I just gave away 15,000 MQMs from my Delta AMEX Reserve card ✈

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I just did something I just about never ever do, I gave away to a good friend 15,000 MQMs. This year I have a boatload of Delta elite qualifying points due to such great deals on mileage runs so I could be a bit lavish.

I did this by meeting the $60,000 spend number on my business Delta AMEX Reserve card. I had already kept the first 15,000 MQMs for spending $30,000 and that amount helped push me up to Diamond Medallion for the year.

I should still end the year with 200,000 MQMs if all goes according to plan. Plus, after I spend another $30,000 on my personal Delta AMEX Reserve card I can then keep for myself another 15,000 MQMs.

Either way being able to gift to anyone you want up to 30,000 MQMs is a HUGE perk of both the personal as well as the business flavor of the AMEX Reserve card (unless you want to keep them all for yourself that is)! – René

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  1. Rene, my wife got the Personal Reserve card early this year. Then, she got that big SkyBonus Platinum Business card. Since we have reached full bonuses on both cards, can she now get a Business Reserve card? I know she won’t get the 10K signup bonus, but could she get the other 30K MQMs if we spend $60K on it? Or, is there a limit on how many MQMs you can get in a year on Business cards? Thanks.

  2. @JohnHace – keep in mind the Plat biz card also has a spend MQM bonus but you can not send them to others like the Reserve card. She can upgrade to the Reserve but that can have mixed results to say the very least. If she did upgrade, and could spend $30k before 31DEC yes she would be able to keep or send 15k MQM this year. If not, at some point when she wants to, cancel one of the two cards and the 365+ day clock starts to get the card NEW and get the bonus etc. – Rene

  3. Rene, Thanks. But since I thought I remember you saying never upgrade, I guess I was wondering if she can keep the Platinum and get the Reserve in addition, or is upgrade the only path?

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