Delta Diamond Status From Credit Card Spend

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I recently earned Delta Diamond status from credit card spend on my Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express. Delta just sent me an email with the details on Delta top tier published status, Delta Diamond status, which reminded me just how great Delta Diamond status is for frequent travelers.

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I didn’t just earn my status from flying alone. I earned 40k Delta MQMs from my Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express, which was a huge lift towards the 125k MQMs required to get to Delta Diamond status.

So, if you think you can benefit from Delta Diamond status, check out my example of how you can utilize credit card spend to help you get you there.

Delta Diamond Status From Credit Card Spend

As I mentioned above, I earned a total of 40k Delta MQMs that were applied towards my Delta Diamond status from my Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express. Delta normally requires 125k MQMs in a calendar year to earn Delta Diamond status. These MQMs, are Medallion Qualifying Miles which are made of several types of activities, such as actually flying, credit cards spend bonuses and other special promotions such as the Hilton bonus MQM offer.

I noticed that the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express provides 10k MQMs after first purchase. But, it also provides a very lucrative Miles Boost MQMs offer once you hit thresholds in spend see terms of Miles Boost here.

Basically, if you sign up for the card after your first purchase, you get 10k MQMs. Then if you put spending on your card and hit the thresholds for Miles Boost, you get an additional 15k MQMs up to 2 x, so another 30k MQMs for a grand total of 40k MQMs! This is only for one personal card, remember you can also pick up a Delta Reserve Business Credit Card from American Express which has similar MQM bonus benefits. On top of that, if your significant other also gets the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express, once Miles Boost has been earned, the Mile Boost MQMs can be gifted to friends and family.

Let’s take an example, of a couple Jane who is going to apply for a DR personal card and her husband Jack who is going to apply for a DR personal card and DR Business card. In this example, Jane could earn 10k MQMs on sign up (after her first purchase) which are directly contributed to her account. She also has the potential to earn the 30k MQMs from the Miles Boost and those 30k MQMs can be transferred to Jack’s account, giving him 30k MQM starting balance.

Now let’s looks at Jack. If he applies for a DR personal card, he too will earn the 10k MQMs upon applying for the card (after first purchase.) Another 10k MQMs after the first purchase on the Business card. If he also hits the Miles Boost on both the personal and the Business card, that is a additional 60k MQMs. In total, from the 3 cards (between husband and wife Jack and Jane) Jack would have 110k MQMs which leaves him only 15k MQMs to attain Diamond status.

Bottom Line

There is a significant opportunity to earn status with the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express. In the example above, you can really get very close to achieving Delta Diamond status from benefits of the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express.

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  1. Ummm…what is the spending threshold for the Miles Boost. The way this post is framed, you can just get the credit cards and then get the Miles Boost. It seems there’s some key information missing.

  2. To get those boosts you’d be doing $180K of spend.

    I used to engage in Delta Amex spend, flipping DL Reserves & Plats, chasing MQM to retain status. No longer. The DL FF program is devaluing too fast now.

    With that much spend, I could generate as much as 900,000 Chase points. Even Amex MR or Starpoints are much more valuable.

  3. I live in the Delta hub, and I’ve never really engaged in MS. I do hold the Reserve Card and next year would like to do the $60k spending for the 30k MQMs and MQD waiver. Please detail exactly what you did to MS that amount? Thanks.

  4. I wouldn’t be surprised if the thresholds are raised, but regardless that’s a lot of manufactured spending. I put about $35,000 in genuine spending on my one card and have done so for two years now. I value my Diamond status but have accepted that despite being DTW-captive I will likely be switching to American Airlines, notwithstanding its devaluation. The alternative is to screw status, fly first-class and business-class (internationally) and just force the clients to pay.

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