It’s Not Too Late To Earn Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles from Credit Cards


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If you’re hoping to earn Delta Medallion status this year, or re-qualify for status this year, and aren’t quite there yet, you can still earn Medallion Qualifying Miles through their co-branded credit cards. MQMs are earned in the year that the spending occurs, so as long as you meet the spending requirements in 2015, you’ll earn the MQMs this year.

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We’ve written how Delta Is Selling Medallion Qualifying Miles at Astronomical Prices so I don’t recommend going this avenue if you find yourself short.

Here’s a quick rundown on how you can earn MQMs with their cards:

If you are looking for a way to earn Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) for this year, the Delta Reserve card gives 10,000 MQM’s and 10,000 SkyMiles after the first purchase. The Platinum Delta Amex gives 35,000 bonus SkyMiles plus 5,000 MQM’s after spending $1,000, and the Delta Gold Amex gives 30,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $1,000 within the first three months.

Once you sign-up for the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Expres, if you then spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year, you can earn what’s called a miles boost, which gives you 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs each calendar year when you spend $30,000 on the card. And if you make a total of $60,000 in eligible purchases you will earn an additional 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs each calendar year.

The same is true for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, if you then spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, you can earn a miles boost, which gives you 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after you spend $25,000 or more in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year. And if you make a total of $50,000 or more in eligible purchases on your card in a calendar year you can earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs.

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Bottom Line

While it may be hard to earn the mileage boosts, you will have time to hit the initial sign-up bonus this year. With the Delta Reserve card you earn 5,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after your first purchase, which is a much better deal then buying them from Delta.

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Comments

  1. Called AMEX & DELTA to confirm after reading your post. Delta Skymiles agent confirmed that MQMs are NOT earned in the year that the spending occurs.

    “MQMs spent today will post in 2016 and that is when they will apply” …. (not to 2015)?

    Where did you source your information? Delta and Amex are saying the opposite? 🙁

  2. Amex T & C: “Miles and MQMs will be credited to your account 6-8 weeks after you reach the spend threshold qualification”.

    Would a qualifying Delta AMEX purchase for the “spend” today count toward MQMs to reach 2015 Skymiles elite status? Or would it post in 2016 and count for next year’s Skymiles status?

  3. I signed up for the delta reserve business card and made my first purchase on 12/17. The 10,000 MQM sign up bonus has not posted. In chatting with an AMEX rep, he said that they can take 2-4 weeks to post. I am less than 1,000 short of platinum and I really don’t want to do a mileage run before the end of the year.

    Do you have any documentation so I can be sure that the 10,000 MQM signup bonus will count for 2015 (and thus give me platinum status for 2016)? I want to be able to be sure I have this info so I can speak with the appropriate representatives. Would that be Delta or AMEX?

    THANKS!

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