At long last Delta Air Lines has updated their 2013 Status Challenge page. Delta no longer will just “match” you, you have to fly to keep the status. You will get the status during the challenge, but you will not have all the perks of full fledged status. Once you do meet the challenge you will be a full member at whatever level you challenge.
There are some important features to keep in mind if you are coming over to Delta. Delta will NOT match you up to Diamond Medallion, our highest level. Beyond that, it is status you are NOT getting elite points or as we call them MQMs or Medallion Qualifying Miles. What this means is this, say you are able to fly 26,000 miles in the 90 days and then do no flying anymore this year. You would have your status for all of 2014 flying year. Delta does not expire your status until the last day of February the next year so your status would end on 01MARCH2015. Clear?
Other points. Delta has rollovers MQMs depending on your status level of Silver, Gold, Platinum or even Diamond. 25k-49,999, 50k-74,999, 75k-124,999, 125,000+
Depending on how much you will fly in 2014 there is a bunch of MQM math you need to think about. Let’s break it down. Let’s say you match Platinum, and then fly 26,000+ inside 90 days, and then by year end finish the year at 49,000 MQMs, you would rollover
24,000 and have a great start for your 2014 year and still be Platinum all of 2014. You would then need to in 2014 reach 75,000 MQMs but you rolled over 24,000 so you would only need 51,000 to reach that 75,000 MQM goal in 2014. ZERO MQMs as per challenge rules, “Members who are eligible and complete the Status Match Challenge are ineligible for rollover MQMs unless they earn more MQMs than the gifted status requirement.” So for a Platinum to rollover even 1 MQM into 2014 you will need to fly and or earn over 75,000 MQMs.
More good info to know and from the MQM post you can look at HERE. During the challenge ONLY BIS or “your” butt in the airline seat that counts toward the challenge goal. This means that MQMs from say a Delta AMEX card does NOT “officially” count toward meeting the challenge requirements. Every other time of the year all the MQMs no matter where you get them count toward your status as well as your million miler status with our airline.
Either way, if you were thinking about coming over to Delta, NOW would be a great time as you have plenty of time to fly still this year and will have your status until the end of FEB2015 (as long as you complete the challenge that is)!
Welcome to Delta and be sure to follow the blog for all the latest Delta tips – René
PS – If you want to earn your MQMs fast,
look at this Mileage Run post 🙂
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