EDIT: THERE IS UPDATED INFO AS OF 8AUG2014. PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR CURRENT INFO!
On the Delta.com home page, as part of the main title bar, is a big tab that can get you started on a dream vacation enjoying all that Delta has to offer and to “book together and save” it says (well maybe not all).
As soon as you start your search however you are no longer on Delta.com but now instantly redirected to the Deltavacations.com page (thus you are no longer “with” Delta.com – an important point if MQDs matter to you).
At the very bottom of the Delta Vacations page on the link “Why buy Delta Vacations” it says in very very very small print the above. It sure seems like you will be earning points for your trip but they leave a ton of exclusionary verbiage. Also notice what it says on Delta.com about what does and does not earn full points including MQDs
If you find all of this a bit murky and unclear and frustrating, you are not alone. I reached out to Delta and to Delta Vacations for a final word about MQDs and this is what I was told:
“Unique to Delta Vacations, through our relationship with Delta Air Lines, our customers can earn SkyMiles medallion status quicker than through other booking sources with MQMs (flown miles), MQSs (flown segments), bonus miles up to 7,500 miles, additional miles for bookings using a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, and miles for rental cars and specific promotions.
However, Delta Vacations is currently not offering Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) to its customers due to its usage of unpublished fares, which offer the lowest fares on Delta Air Lines as part of its vacation package pricing.” – Tina Iglio, MLT Vacations senior vice president of marketing
I appreciate the final and firm answer that you will NOT be earning MQDs booking with Delta Vacations. But I am very disappointed that Delta is, at least to me, not being very clear on these types of tickets bundled with a trip. When you take into account that Delta Vacations is basically “integrated” into the Delta.com home page, is wholly owned by Delta Air Lines and promotes earning miles, then could they not also allow tickets purchased through them to earn all points just like those from Delta.com. But we see this is NOT the case when it comes to the very important MQD earnings.
Will this stop you from purchasing trips from Delta Vacations? Do you find it all a bit confusing as to what does and does not earn full points. What do you think? I would love to know – René