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:
🌟 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:
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.
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.
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