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Delta: Buy up to 10,000 elite-qualifying miles

Delta frequent-fliers may not have to make that end-of-the-year mileage run after all.

That’s because the nation’s No. 2 carrier is selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) that count toward earning elite status.

MQMs are miles that count only toward earning elite status within Delta’s frequent-flier program. They cannot be redeemed for frequent-flier awards.

Delta is offering the MQMs in four increments: 2,500 MQMs for $295, 5,000 for $495, 7,500 for $695 or 10,000 for $895.

The offer runs through Dec. 15, though the airline is clear that all MQM purchases are nonrefundable. Delta adds that the miles purchased through the MQM offer will count toward a customer’s Rollover MQM total.

And, for the uninitiated, “mileage runs” are trips taken by frequent-flier enthusiasts for the simple goal of racking up miles that can either be applied toward future award tickets or toward elite status for the following year (or both).

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Such trips often come on long routes with low fares, providing frequent-fliers the chance to earn mileage at what’s perceived to be a bargain rate. In many cases, mileage-runners will travel out and back in the same day, never leaving the airports at their “destinations.”

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