Last year, I popped up a good review of the common Q&A that seem to hit each year. I get dozens of e-mails all with the same questions so do take time to review last year’s as the info is still relevant. With the changes to Delta Skymiles 2014 there is time for some new ones that should be looked at. Let’s dive in!
Q1) I got an e-mail from Delta about my Choice Benefits. Do I need to redeem them before 01MARCH2014 or can I wait until after that to get the new Regional or Global certs?
A1) Delta does make it tricky to know just what you have and what you have earned. I will try to make this simple (as simple as I can). If, in 2012 you flew 75,000 miles, you earned your Platinum Medallion status for 2013 NOT for 2012. Yes, you got the perks for the rest of 2012, but you EARNED 2013 status. You have enjoyed that this year. That 2013 status ENDS as of 01MARCH2014. So, to answer your question, if you are talking about your 2013 Choice Benefit it MUST MUST MUST be redeemed BEFORE 01MARCH2014 or it is just GONE! Now, if in 2013 you flew 75,000 miles you earned your Platinum Medallion status for 2014 NOT for 2013. So for the latter case you CAN wait until after 01MARCH2014 to pick the new Regional certs or in the case of a Diamond Medallion the Global certs. Is this clear enough?
Q2) I just realized from one of your posts that if I use my Delta AMEX and “Pay with Miles” that I will earn MQMs. What about MQDs next year?
A2) The roll out that we can earn MQMs and RDMs (i.e. medallion qualifying miles and Skymiles) when we book in 1st class on Delta is a great perk and just one more that sets Skymiles apart from the others. Yes, as of 2014, when MQDs (medallion qualifying dollars) start for real, you will earn, for the base price of the ticket, MQD credit. Just like a paid for ticket, taxes and other fees do NOT count toward your year MQD goals.
Q3) If I buy a ticket for my wife with my Delta AMEX card will I get MQD credit? What if she has a secondary card on my primary account. Will I get MQD credit that way if she buys a ticket?
A3) No for both. MQD is for you and you alone. Now, for the $25,000 spend exemption – that is a different story. Here, with your personal and business Delta AMEX cards, all the “qualified” spending counts (we will see just what that means soon enough no matter what the T&C say now). Even if you have secondary cards on your cards that spend also counts toward YOUR total exempt spending for 2014.
Q4) I have the personal Delta AMEX Gold card. AMEX says I cannot get another card for 90 days so I guess that means I cannot get the business Gold/Platinum/Reserve card, right?
A4) Wrong. The Delta business cards, and vice versa, are different products from the personal cards and one has nothing to do with the other. You could, if you wanted to, apply for both the same day. Also important to always remember, no matter what offers AMEX sends you, you must wait 365+ days after you cancel to get the new card bonus again and AMEX views all 3 personal Delta cards as the same card and all 3 Delta business cards as the same card! BTW, your time is just about up if you want the 10,000 MQMs from a Delta AMEX Reserve card this year!
Q5) I am nervous about meeting my spend for my 25/30k Delta Platium/Reserve card MQM bonus. AMEX shows I have spent 25/30k but I have not got my points yet. What gives?
A5) Keep in mind the annual fee of $150/$450 does NOT count but shows up as spend. So, you had better make sure you spend enough to be over the 25/30k level. I always shoot for $500-$1000 over per card to be safe. Also, with the Platinum, you will see the points hit almost as soon as you hit the spend – sometimes even mid month. With the Reserve it is a few days after your statement closes. As you can see from last year’s Q&A, the MQMs count in the year you spent no matter when the statement closes.
Q6) I hear mileage running is over now from many bloggers. Are you done mileage running in 2014?
A6) I have my first mileage run for 2014 booked for 8-10JAN2014 so I guess that answers your question. 🙂 In fact, I think, as far as Delta goes, the bloggers are just flat out wrong. Now that Delta is really rewarding Diamond Medallions I think you are going to see MORE Delta mileage running in 2014 not less. I will, with rollover, be Diamond Medallion by 01MARCH2014 at the latest (i.e. MQMs + AMEX spending exemption). Plus, now that Hawaii offers free west coast upgrade shots I think I will be looking for more tropical runs with stopovers (guess that kinda kills the purest MR but who cares – it’s Hawaii)!
Q7) Next year, after 01MARCH, as a Diamond Medallion, I get two DM Choice Benefits picks. Can I pick 8 of the Global upgrade certs (i.e. 2×4)?
A7) No. Like with all the DM Choice Benefits you cannot make the same selection twice. That said, if you want to pick 8 Regional as your DM choice and 4 as your PM choice you could end up with 12 of the Regional certs this way and still have one more DM choice remaining but still you cannot then pick 4 Global certs as the DM choice is either Global or Regional. Clear?
Q8) I clicked on your Delta Gold/Platinum/Reserve card link on the blog before but now when I go back it seems broken as it does not show me the 3 Delta cards. Can you fix this?
A8) Sigh. I cannot fix this as it is at AMEX’s end and is a cookie issue. First, thanks SO much for supporting the blog. Next, what I would ask you to do is use this great tool I use all the time to clean up my cookies from general web surfing called CCLEANER. It is free, simple and fast and cleans up old junk on your PC from web surfing. Here is the link: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner After you run this, shut down, restart your PC and you should be good to go and the links should work just fine. Oh, and you may notice your PC is much faster too!
Q9) I have a NON-Delta i.e. Membership Rewards personal (or business) Platinum AMEX card. I have not got any credit yet but I paid for things on Delta. What did I do wrong? I was supposed to get $200 credit.
A9) You must pick Delta as your airline you want credit for. It is good to look NOW as this is PER YEAR not per credit card sign-up year. So, you could, register Delta as your choice, and by all reports from readers, buy 4 – $50 Delta e-Gift cards and you should see 4x$50 statement credits in short order. Reports are the HIGHER ones are NOT resulting in credits. You can combine several of the Delta e-Gift cards on one ticket when spending them.
Q10) – open to you so ask away (just be sure to check last year’s Q&A first please)! – René
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