15,000 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) added to my SkyMiles account today – Thank you AMEX! How to claim them. – Rookie Wednesday post.

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Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.

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One of the absolute best features of the  Delta AMEX cards <-LINK  especially in this case my Delta Reserve card, is being able to earn 15,000 MQMs by spending $30,000 on the card in a calendar year and again once I hit $60,000.

bonus skymiles from 30000 spend on delta reserve card delta points

I often get the question, just when can I get these MQMs? Is it when I meet the spend or when the statement closes or just when? The simple answer is what you see above. You ALSO get 15,000 bonus SkyMiles for meeting these spend goals. A few days after your statement closes you will see at Delta.com the bonus SkyMiles post to you account. THAT is the key event to look for to know you are ready to redeem or gift the bonus MQMs.

step one get mqms

Take a look at the screen shot of my current points for this year including my million miler status. Now it is time to use THIS link, after I am logged in to Delta.com, and go to choose what to do with my MQMs.

mqms added to my skymiles account

Then I simply pick if I am redeeming the MQMs from either a personal or business Delta AMEX Reserve card (in my case it is a business card – you can hold BOTH cards). I also choose if I want to keep the MQMs for myself or gift them to anyone else with a SkyMiles account.

mqms added to my skymiles account instantly updated on delta-com

And that is all there is to it. It is just that simple and Delta tells me I have successfully redeemed the points. And when I log out, and then log back in to my SkyMiles account I do see the MQMs have instantly posted and updated my totals INCLUDING my million miler balance as well having gone up by 15,000 points.

It really is SO simple to meet the spend, not just to be MQD exempt from Delta each year, but also as a way to offset the $450 fee for the card. Since you can spend the SkyMiles bonus points at 1 cent each with the PWM option, you are earning after spending $60,000 in a calendar year 30,000 SkyMiles on top of the MQMs worth at least $300 making the annual fee much more reasonable. I also greatly value my MQMs for status and this card is a great way to earn a bunch without even stepping on a Delta jet! – René
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27 comments

  1. I thought these automatically posted but then became suspicious a few months back when they never posted. I finally called Delta about two weeks ago and resolved it within a few minutes. I never knew I had to claim the miles on a special website, as this was never communicated to me by Delta or AmEx Reserve.

  2. @FNT Delta – If you simply wait and do NOTHING they will auto post to the SkyMiles account from the cardholder. But, if you want to GIFT them to someone, it is good to jump on them ASAP #TIP

  3. Based on all bad things Delta has been doing for its customers, aren’t there better credit cards to spend $60,000? I understand 15,000 MQM helps in achieving elite status but other than that I would see way more value in getting 60,000 UR points from Chase.

  4. @Santastico – It all depends on how much you value status. I value my Diamond status MORE than 60k UR points! WAY MORE!

  5. @Santastico: Good question. I ask this myself all the time. I value status more than miles because I’m not married and most of my travel is paid for by work. I’m not hording every mile for a one-week vacation to Hawaii, as so many folks do. I use my miles sporadically — a few miles with cash tickets and then perhaps an award ticket once a year. Diamond status is still worth something. I’m not convinced platinum will be valuable by next year, just because upgrades are becoming so rare.

  6. @Genise – max on one card. You can hold both business and personal and get 60k mqm that way per person

  7. @Genise – Yep and to be clear we are talking Reserve card. Only the new card bonus CAN NOT be gifted.

  8. Well I’m hoping that you add me in the “send to friend” one of these days 🙂

  9. I have a personal Delta Amex Platinum and a business Delta Amex Platinum, as well. Can I dump one and get the Reserve and still enjoy the full Reserve benefits? Or do I have to wait a year? Thanks, Rene!

  10. Its not 60,000 points per 60k spends its 60,000 plus 30,000 bonus = 90k or 1.5 per dollar.

  11. Sorry should have been more clear. I was responding to this post on the thread:

    Santastico March 4, 2015 at 11:32
    Based on all bad things Delta has been doing for its customers, aren’t there better credit cards to spend $60,000? I understand 15,000 MQM helps in achieving elite status but other than that I would see way more value in getting 60,000 UR points from Chase.

    60,000 chase UR vs
    90,000 sky miles for same spend
    and 30,000 MQM not 15,000

  12. Considering you can rollover up to 50k MQM, how did you get the 110k that shows up in just THREE months and only spending $800!??! Note: to keep your privacy just reply “cards referral” or “card spent” or “you’re wrong, I rollovered X amount”… no need of details. Or just don’t approve this comment if you don’t feel like sharing the trick.

  13. I did exactly as you said, and got the “Congrats! You’ve redeemed your MQMs” message or whatever it says, but then the MQMs did not magically appear in my account and Delta says Amex says it can take 8 to 12 weeks.

  14. Any idea how long you have to claim the 15,000 MQMs? I’m wondering if I can hit the $60,000 annual spend for my December payment but leave the MQMs on hold until after January 1 so they play into my status for next year.

  15. @Rene Thanks very much! I will plan to hit $60,000 spend before 12/31/16 and then hold off on posting the 15,000 bonus MQMs to my SkyMiles account until mid-January sometime. With rolling over about 20k MQMs; plus 15k bonus MQMs; plus a trips to Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Mexico I hope to hit Platinum around April 2017. Then, I would get to keep Platinum for the 2018 status year until it ends on 1/31/19. I hope this works, so much planning!

  16. @Jon – To be clear, in case you missed it on the post, any MQMs earned in 2016 even if you post them in 2017 will count in 2016 and rollover (if you qualify) into 2017. They will NOT, again NOT, count on 2018 Medallion year that you earn during 2017.

  17. @Rene – Gotcha, thanks for the clarification, I really appreciate it. My plan will not work then. I will be Gold at 12/31/16 and I would rather roll over my 20k MQMs instead of burning them up on Platinum right away. I’m hoping to earn Platinum early in 2017 to keep it as long as possible. Thanks again, you saved me a lot of effort!

  18. ugggh–I have searched the delta site under my log on and cannot find where the mqms from american express have gone. I see the screen capture from above with gifting medallion qualification miles but cannot get to that page. What am I missing??

  19. Hey Rene. If I hit my Amex Reserve card spending tier in late December 2016, then gift a friend the 15,000 MQMs when they are available in late January 2017 or February 2017, for what medallion year will they post for the friend you are gifting them to? 2016 or 2017?

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