In May we learned Delta will, this coming fall, MASSIVELY change the way your companion is treated when traveling with you on the same reservation. They will, in effect, become elite-lite when with you, that is, a no status SkyMiles person could basically become Diamond Medallion in terms of upgrades and this is HUGE. This truly is a massive positive change for the Medallion program.
This also means reaching the top elite level with Delta is so important for many folks. It also shows how immensely valuable the MQM bonus from the current increased Delta AMEX Platinum cards offer is that ENDS in two days:
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express <—LINK
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express <—LINK
But for me I also hold the Delta AMEX Reserve card (the business Delta AMEX Reserve card in my case). I showed you all how it took me about two weeks, when really pushing it, to meet the first spend goal to be MQD exempt. But Then I got a bunch of new travel cards and had to shift my spending around a bit. Now, I have completed the second goal, that is, spending $60,000 for the year and thus I had the chance to either keep or gift the second 15.000 bonus MQMs.
How to do this is really simple. First, I met the spend needed. Next, I saw the 15,000 SkyMiles post to my account and that is the key trigger to know your MQMs are ready to be spent or harvested. Now you can have and hold BOTH the personal and the business Delta AMEX Reserve cards so you have to choose on Delta.com what card you are harvesting points from (see E18 posts). A key point is it is ONLY the MQMs you can share not the SkyMiles as you get those.
Then, as you can see from the opening screen shot, I got a confirmation that in my case I had successfully gifted my MQMs to a very close friend of mine. Shortly thereafter I also got an e-mail confirming this had been accomplished and the points were in the correct account.
Other bits to know, both with the Delta Reserve card. If you apply for a new card the new card bonus MQMs can NOT be sent to anyone other than the SkyMiles number used on the application. Only the bonus MQMs can be sent to others or kept. Now with the Delta Platinum card you do NOT have the ability to send the points to anyone when you reach the $25,000 and $50,000 spend goals. With the latter card it automatically goes to the SkyMiles member number used on the application.
Either way I am thrilled the amazing chances holding Delta AMEX cards gives us to not only be MQD exempt all the way up to the very top level of Diamond Medallion but also the shot at earning so many elite points in this way! – Rene