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It’s mid-December and I find myself about 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) away from retaining Platinum Medallion® status. I’m evaluating my flying options for 2023 and want to have this status locked in. I could have taken a quick trip to Europe on a SkyTeam partner, but where is the fun in that?
I decided that a trip to check out all nine of Delta’s hubs was in order. These are located in:
- Atlanta (ATL)
- Boston (BOS)
- Detroit (DTW)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- New York (John F Kennedy – JFK)
- New York (LaGuardia – LGA)
- Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
Delta.com would not let me book one ticket, so I ended up with five reservations in order to make this trek. I’m praying for no weather or mechanical issues as it’s going to be a sprint. This will put me well over the MQMs needed and I’ll have some roll over into 2023. I set some rules (in my mind) and then got to booking.
Here are the rules for my Delta Hub Dash:
- Must fly to each of the nine hubs within a 48-hour period
- Cannot duplicate hubs
- Visit as many SkyClubs as possible (some connections will not allow)
I’ll be in the NYC area visiting family for Christmas and then heading back to Tampa where I live in the winter (JFK to TPA is still within the 48 hours, but not a hub so not listed).
Here is my itinerary:
- New York (LaGuardia – LGA) to Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP)
- Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP) to Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
- Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) to Salt Lake City (SLC)
- Salt Lake City (SLC) to Los Angeles (LAX)
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Atlanta (ATL)
- Atlanta (ATL) to Boston (BOS)
- Boston (BOS) to Detroit (DTW)
- Detroit (DTW) to New York (John F Kennedy – JFK)
With this itinerary, I’ll get to check out many of Delta’s aircraft types including:
I’ll be writing, posting to social media, and sharing updates as I go. Any advice before I set out in a few weeks? I’m feeling a little crazy, but it’s been years since I’ve done a mileage run.
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