Most of us now know that the only way to earn Delta Air Lines SkyMiles elite Medallion status starting next year (for Medallion year 2025) is through earning Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD).
MQD are earned through spending cold, hard cash on Delta flights (and Delta Vacations, etc.) and co-branded Delta SkyMiles® American Express Cards.
For those who want a refresher, here’s how many MQD it’ll take to reach the various Medallion tiers.
- Silver: 6,000 MQD
- Gold: 12,000 MQD
- Platinum: 18,000 MQD
- Diamond: 35,000 MQD
Earn Gold Status After One Flight!
There are people who’ve never flown a Delta flight — but their business could be far more valuable to Delta than yours. Even if you’ve gone out of your way to spend several thousand dollars each year on Delta flights and tens of thousands of dollars on Delta Amex Cards. Because you’re genuinely loyal and appreciate a good product.
I searched for a Delta One flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR).
I found this.
That one trip earns more than enough MQD to make someone a Gold Medallion.
They could be as loyal as Judas. Delta would rather have them in the loyalty program than you or me: longtime Medallion members who drank the Kool-Aid.
Sure, this is sort of an extreme scenario. To Delta’s point, this illustrates how simple it is earn Medallion status. But it shows what kind of a slap in the face it is to people who travel dozens of flights over time to earn their status. People who put their everyday spending on Delta Amex cards to earn MQD Waivers while flying Delta whenever they could simply don’t matter anymore.
I know Delta is a business — and businesses need to make money. But, wow. The bandage has been ripped off.
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