Delta Million Miler And Starwood Platinum Status – My Goal This Year


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We all have strategies to get status in order to earn more points and miles. But I’ve changed my strategy this year with two particular goals in mind. Earn Delta Million Miler and Starwood Platinum Status for life. Let me explain.

Delta Million Miler

I’m ever so close to getting Delta Million Miler status. Standing at this point in the year with 885,659 Medallion Qualifying Miles, I should easily hit the 1,000,000 MQM mark. Especially since I have both the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express and the business version of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

Delta Million Miler Medallion Progress

I’ve got a ways to go starting from where I am today, but I’ve got a plan which involves both credit card strategy I outlined here and flying a bunch.

Delta Million Miler Progress January

My plan is to max out earning MQMs through the miles boost benefits from these two cards basically earning Delta Elite status the easy way through almost all credit card MQM bonuses. Then I’ll fly a bunch of miles to earn Delta Diamond status this year. I’ve had Delta Diamond status in the past and it was simply amazing. They’ll do anything for you to keep you happy and it really makes traveling better.

Can I do it? Sure I can. I finished work on the last Miles Boost of 2014 from my Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express so those 15,000 MQMs will help jumpstart the year. Then I’ll have another 15,000 MQM from the first Miles Boost with the Delta Reserve, and a second 15,000 MQMs from the second Miles Boost. Followed up with another 10,000 MQM Miles Boost from the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express then a second 10,000 MQM Miles Boost from the Platinum Delta card. That’s 65,000 MQMs right there without even setting foot on a plane.

So with 65,000 Delta MQMs as a starting point from credit card spending, I’ll only need to earn another 49,341 MQMs from flying to achieve Delta Million Miler Status which gives me some pretty cool benefits for life. And to earn Delta Diamond status, I’ll only need to earn a total of 60,000 MQMs flying which is certainly doable.

Starwood Lifetime Platinum Status

Next up is Starwood Platinum Status for Life. I’ve already earned Starwood Gold Status for Life as I outlined in my prior post. The requirement of Starwood Platinum Status for Life is 500 nights and 10 years of Platinum Status. Since I’m over 500 nights and 9 years of Platinum Status, it doesn’t matter how many nights I’ll earn this year, it only matters that I’ll make Platinum Status to get me to the 10 year mark.

SPG Lifetime Gold Status

Bottom Line

I’ve set my sights on Delta Million Miler status and Starwood Platinum Status for life this year. I’ve outlined my strategy and am on my way with earning both through the bookings I’ve made for the first part of this year.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter or Facebook where I’ll share updates along the way this year.

Have you made any travel goals this year? What are they and how do you plan to go about achieving them?

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Comments

  1. “Starwood Platinum Status for Life is 500 nights and 10 years of Platinum Status”
    does it have to be 10 consecutive yrs? if you drop back to gold do it break the cycle? thx

  2. I was not aware that Miles Boost bonus miles earned via AmEx counted toward million-miler status — I thought MM miles were butt-in-seat miles. Are you sure?

    Similarly, when I fly 2,000 miles but get awarded 4,000 miles because of my Platinum status, which amount gets added into my MM total — 2 or 4 thousand?

  3. Hi DJ – They don’t have to be consecutive years. I confirmed this with SPG several times over the phone.

    Hi Wrecks – Yep, they count. It’s an easy way to step towards Million Miler status. Sure I’m sure. The 2,000 miles would get added to your Million Miler status, unless you had a class of service bonus for MQMs based on flying in a premium cabin. Make sense?

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