I think blogs should be informative, witty and entertaining. Today I will try to do at least 1 of these 3.
If you are new to DELTA, let me explain status. If you don’t have it – get it. DELTA airlines
likes loves those with status. The 4 status tiers with our airline and they are these:
- Silver Medallion if you achieve 25,000 MQM’s – SM or FO
- Gold Medallion if you achieve 50,000 MQM’s – GM
- Platinum Medallion if you achieve 75,000 MQM’s – PM
- Diamond Medallion if you achieve 125,000 MQM’s -DM
MQM officially stands for Medallion Qualifying Miles or BIS (your butt in the airplane seat). Now even seasoned DELTA flyers may not know a secret about this. The above are not the “real” DELTA names for status flyers! No, they are code names. The code name for Medallion is….. MONEY! So, what MQM really stands for is MONEY qualifying Miles. Look at it this way:
- SM = Sorta Money – We like you, sorta. You are on our radar, just a little.
- GM = Generating Money – Hello there! You are kinda cute. Let’s make you pretty!
- PM = Printing Money – You are our bread and butter. Name that tune we sing it.
- DM = Definitely Money – True love. We answer the phone before you even dial!
So now that you know the secret code words, it becomes clear why “DELTA loves ya baby” and why it is worth getting Medallion status. How do you get status and what do you get. Here is a link to read about goodies:
How do I get it? There are lot’s of ways, some cheap, some a bit costly but well worth it (I will cover how to best do this in a later blog post). A DM can “gift” anyone they want GM for a year (your new best friend). PM can gift SM. AMEX gives 10,000 “MoneyQM’s” for a fee when you get their Delta Reserve Personal (learn how to apply) or Business cards (learn how to apply). The only other way is FLY. The best way is to use a bump voucher from DELTA and then fly somewhere very far away (& back) on their money. This time of the year you will hear stories of mileage runs, that is flying purely to earn MQM’s. 2 years ago, this week, I flew to Texas and back the same day for $145 to push me over the top to make PM. Worth every penny for all I got back!
So why should you push for status? When I call Delta, 95% of the time they answer on the 1st ring. They are kind and use my name. They have all my flights up instantly and will do almost anything they can to help me, even when the rules say no. From free bags to no lines at check-in and on and on. All the things you hate about flying – I don’t have to do.
So if you are going to fly DELTA – get MONEY status. You will like it! – René
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