Some thoughts as Delta MQD tracking goes live at i.e. Medallion Qualifying Dollars.

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Delta MQDs start to display

If you log in to and go to the “Account Activity” page you will see that MQD spending totals are now showing up. I am having a few small issues with displaying all my tickets. Do keep in mind, as you can see by all my red arrows, there is much data to glean.

  • You can use the data search function and then scroll down to see older info.
  • No matter what you paid for the segment, the MQD part is what you get credit for
  • Your grand total for the year is what matters unless you are exempt via AMEX spend or live outside of the USA.
  • You can download a PDF of your current page or current search
  • Keep in mind your MQMs are now just part of the medallion mix.

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It seems, per the Delta rep on FlyerTalk, that AMEX exemptions spending that is over $25,000 on either personal Delta AMEX card or Business Delta AMEX card or a combination of the two will not be showing up as traceable until after 01JAN2014. This is not really an issue and I currently don’t have any concerns as if the spending you are doing, whatever it is, is counting toward your MQM bonus spend, then it should also count next year toward MQD spend. Clear?

using a credit from delta does earn MQD it seems

Also, over at FlyerTalk, members there are discussing what is counting. It seems that if you take a bump, and pay for a ticket with the bump voucher, you will get whatever credit you would get had you paid “cash” for the ticket. Same goes for say a “Choice Benefit” voucher as well. This is good news but not a deal breaker unless you get a LOT of bumps then it could be for a select few (I did get $5,000 in bump vouchers from Delta several years back).

Other bits. Clearly I am not a Delta HVC (or high value customer). I am at about 2CPM (cost per mile) on my MQMs all in but much of that is from AMEX spend bonus and low cost mileage runs now and then 🙂 Even when I add back my  2 x $450  AMEX Reserve fees I am only up to 2.5CPM. When you add back all the value I get from RDMs or Skymiles for all my flights and spend I am net on the plus side!

delta my skymiles tab

Also please don’t freak out if all the numbers in your MY SKYMILES (a new little tab btw) don’t quite work out as they should. I am impressed Delta put this out this far ahead of 01JAN2014 so we will all have a chance to see what is working and what is not before this really counts toward our totals for earning status for 2015. Speaking of that, also don’t freak out for 2014. What you spend this year, 2013, does not matter toward your 2014 flying year that ends 01MARCH2015. This will matter next year, in 2014, when you are working to qualify for 2015 that ends 01MARCH2016. Is that also clear?

To me the biggest perk of this for you, the reader, is to see if you will be all good based on your real spending with Delta or if you, like me, will need to go the exempt status way by spending on your Delta branded AMEX cards! – René

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.


  1. Dumb question: A flying year is not the same as a calendar year? Right now, we are working towards 2014 status. Do we start working toward 2015 status on 01jan2014? For as long as I have been flying, I never paid attention to this.

    • @Vaily – yep you are spot on. We can earn status in any current year, fly that status the next year, and to confuse us all the status year ends each year at the end of FEB or basically 01MARCH each year!

  2. Well, if the MQD tracker is accurate it will little impact me. I sit needing almost 20k miles for gold only $200 from the MQD requirement. Now I just need to decide whether to go for gold with some MRs or just roll whatever miles I have over and suffer as silver for part of 2015.

  3. I will probably get stoned and run out of town for saying this, but I’m not really bothered by MQDs being factored into status. I mean Delta wants to reward loyal customers, but the way the system is set up now, they also reward high spending AMEX holders. After reading the fine print, it looks like I will be able to hit the MQD targets AND the minimal AMEX spend without any changes to how I do business, so this isn’t a huge deal personally. And if the result is better top tier service and more frequent upgrades, then, well, as a Delta Medallion, that’s what I want.

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  5. Don in ATL Reply

    I’m assuming that MQD’s get credited when I fly, NOT when I buy the ticket. For instance if I buy a ticket in Dec, but fly in Jan, those dollars get credited in the 2014 year accruing MQD’s for the 2015 year. Is this correct?

    Another point is, if you can work around the MQD’s with the DL AMEX card, why doesn’t everybody do this? It’s a huge loophole.

  6. Kind of disappointed I changed my delta affiliated address to my international address already it would have been interesting to see how my MQD breakdown would have been. Alas,this new enhancement does not apply to me ;-).

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  8. I definitely won’t have enough MQDs for my Gold status. I will have to depend on my Amex spend to keep it for 2015 or go back to silver. It looks like I’ll end the year with $3500 MQD.

  9. Hey Rene –

    Any idea where Delta is starting this MQD calculation from (as far as date)? I just looked and it only shows I’ve spent about $1k this year, which is off by over $4k. I know the MQD requirement doesn’t go into effect until 2014, but it would be nice to know how the heck they’re coming up with their figure. All my flights have been on either DL metal or 006 tickets. Of course, with all DL’s “enhancements” lately, chances are next year is my last year as a DL elite. I’ll stick with going for PLT on AA next year and leave it at that.

  10. Rene,

    Do miles flown in Q1 of the Calendar year (Jan 1 to Mar 31) count towards status for both “status years” (the one ending that same Mar and the following year), or just the year ending? In other words, if I fly in Feb 2014, will it count towards my 2015 status and 2014 status, or just 2014 status? Trying to prevent reaching Diamond, so planning carefully.

  11. Gregg Goldstein Reply

    @ Sterling,

    I wonder if you have something there. How much does the average international version of the “UPS Store” charge for a mail box?

    I would think that would be the real “loophole”.

    on a separate note. Looking at my delta Amex spend, I know that just between insurance, cable and mobile I will hit about $11k. it should be relatively easy to shift other spend from my plat bus amex to my delta amex…..


  12. Gregg Goldstein Reply


    can you define, “part that goes to Delta”?

    If I look at my ticket, I would assume that the taxes and fees would need to be deducted from the ticket and leave the actual dollars going to airline. But for instance, I am flying to the UK next month and am currently on a delta ticket with code share to VA. I am flying MIA -> LHR and then LHR -> JFK -> FLL. only the JFK -> FLL is on delta metal, what would count?



  13. What does the “US Members Only” refer to where MQDs is shown? Is this a requirement only for US SkyMiles Members, or is it that the ability to track your MQDs on is only available for US members?

  14. I will not make status on MQD’s – I will have to exempt by AmEx spend. I will barely make this $25k; I don’t spend like you do Rene ;=}. I have a couple of concerns here.
    First, it has always been tough to track “eligible” spending. As far as I know, you jsut have to trust Amex’s calculations, and last year they were missing some transactions for mine. They did get it right in the end but it was scary. Do you know if anyone is planning a tracker for current eleigible spending?
    And this leads to my second concern: the new terms in Delta’s announcement specifically exclude “purchases or reloading of prepaid cards”. If they follow through on this, I likely won’t meet the minimum spend….
    What are your thoughts?

    • @Russ – EZ to track. Just look at your eligible spend on your AMEX statement each month. At this point, just about everything but a cash advance counts. We will see what next year brings.

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