Want to get a jump on earning Delta Air Lines Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) for 2025 elite status? (Remember, MQM and MQS are in their final weeks.) Delta will soon give you that opportunity — through physical and online gift shops.
Eye of the Flyer reader “Jon” commented earlier this week, “They’re going to be (essentially) selling MQD for next year for 2 weeks in November in-person at JFK, apparently. There’s a sign up in Terminal 4.” He followed that up with, “The sign says ‘The Window Seat Shop – A store where everything inside is a head start towards earning 2025 Medallion Status.’ Open 11/14 – 11/30.”
Starting 11/14/23, there will be a new way to grow your world.
Inside The Window Seat Shop at JFK, you’ll find items from many of the destinations Delta flies to. From French chocolate, to mochila bags from Colombia, to spices from Egypt, everything at The Window Seat Shop increases your earn toward 2025 Medallion® Status.
Stock up on gifts for the holiday season and get a head start on your 2025 Status. SkyMiles Members can earn $1 Medallion® Qualification Dollar (MQD) for each $1 you spend at The Window Seat Shop. (Bold mine.)
Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Members can purchase items from The Window Seat Shop online right here starting at 12:00AM (ET) on 11/14/23.
Online access for non-Card Members begins on 11/15/23 at 12:00AM (ET).
That’s all the information we have right now.
Chocolate and Spices: More Useful Than Delta Amex Cards?
Ever since Delta announced its spending-based program for earning Medallion status and ensuing damage control updates, one thing that’s really sort of a head-scratcher for me is the dismal MQD earnings on Delta’s SkyMiles Amex Cards.
- The personal/consumer Delta Reserve Amex and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Cards will each earn $1 MQD for each $10 spent on a card.
- The personal/consumer Delta Platinum Amex and Delta Business Platinum cards will each earn $1 MQD for each $20 spent on a card.
I’m not saying Delta and Amex should award $1 MQD for each dollar spent on a card. But something in the $1 MQD:$7-8 spent would be slightly reasonable. Consider, too, that spending on each of American Airlines’ cobranded cards counts equally toward Loyalty Points. They don’t play the tiered credit card game Delta and Amex will next year.
But you can do way better than that! You’ll score $1 MQD for each dollar spent buying the chocolates, bags, spices, and whatever else will be offered in the Window Seat Shop.
Will you do holiday shopping just for the MQD?
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