Look out, gang. It’s already mid-August. We’re getting comments and emails from people (wisely) planning their strategies to reach Delta Medallion/elite status for 2023 — and even beyond.
A few folks are understandably confused about MQM (Medallion Qualification Miles) — the elite status miles/points one earns toward Delta Medallion status.
So, let’s check out some sample questions and go from there!
“Do All MQM Count Toward Status?”
We know that flying Delta Air Lines itineraries and partner trips earn MQM (and MQD and MQS) when you credit the trip to your SkyMiles account number. So, that’s one way to earn MQM.
A couple of readers asked about Delta co-branded American Express Cards that offer MQM bonus upon reaching certain spending requirements:
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
For example, “Do the MQM that Amex gives me count toward my Delta elite status?” Or, “What if someone with a Delta Reserve card gifts me their MQM from a Status Boost?”
Another question: “Do the rollover MQM from 2020 and 2021 still count toward status?”
All MQM are Created Equal
Yes! An MQM is an MQM is an MQM.
If you earn an MQM somehow (flying, credit card spend, Delta Reserve gift from a generous friend, rolled over by Delta), it counts toward your status. It’s not like MQM from Delta Amex spending are worth more or less than those earned by flying. (And let’s not give Delta or Amex any ideas!) Same with rolled over MQM.
If you have any questions, please ask away in the below Comments section.
To see rates and fees for the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, please visit this link. Terms apply.
To see rates and fees for the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, please visit this link. Terms apply.
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