So many readers have been asking about my Medallions status with Delta (and for good reason) that I thought I would give a quick update on my progress and plans for the next few years.
During COVID, I dumped all my Delta Amex cards and went to cash back cards. It has proved to be a very wise move — and cash has held up way better than the almost daily diminishing “value” of Skymiles.
But despite giving up the quest for Diamond, I have a rather large stash of Delta MQMs that I hate to see go poof so I recently picked up a card_name and have now knocked out the $25,000 spend to get both the 10,000 MQM boost but also have the waiver for up to Platinum Medallion accomplished as well. (Please note that Delta is sunsetting the MQM feature starting on January 1, 2024. The Delta MQD Waiver will also cease to exist.)
It is, however, taking quite some time for the Amex number to sync up with Delta. What I am seeing is about a one-week lag time from my charges and number to update at Amex until they update on Delta. Not just that, but my bonus points from spending on my card each month are taking a VERY long time to post (like, over a month or more). I have no idea why they are so slow but right now, I have little confidence in Delta IT so I am not surprised.
Now, some may note I am a Million Miler — so, why bother with all this since I have lifetime, err “annual,” Silver Medallion status gifted to me from Delta? The reason is this gifted status does NOT protect my MQMs from disappearing each year. I still must EARN enough to be at least Silver in both MQMs and spending to keep what I have banked in elite points.
Since I have zero intention of spending $3,000 or more on Delta tickets this year, the spend waiver was the simplest and cheapest option. And I will do so again at the beginning of next year, that is, before the second year’s annual fee bills (you have 30 days after it bills to cancel and get it back, FYI). card_name
Have you 100% given up on any Delta status for 2024 or are you, like me, looking at ways to slow walk away from the Medallion race? – René
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