Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Holders Can Now Earn More MQM In 2021


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Delta and American Express have announced that holders of Platinum and Reserve Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards (personal and business varieties) will receive a 25% increase in the number of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) they can earn through the cards’ “Status Boost” milestones.

Delta & Amex Boost Status Boost For 2021

Delta SkyMiles Platinum & Platinum Business Card Members

Holders of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card and the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business Card usually earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) when they spend $25,000 miles on their cards (in a year) and a further 10,000 MQM when their card spending reaches $50,000.

In 2021, holders of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card and the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business Card will earn 25% more Medallion MQM at each milestone (12,500 MQMs at $25k and another 12,500 MQM at $50k) for a total of 25,000 MQM in 2021.

Delta SkyMiles Reserve & Business Reserve Card Members

Holders of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card (review) and the Delta SkyMiles Business Reserve Card usually earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) when they spend $30,000 on their cards (in a year) and a further 15,000 MQM for every $30,000 of spending put on the cards after that – up to a limit of 60,000 MQM (i.e $120,000 of spending).

In 2021, holders of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card (review) and the Delta SkyMiles Business Reserve Card will earn 25% more Medallion MQM at each milestone and that will see cardholders earning 18,750 MQM for each $30,000 spent. The spending limit hasn’t been changed so the maximum number of MQM that Reserve Card holders will be able to earn via Status Boost in 2021 is 75,000 MQM.

Quick Thoughts

Delta extended everyone’s status through January 2022 back in April of this year and the race to retain that status for 2022 started in earnest when, in the same announcement, Delta confirmed that all Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) from 2020 will be rolled over to 2021. That, on its own, made earning status with Delta in 2021 considerably easier. This boost for Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve cardholders just made things a little easier still.

Delta hasn’t reduced the qualification requirements for 2021 so in order to lock in Delta status for 2022, these are the targets that flyers are being asked to reach:

Today’s announcement means that holders of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card and the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business Card can now earn all the MQM needed for Silver status, 50% of the MQM needed for Gold status, 25% of the MQM needed for Platinum status, and 20% of the MQM needed for Diamond status just from the spending they put on their cards.

Holders of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card and the Delta SkyMiles Business Reserve Card can do considerably better as they can earn all the MQM they need for Platinum status just by spending on their cards and they can earn 60% of the MQM needed for top-tier Diamond status too.

If you’re a fan of Delta and have a lot of expenses that you can pay using your Delta credit cards, this added boost for 2021 just made it a little more tempting to do just that.

Bottom Line

Holders of the personal and business versions of Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Delta SkyMiles Reserve credit cards will be able to earn 25% more Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) from the spending they put on their credit cards in 2021. Platinum cardholders can now earn up to 25,000 MQM while holders of Reserve cards can earn up to 75,000 MQM.

3 COMMENTS

    • Thanks, the 50k MQM was a typo that was corrected a few hours ago, can you clear your cache and let me know if you still see it.

      As far as I can see, the 75k MQM for the Reserve Card is correct (18,750 at every $30k up to $120k)

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