My wife and I recently settled on a Delta Medallion status plan for 2022.
Factors We Took Into Consideration
We made the decision after looking at our budget, travel plans, and schedules.
Our daughter returns to school soon. So we’re returning to the world of tuition, school supplies, and all that.
My wife will begin a new job not long after our little girl resumes pre-school.
My schedule is pretty flexible. Mrs. Carley’s schedule, though, probably won’t permit a bunch more travel until maybe mid-2022.
So all of those factors played into our decision.
Mrs. Carley and I will drop down to Silver Medallion to start 2022.
Thanks to Delta’s MQD, MQS, and MQM bonuses this year, we’ll easily meet the $3,000 MQD for Silver to start 2022. We entered 2021 with a decent stash of MQM, so we’re fine in that department.
(Side note about my daughter: she might get close to the $3,000 MQD mark. She and I may have to take her first mileage run! 🙂 )
Then (At Least) Platinum
In January, we’ll roll over nearly enough MQM to qualify for Platinum.
Both my wife and me holding Platinum Medallion status works fine for our family of three. I prize legroom — but my daughter can’t sit in exit row seats until she’s 15 (she’s four now). So the automatic Comfort+ upgrades are important to us.
Meeting the Spending Requirement
Are we going to hit the Delta Amex $25,000 MQD waiver? Or will we accrue at least $9,000 MQD?
“Yes,” is the answer, I guess.
I plan to go the MQD route. Most of my work can be done wherever I have my laptop, some electricity, and Internet access. So I can work during flights, in airports, hotels, coffee shops — and pretty much anywhere else. So I’m scouting Delta partner runs where I can score thousands of MQD for a reasonable price. (I may have to chat with my friends at Juicy Miles and see what they can whip up for me 🙂 )
But Mrs. C can’t just pick up and go on an MQD run. So we will spend $25,000 on her Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card. We should knock that out before her schedule opens up a bit in summer 2022.
The sooner we hit Platinum, the longer we can enjoy our status. (For example, René plans to fulfill his Diamond status requirements before the end of January 2022. So he’ll be set for a couple of years.) Then we’ll load up on MQM during 2022 and 2023!
What Credit Cards are We Using Now to Earn Points?
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express‘ 35% Pay with Points rebate on business class airfares will save me a chunk of Membership Rewards points. And I can also redeem my Ultimate Rewards points into 1.5 cents each when spending them on travel purchases through Chase, thanks to my Chase Sapphire Reserve card.
I mentioned earlier that my wife has the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card. I hold the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card. The only times we use those cards are for the statement credit promotions this year and Amex Offers. If we need to buy anything during a Delta flight, we’ll take out one of those cards because they earn 20% back on purchases made onboard Delta flights.
My wife and I decided to be Delta Silver Medallions to start the 2022 Medallion Year. But during that time, we’ll roll over nearly enough MQM to hit Platinum. She’ll hit her Delta Amex MQD waiver. And maybe I’ll see you on a Delta partner run to Europe or something. 🙂
What are your plans for Medallion status this year and next?
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