Delta Is Selling Medallion Qualifying Miles & Segments For 2018 Status


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Through 15 February 2018 Delta is running a promotion it’s calling “Elevate Your Status” in which Medallion members can purchase Medallion Qualifying Miles and Medallion Qualifying Segments in order to boost their Medallion status for 2018.

Here’s how Delta has set out the promotion:

Elevate Your Status allows Members to purchase a bundle of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), MedallionQualification Segments (MQSs) and Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDsU.S.-based Members only) in order toachieve the next Tier of Medallion Status.

How Elevate Your Status Works

  • Medallion Members can purchase a minimum of 1,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) and 3 Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQSs) or up to a maximum of 10,000 MQMs and 15 MQSs.
  • The dollar amount spent on MQMs and MQSs will be credited to your Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQDs) balance.
  • The MQM & MQS you purchase and the resulting MQD from the purchase will be added to your current 2017 balance (within 24 hours) and will therefore apply towards your status for 2018.
  • Any MQMs purchased that exceed the amount needed to achieve Medallion Status for 2018 will roll over and count towards your 2019 Status.

Sadly as I have absolutely no activity in my Delta account for 2017 (I don’t like SkyMiles) so I can’t participate and therefore cannot see how much Delta is charging for its MQM and MQS…but I bet it’s not cheap 🙂

How To Take Part

  • Login to delta.com/elevateyourstatus to participate.
  • ClickPurchase Now to go through the easy steps to complete your transaction.

Who Is Eligible

  • All Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion Members are eligible to take part in the “Elevate Your Status” promotion unless they received complimentary Status for a Tier above the Tier they earned Status for. For example, if a Member is given complimentary Gold Medallion Status, but earned Silver Medallion Status through the published requirements, he or she is ineligible for Elevate Your Status.
  • General SkyMiles Members must be within range to reach Silver Medallion Status by purchasing the maximum bundle of MQMs, MQSs and MQDs, in order to be eligible to participate. For example, if Member only has 14,000 MQMs, he or she will not be eligible because the maximum amount of MQMs thatcan be earned through Elevate Your Status is 10,000 and the MQMs requirement for Silver Medallion Status is 25,000.

Bottom Line

If you’re close to Diamond status this may well be worthwhile (I can’t know for sure as I can’t check the pricing) but don’t forget that there’s still a whole month of the qualification year left to run so, if you’re close to attaining the status you’re after, it may well be considerably cheaper to book a flight to get you the MQM.MQS you need.

I’d be interested to know what readers are seeing when they’re logging in to check how much the MQM and MQS will cost – is Delta charging different amounts (per MQM or per MQS) based on how close to status you are or is it a flat rate? Let me know in the comments section below.

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