We are, as of today, literally two weeks from the END of the 2016 Medallion year. That is, two weeks from tonight at 23:59 (if any flight actually departs at that time anywhere in the world) the very last scheduled flight will earn you elite points for this year. Two weeks plus 1 day from now we are earning elite points for the 2018 medallion qualifying year. Scary when you think about it right? Well that brings up something a reader, Harry Z commented on the blog under the “Banks & Travel Cards” page and said in part:
“René [ I ] wanted to take a moment to thank you for the advice on getting last minute MQMs for 2016. Per your suggestion on Dec 7th I added a Delta AMEX Reserve card, got it in 2 days and immediately made an online purchase. Happy to say that today (Dec 14th) I saw 10K MQMs added to my account. I will earn 2017 Diamond somewhere tonight over Brazil as I return home from Buenos Aires.” – Harry Z
Well, Harry just a HUGE congrats for reaching Diamond. Having been a Delta Diamond now for years, and looking to be Diamond for at least two more years going forward, you will love it. All 80,000 amazing professionals at Delta truly respect those who reach the pinnacle of Delta medallion status.
But there are several bits from Harry’s comment I want you to really pay attention to. He mentions that on the 7th he went for a Delta AMEX Reserve card. He then got the card quickly (you can after approval call and request a rush btw if needed). He then made a single purchase ASAP and when it posted a few days later he received his new card bonus MQMs of 10,000 elite MQMs points on the 14th. That is, it took from application to bonus points, about one week. Not to say this is the way it will always work – but a solid data point nonetheless.
That means that if you have been an uber procrastinator and now are short of your MQM totals you have precious few days left over before it will be too late for this year. Well, that is not entirely true because if you keep waiting Delta will all the way until mid February sell you MQMs but I have a sinking feeling if they are even offered to you they will cost you just a little more than the $450 non-waived Delta AMEX Reserve card fee. 😉
Is there yet one more choice? Maybe but have you priced tickets inside 14 days? Yeah, they are not cheap. I hate to tell you even reaching out to my amazing friend ADAM to find you a 5,10 or 20K elite Mileage Run at this point may cost almost as much as buying MQMs from Delta (but I still suggest you give them a try either way). Bottom line is a mileage run is still an option but will not be cheap. Consider the AMEX card first and quickly if you need the points.
For me, if I were in your boat, the 21st or 22nd would be the day I would consider it too late to apply for a new card and have any hope to make it happen this year. Are you short of your goals at this late date? You can remain anonymous but vote in our poll – René