I am now 15,000 MQMs closer to my goal of hitting 1 million lifetime elite miles with Delta and locking in my
lifetime annual silver medallion status. I will not have to fly Delta even once or spend a penny on a Delta AMEX card to keep this as the status is simply “gifted” to me year after year by Delta (until they decide to change it, that is).
I accomplished this by spending $30,000 on my Delta AMEX Reserve card (Learn more) or in my case my business Delta AMEX Reserve card (learn more). But did I instantly get the points? Let me knock out some super common questions from readers I tend to get all the time.
First off, I have detailed how to claim them in a post HERE (see post E18). But it seems this does not make it simple enough so here are the super simple steps to do it and things to know.
1) Your MQMs are ready to be claimed only once the 15,000 SkyMiles are posted to your Delta.com account. That is the KEY point for you to know they are ready and waiting (even before you get any kind of email they are there).
2) Once you claim them they are instantly there (or instantly sent to another account if you want).
3) If you do not see them, simply log out of Delta.com, log back in, and they will be there. 🙂
Folks, it really is that simple but I have answered probably 50 emails about these 3 steps. But there are many more. Let’s knock them out as well.
Q) I met the spend in the middle of the month, can I claim my MQMs sooner.
A) See point 1 above. No.
Q) I missed the spend by one day can Delta or AMEX “push” the MQMs sooner
A) See point 1 above. No.
Q) I don’t see the MQMs in my account what did I do wrong?
A) See point 3 above.
Q) Why do I have to claim them, in the past they just auto posted?
A) You don’t have to claim them, they will auto-post if you wait. Some want them sooner than later.
Q) Does the annual fee count toward my $30,000 in spend?
A) No. In fact, I suggest you overspend by about $500 each year just to be 100% safe!
Q) Do AMEX MQMs really count toward your million miler balance?
A) All MQMs are the same no matter what the source they come from.
Q) I am doing a Delta status challenge. Do AMEX MQMs count?
A) Officially no. However, most readers report yes. Again, all MQMs are the same.
Q) The MQMs have posted to my account and I am over (insert whatever status) but still show the lower status and I should be higher now. Why?
A) It takes 1-3 days to update. Also, you will NOT get the perks of the higher status until it updates on Delta.com. No, reps cannot manually do anything about this. You may be able to get a fee manually waived if you can show you are waiting for the status to upgrade.
Q) Is there a limit to how many MQMs you can get a year from AMEX?
A) No. If you have a wife and brother and mother all who want to gift you MQMs from their spend you could make Diamond without flying (and spend on your own cards as well).
There are the most common questions I tend to get when it comes to the yearly bonus MQMs offered from the Delta AMEX Reserve cards. Have I not covered any that you want to know about? Please ask in the comments section below – René
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