How To Qualify for Delta Medallion Status in 2016

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As 2016 has arrived, that means another year to earn our highly regarded elite statuses with airlines and hotels. In this post, we’ll take a look on how to qualify for Delta Medallion Status in 2016.

Delta Air Lines

Like last year, Delta has made it that you must qualify on both flying the required Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQSs) as well as meeting the spending requirements on the airline.

Below is a chart on the thresholds needed for 2016 Medallion Status:

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One thing to note is that Delta still offered a Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) waiver if you have a Delta SkyMiles American Express card and spend $25,000 on the card in the calendar year.

Note that if you qualify for this waiver, you’d still have to fly the required MQMs or MQSs to earn the status.

Another important piece is that you have from January 1, 2016- December 31, 2016 to earn the status, meaning that all flying and spending must be occur during this time. However, once you obtain the status in 2016, it’s valid for all of 2017 until January 31, 2018.


How To Earn Medallion Qualifying Miles from Credit Cards:

If you are looking for a way to earn even more Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM’s), 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.

Bottom Line

Delta has some hoops in place to earn their precious Medallion status, but at least they allow the Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver for all levels including Diamond Medallion status, as long as you spend $25,000 on a co-branded card, which are mentioned above.

Are you planning on going for Delta Medallion status? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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  1. I am currently a Delta Gold Amex cardholder. If I upgrade to the Platinum or Reserve, do I still qualify for all the benefits you mention here?

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