Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
One of the absolute best features of the Delta AMEX cards <-LINK especially in this case my Delta Reserve card, is being able to earn 15,000 MQMs by spending $30,000 on the card in a calendar year and again once I hit $60,000.
I often get the question, just when can I get these MQMs? Is it when I meet the spend or when the statement closes or just when? The simple answer is what you see above. You ALSO get 15,000 bonus SkyMiles for meeting these spend goals. A few days after your statement closes you will see at Delta.com the bonus SkyMiles post to you account. THAT is the key event to look for to know you are ready to redeem or gift the bonus MQMs.
Take a look at the screen shot of my current points for this year including my million miler status. Now it is time to use THIS link, after I am logged in to Delta.com, and go to choose what to do with my MQMs.
Then I simply pick if I am redeeming the MQMs from either a personal or business Delta AMEX Reserve card (in my case it is a business card – you can hold BOTH cards). I also choose if I want to keep the MQMs for myself or gift them to anyone else with a SkyMiles account.
And that is all there is to it. It is just that simple and Delta tells me I have successfully redeemed the points. And when I log out, and then log back in to my SkyMiles account I do see the MQMs have instantly posted and updated my totals INCLUDING my million miler balance as well having gone up by 15,000 points.
It really is SO simple to meet the spend, not just to be MQD exempt from Delta each year, but also as a way to offset the $450 fee for the card. Since you can spend the SkyMiles bonus points at 1 cent each with the PWM option, you are earning after spending $60,000 in a calendar year 30,000 SkyMiles on top of the MQMs worth at least $300 making the annual fee much more reasonable. I also greatly value my MQMs for status and this card is a great way to earn a bunch without even stepping on a Delta jet! – René
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