How much do you fly? No, not miles, segments or MQS / Medallion Qualifying Segments. You talk to those people who fly 100+ up’s and down’s and they are the “real” flyers. Delta does reward them with Medallion status at 30, 60,100 & 140 segments moving up the ladder + MQDs also this year. If you are a DM from 140 segment you have both my respect and condolences. I cry for how much CRJ time you have had in your life.
Here is the deal (and this in no way new news to many), these hard core loyal Delta flyers get NO perks of rollover unlike the rest of us. If they have 130 MQSs at the end of the year, the extra 30 are just gone! Yep, if they end up just one short, they sure should have taken that one more last leg. Oh, and even those of you who were “forced” to overpay for MQMs this year from Delta, MQS flyers could not buy even 1 single MQS at ANY price to get over the top. How is this fair at all? Seriously Delta?!?
First, the possible Delta logic (don’t hate on me, I am just trying to come up with any kind of idea that can hold water at all). Is it because segment flyers just don’t pay as much as MQM flyers? Doubt it, as many pay a TON for short hops. And if this were the case why not allow rollover MQSs if they are worth so much less? Is it because there are so many less segment flyers? Then why have all the tech in place and charts to reward these flyers. I just don’t get it I guess. Do you?
Personally I would love to see MQSs added to the rollover equation. With MQDs in place, there is no reason this could not be done. I hope if you are an MQS qualifier, you will e-mail again and again to Delta that you would like to see this “enhancement” in 2014!
OK talking about MQDs, would an MQD rollover be a good idea? I know a bunch are asking for that but I am not so sure on this one. Delta has created MQDs to do two things. One, reduce the number of medallions and reward those who spend with Delta and AMEX. I can see the airline logic of requiring spend year after year. If both MQMs and MQSs were rolled over, then sure I really am OK with NO MQD or extra over spend on AMEX rolling over. Now understand, I spend $120,000+ on my two Delta AMEX Reserve cards and would love a multi-year exempt spend rollover but just don’t see it happening. It would again cause an inflation of too many medallions.
I think 2014 is going to be a learning year for Delta and I think what we say, and do, will mold what is to come – René
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