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:

See airline credit card offers page for current offers.

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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