If you’re pursuing Delta Air Lines SkyMiles elite Medallion status, you know earning every single Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) is vital. (Unless you’re using the Delta Amex MQD Waiver.) Well, Delta announced a new, limited-time promotion today that awards MQD for eligible hotel and rental car bookings purchased through Delta.
The promotion is effective now through March 31, 2023. Travel must take place between February 27 and September 4, 2023.
Perhaps you saw an email looking like this today:
Here’s the gist: you earn one MQD for each US dollar spent on an eligible car rental or hotel’s base rate. Taxes, fees, and other charges don’t count. Remember these purchases must be made through Delta at website www.travelextras-delta.com. (Expedia runs that booking engine.) Cancellations, no-shows, and unpaid reservations won’t earn MQD (which is totally fair).
The terms and condition state, “MQDs can only be credited to the SkyMiles Member whose name appears on the credit card used for the reservation.” So, you might(?) be able to book a hotel reservation for yourself — and add someone else to the room, even if you’re not going on the trip. They can check in and you’d (theoretically) still earn the MQD.
Remember that hotel bookings made through online travel agencies (OTA) such as the Delta-Expedia engine generally don’t entitle people to hotel elite status perks or earnings. So, if you really want your elite status benefits (a shot at room upgrades, free breakfast, lounge access, bonus points earnings, etc.), then you’re better off booking directly through hotels.
Rental car companies aren’t as finicky but your mileage may vary (figuratively and literally!).
A limited-time promotion gives Delta SkyMiles members the opportunity to earn MQD on hotel and car rental reservations made through Delta. Depending on how much you spend on either (or both) of those categories, you might be able to haul in some significant MQD.
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