How long does it take to claim / update your bonus Amex Reserve card MQMs? Do the Amex MQMs count towards your Million Miler totals?

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I almost chose to publish today’s post as a Rookie Wednesday post but many times those who most need to see the post skip over a post that has a rookie slant to it. So maybe a Monday focus post will be a better choice. First the basics.

This time I keep ’em!

When you have reached the $30,000 and as well as the $60,000 spend levels on your co-branded Delta Amex Reserve personal or business cards (#ProTip: not including annual fee), and your statement closes, you should see with no input from your end 15,000 Delta SkyMiles deposited into your account on You are the only one who gets these spendable points. When you see them hit your account, even before you get the email as shown at the top of this post from Delta, you are clear to harvest the MQMs or elite points.

Wahhooo! Thank you Amex!

The first step (see big arrows above) is to choose the card you want to claim the MQMs from i.e. a personal card or business card (#ProTip: You can hold BOTH and spend and earn bonus on each card). Then use the link on, if you are really nice, you can choose to gift them to someone. Or, you can keep them for yourself! That is what I did this time around. But how long does it take for those points to post? Take a look:

After totals

Before totals

The quick answer is just about instantly. All I did was log off and then log back in to my account and the MQMs were posted! But is that it? Nope, there is more to this.

That was quick!

If the MQMs are enough to push you to the next medallion level (and you have the MQD waiver or enough MQDs for whatever level) don’t expect your elite status to update instantly as well. Under most circumstances it will take 1-2 days for all the Delta tech (i.e. fly Delta App etc.) to catch up. Yes this could mean you are still on the upgrade list under you old status for a day or two until the new info propagates throughout the Delta systems.

Gifted MQMs also post almost instantly

A few last bits for today. Many ask if Amex MQMs, either from you or gifted to you count towards your lifetime Delta million miler status. The answer is 100% yes! All Delta MQMs truly are created equal and it matters not where you get them – they all count toward your lifetime miles. Also, one more important #ProTip for today – why not call Amex RIGHT NOW and have them set your statement close date for the 1st of the month for your Delta Amex cards – it will make things simpler at year end each year.

Are you enjoying the elite and SkyMiles points perks each year from the Delta Amex Reserve card(s)? – Rene

Question Readers: Do Targeted Offers Make you More or Less Loyal to Delta and Amex?

Before you comment (but I know someone will anyway) you are HIGHLY unlikely to be targeted for the above offer. I.E. you are likely to get a “ROCK”. You will, if you try to register, see the following: That is what I got on all of my, and my wife’s, Delta Amex cards. They do not love us at all it seems and it is kinda a shame because getting 2 Skypennis vs. just 1 … Continue reading