for both of us round trip for $4657 business class for the two of us. I am Diamond and the kid is Silver, she will be THRILLED to cross of two major cities plus Tokyo Disney for a couple days. I used my Delta Reserve and I will be happy with the MQDs and MQMs.. the kid will probably get a bump in status this year. I don’t care if it is not the best business class out there, pretty sure I have not paid to fly my teenage daughter in any business class… she is happy when she gets to tag along on my Delta first class upgrades … she will think this is awesome, ha!

  10. Ben, it is especially egregious on the part of Delta if they simply made this change and did not honor the higher MQM earning rate that was offered to those already ticketed. Would you kindly reach out to your contact(s) at Delta to find out if the lack of a footnote (and protection) was an oversight.

    If indeed, Delta chose to change the MQM rate and not honor the higher rate for those previously ticketed, even if contractually allowed to do so, this would show that consumers should have no trust in the airline to treat its frequent travelers fairly. I do not have any Aeromexico tickets, btw, but I would like to know if I can trust Delta in the future in a similar situation. Thanks for checking!

  11. Lucky, sorry, I meant to post my previous comments on your other blog post. Please remove this one. thanks.

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