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  1. I have a flight booked this Friday from LHR > ATL direct, which will get me 4,189 MQMs. I’m looking to increase the MQMs for the flight by changing the route. If I go to book a one way from LHR > ATL going through MSP, shows that the flight would be worth 7,382 MQMs. When I go to change my current flight from an LHR > ATL direct to the same LHR > MSP > ATL, on the confirmation page, it shows me the the flight would only earn 4,921 MQMs. Any idea why there is an almost 3,000 difference in the number of MQMs that I would earn by doing a change vs booking the one way? Thanks!

  2. @CJ – The Delta MQM calculator on Delta.dumb has been buggy this past week if you check posts. Now what you can check with is a tool from our friends at
    Ignore the SkyMiles part as it is based on the OLD system. The MQMs never changed so that works. If we plug in LHR>ATL direct we find it shows you would earn 4211 MQMs or about the same as Delta tells you. If we plug in LHR>MSP>ATL we find 4921 MQMs and that sounds about right.
    The ONLY way you would get a much higher number would be fare class. If we use an “A” business class fare we find the LHR>MSP>ATL route would yield about 7381 MQMs

  3. Would love to see a post on intrepreting the Skymiles Account Activity on Just noticed that I received 4,707 miles from ATL-LGA but only 1,260 from LGA-ATL. Flights were booked as one-ways.

  4. @Mary – SkyMiles earned is NOT based on distance. Distance means nothing. It is only the price you paid (in your case each way) times your status i.e. 5,7,8,9 or 11x the base price of the ticket (not including tax and fees). It is that simple. Distance plus fare class (not price) matters when you are talking MQMs or elite points.

  5. I’m 12,200 MQMs or 38 MQSs from Gold status with no remaining flights planned in 2016. Should I work to get to Gold status through some promotions (e.g. applying for the AmEx card), or is there perhaps advantage in finishing 2016 just short of Gold status to help make it easier to achieve Gold in calendar year 2017?

  6. Can you still get Delta MQMS and miles when flying Alaska airlines? I hear there once nice union is heading to splitsville…

  7. Rene:
    Recently booked RT to India for November 2016. Operating carriers DL, AF, 9W (Jet Airways).
    Marketing carrier is Delta on one ticket.
    One of the 9W flights is Domestic BLR-BOM, connecting to International BOM-AMS.
    (DL 7538, 7533).
    9W is not listed on the Delta partners page.
    Will these segments accrue SkyMiles, of should I present my JetPrivilege card?
    Thanks in advance for considering this question.

  8. Hi Rene,

    This year I booked two first class tickets while logged into the Delta app using Miles + Cash. To my surprise I earned MQMs on the trip. No, this was not Pay with Miles, but absolutely Miles + Cash. Was this a glitch in my favor? Heard of this happening to others? I am not complaining as the 1.7 CPM that resulted was very nice!

  9. Rene
    Just got back from a short trip to Mumbai from DTW. Flew Business Class with a ticket price in excess of $10,000. When I check my Sky Miles account it is telling me that the maximum miles that they will award on one ticket is 75,000 Miles. I had never seen this restriction. If I had booked this trip via two one-way flights, would I have overcome this restriction. As a Diamond flyer, I have lost significant award miles by choosing to fly Delta.

  10. Rene,

    My credit is only so-so, but I was able to get qualified to get Delta Gold AMEX (only a $1k limit but it’s a start). I hear about MS strategies all the time, so I am using the card for MDGC and paying my student loans through Plastiq. I’m worried that AMEX will report back spend to Delta minus the MDGC/VDGC spend). Have you heard f them doing that? I try to get other things from Kroger on top of the DGC, just so spending fluctuates a bit. Thanks for any answer u can give me!!

  11. Hey, René! Looking forward to seeing you later this month at FTU! Speaking of, I have a related question. I’m thinking of booking a paid First (P) ticket on AS for the return, crediting to DL. Have never flown them before, so I’m curious, and the nonstop flight is timed well for me. If I’m looking at the table correctly, it seems that for this 2,177 mile flight, I would earn ~4,354 SkyMiles (200%), ~4,354 MQMs (200%), *and* then an additional ~1,741 SkyMiles for being PM. Am I seeing that correctly? This seems like a pretty good haul for $429 up front, yes? (By contrast, the lowest nonstop coach on either AS or DL is $280.) Thanks a bunch!

  12. Oh, I did that, René, which is why I was shocked (as earnings on paid First appear much better than on actual DL metal ). I guess I was just looking for agreement from someone in the know that I was interpreting this correctly. 🙂

  13. René, I booked a flight to Asia from NY using Skymiles back in Feb. Based on what I have read in numerous of your articles, I should be eligible for MQMs for this trip since I am an AMEX Delta card holder. Please confirm because I am having a hard time getting Delta to credit me the miles. Thanks.

  14. @Ben – If you booked and award trip or Miles & Cash then NO. Zero. If you booked a PWM or Pay With Miles ticket then you can earn MQMs YES!

  15. It seems Delta has raised award prices on partner Aeromexico between US and Mexico. I have not seen this reported yet.

  16. Rene – I booked a ticket using Skymiles. Is it eligible for MQMs?
    Is it different from booking using Pay with miles? Delta tells me it is not eligible since I used Skymiles. Thanks.

  17. @Ben A – You do not. SkyMiles ticket or Miles & Cash do NOT earn MQMs. Only “cash” and PWM tickets earn MQMs.

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