Oh my dearest Delta. You have really lost it this year <-LINK on Delta.com. I mean I thought the prices for buying Delta MQMs in 2014, and in 2013, and in 2012 were bad but almost $3,000 for 10,000 MQMs is just shameful, embarrassing and frankly disgusting. I warned folks this was on the way and that there are better ways to get MQMs (and much cheaper)!
Oh I know some foolish folks will jump on the deal when they could simply for $450 for getting a Delta Reserve card (personal or business) pick up 10,000 MQMs with 1st purchase or for $195 and minimum spend pick up 5,000 MQMs from the Delta Platinum card (personal or business).
Also some bits to think about with this year’s buy MQM deal. You may not be eligible. Some of them are an improvement over last year, some are speculation on my part.
I will end the year with almost 300,000 MQMs. I, and my wife, are not being allowed to buy MQMs. Now my wife I understand and this is good and here is why. In the years past they let folks buy when they would NOT rollover. That is if you were NOT MQD exempt the buy MQMs would just go poof and your money was lost for nothing. This year they block that. Good job Delta.
But what about me? Not that I would be brain dead stupid enough even to CONSIDER buying MQMs at these ridiculous prices but why would they block me as a Diamond? Could it be that the end of rollover MQMs is on the way for 2017 Medallion year and Delta does not want to refund folks for buying MQMs that go “poof” once the change is announced?
And that brings us to more issues. Last year I blogged and questioned if Golds who did the buy MQMs and before the news about the changes to SkyMiles hit should have a chance to get their money back. Please do keep in mind we have not yet had the news of the changes that are sure to be on the way for the 2017 Delta Medallion year. How happy would you be to pay 3K for MQMs and then have Delta spring more changes on you?
And then there is the again ongoing issue of the prices being all over the place. Delta is charging, for the same MQMs, WILDLY differing prices. For most businesses you cannot charge one price to one person and another price to another person just because of who they are, but when it comes to frequent flyer programs they can do anything they want to anyone who play in the program. Don’t like it? Get out!
I have to tell you an Elite Mileage Run is looking better and better to me. I think a “Fun Run” is a much better way to spend the day enjoying all Delta has to offer and lunch or dinner somewhere nice. Heck, if you get a “bumpertunity” along the way then Delta may end up paying you for your run as well!
So are you buying MQMs at these prices? Also what was your “generous” offer from our beloved Delta Air Lines? – René
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