🔥 NYC to HKG for $2.4K – Great Delta Status Match Fare

by Sam Roecker
Air France New Business Class Boeing 777

Air France Business Class – Boeing 777 | Photo: Air France

The ‘Perfect’ Delta Status Match Fare?

・JFK/EWR – HKG via AMS/CDG on AF/DL/KL | $2,400 r/t in business class 

・Valid for travel after August 15 | 7-night min stay

・Earns enough Delta MQMs and MQDs to complete Medallion status match

Air France, Delta, and/or KLM from New York to Hong Kong

Air France has a great business class fare available for New York (JFK)/Newark (EWR) to Hong Kong (HKG) for travel after August 15, 2018 (7-night minimum stay required). The fare routes you the ‘long way’ via Amsterdam (AMS) or Paris (CDG) – total travel time is roughly 30 hours each way – but at least you’ll be in business class the whole journey!

Sample fare booked via Air France: 

$2,400 roundtrip New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) via Amsterdam (AMS) or Paris (CDG)

🌟 Check out Air France’s new business class lounge

You can easily mix-and-match Air France, Delta, and KLM segments if you want to try multiple products. I would avoid the Air France A380, as they still feature the old business class product. Options include the following aircraft:

  • New York (JFK) to/from Amsterdam (AMS) – KLM Boeing 787-9 or Boeing 747-400
  • Amsterdam (AMS) to/from Hong Kong (HKG) – KLM Boeing 747-400 or KLM 777-200
  • Hong Kong (HKG) to/from Paris (CDG) – Air France Boeing 777-300ER
  • Paris (CDG) to/from New York (JFK) – Air France Airbus A380, Boeing 787-9 or 777-300ER
  • Newark (EWR) to/from Paris (CDG) – Delta 767-300

I definitely recommend picking an Air France Boeing 777-300ER or Boeing 787-9 for at least one of the segments; both feature the new Air France business class product.

Great Time for a Delta Medallion Status Match

Check out One Mile’s post on why this is the ideal time to request a Delta Medallion status match. In short, if you qualify for Medallion Status during the 90-day challenge, your status will be extended through January 31, 2020. Delta offers matches to most major elite programs – see below for details:

🌟 Delta status comparison chart 

I just requested a match to Platinum Medallion status based on my current Premier Platinum status with United. The process was as easy as submitting a screenshot of my account statement and digital Premier card. I received an automatic reply from Delta confirming they received my request:

Delta Medallion status match

Auto-reply from Delta confirming my status match request

Based on Delta’s status match criteria, I need to earn 18,750 MQMs (or 25 MQSs) and $2,2250 MQDs (or MQD waiver) to keep Medallion Status through January 2020.

Delta Medallion Status Match – 90-day challenge

Earning MQM and MQD on the NYC – HKG Route

Delta partner-marketed flights – like this fare sold by Air France – earn MQDs as a percentage of miles flown. This discount business fare books in Z class and earns 40% MQDs. That sounds low, but given the incredible distance of the flights, it’s actually quite generous.

Earning Delta Miles on Air France Flights

Air France partner earning chart for Delta | Image: Delta

The New York – Hong Kong journey is ~19,000 miles and earns ~7,600 MQDs and ~30,000 MQMs depending on your itinerary. Both MQM and MQD earnings are more than sufficient in satisfying the Delta Medallion status match requirements.

Who’s ready to go to Hong Kong? 

H/T: premium fare deal thread on FlyerTalk 

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Jun July 15, 2018 - 8:55 am

I guess I can stack the Amex offer “Spend $1,000+, get 20,000 Membership Rewards® Points
Air France”, right?

Sam Roecker July 15, 2018 - 10:21 am

Hi Jun, you should be able to if it’s a targeted offer from Amex – what a great deal! You’ll also earn 5x points if you book using Amex Plat (~12,000 additional Membership Rewards). Keep us posted if you decide to book.

RN July 23, 2018 - 2:01 am

I saw this special last year from Amex Business and Amex Plat. Not this year… which card are you seeing this special on?

ptahcha July 15, 2018 - 4:08 pm

While this is a great fare, the MQD calculation is incorrect. Based on a dummy booking, the base fare is $1,523. At 40% MQD, your earned MQD will be $609. You will be still a ways to go for the status match retainer requirement.

Angel July 16, 2018 - 6:50 am

@ptahcha: the article states on partner bookings in J you ear 40% of Miles Flown (not base fare). Therefore 19,000 x 0.4 = $7,600

Sam Roecker July 16, 2018 - 11:44 am

Thanks, Angel. What do you think of this fare – good deal or overhyped?

Chase July 16, 2018 - 8:13 am

For partner airlines it is actually 40% of MILEAGE flown

Sam Roecker July 16, 2018 - 11:43 am

Thanks, Chase. As a soon-to-be Delta person, I’m amazed by some of these loopholes.

Sam Roecker July 16, 2018 - 11:41 am

Hi Ptahcha, thanks for your comment. Delta partner-marketed flights (Air France-purchased ticket in this case) earn MQDs based on a percentage of distance flown. It seems illogical to calculate spend based on distance, but that rule opens a great loophole for tickets like these purchased through Air France 🙂


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