How I Plan to Earn Delta Platinum Medallion Status through 2020

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I’ve been a Delta Platinum Medallion the past several years, based on my flying and earning the MQD waiver from spending $25,000 on the Delta co-branded Amex cards. Currently for this year I’m at 47,00 MQMs however only at $2,700 in MQD’s.

Rather than try to go for Platinum Medallion this year, my plan will be to rollover as many MQMs as possible and go for it early on in 2018.

Based on my travel plans the rest of this year, I should end with roughly 75,000 MQMs, however I will only meet the MQD qualifications for Silver and will not earn the MQD waiver. Because of this, I plan to rollover 50,000 MQMs for next year.

Then in early 2018, I will spend $25,000 on my Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and not only earn the MQD waiver but that will give me a 10,000 MQM boost. Within the first couple of months, I’ll only need to fly 15,000 MQMs, and then will have earned Platinum Medallion for the rest of 2018, all of 2019, through January 2020.

While I could try to meet the spend and earn the MQD waiver this year, I figure this method gives me Platinum status for almost two years vs. just for next year.

Are there any other Delta Platinum Medallions out there who are planning on doing this? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.

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  1. What bird is that picture taken from? I thought all D1 birds had direct aisle access for each seat. Is that on the 747s? I haven’t been on one in a few years.

  2. Excellent idea! Too bad I’ve already met the credit card MQD waiver this year and will soon re-qualify for Diamond. This strategy could come in handy next year if Delta eliminates the MQD waiver for Diamond status!

  3. @Monsrat: That’s a 757, which is used for LAX/SFO-JFK (and vice versa) as well as DCA-LAX (and vice versa). They also pop up on some seasonal European routes out of JFK; like EDI and ARN.

  4. Ahhh…thanks. I was thinking upper deck on the 747. Last time I flew it I believe it was the 2X2 coffins. I’ve never flown either of those routes direct on the 757. DCA is my home airport but somehow not worth it to me to burn my Globals. I rather connect via ATL or MSP and spend some time in the clubs and lounges.

  5. The only problem is that it sounds like delta is going to change the mqd waiver soon. But if they don’t your plan is rock solid

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