Here’s some good news and bad news.
Most of us know Delta Air Lines announced massive changes yesterday about how people can earn elite status, effective for the 2025 Medallion year.
The lone metric to achieve Medallion status will be Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) — how much money you spend on Delta, its partner airlines, cobranded American Express cards, and other avenues.
Here’s the good news: you can still earn elevated MQD on Delta partner airlines when crediting the trip to your SkyMiles number. Those credit to your SkyMiles account based on a percentage of the trip’s actual mileage. The percentage is determined by which fare class you purchase. (Check out this example of an extended MQD run from New York to Madrid. It earned $12,000 MQD for less than $4,000.)
I’m pleasantly surprised Delta didn’t axe that.
Now for the bad news.
As of January 1, 2024, discounted business class fares (i.e., C, D, I, Y-ups on AeroMexico) will no longer earn 40% of the distance flown.
Full fare business (J) will still haul in 40%
For some people, taking these partner runs will be crucial toward earning Medallion status.
I’d rather spend money (or points!) sitting in that seat above earning MQD than spending insane amounts of money on a Delta Amex card.
Where and How to Find Delta MQD Runs
We now know what to look for when searching for mileage runs. (In other words, we won’t waste time combing for MQM runs anymore. Man, this is all so depressing.)
We’ll get started on that ASAP. Make sure to:
- sign up for the Elite Mileage Run mailing list
- follow @EliteMileageRun on Twitter or X or whatever it’s called this week
- follow our Facebook page
In the meantime, get in touch with the Mileage Run Department at point.me. They can create MQD runs tailored to your specifications (home airport, schedule, etc.).
They’re creative and really can come up with some great runs.
We can still earn elevated MQD by flying on Delta partner airlines. Unfortunately, discounted business class fare earnings will drop to 30% as of January 1, 2024.
Will you be taking MQD runs?
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