The other day I had a post asking readers to vote on where they are that is where they feel their MQMs and elite totals with Delta are. These numbers are truly stunning to me:
- Only 60% of respondents are where they want to be.
- Sadly 20% are giving up on Delta next year.
- Yikes about 20% are short of where they need to be!
Considering today is the 21st of December the bottom group had better act fast (like now) as your chance to get bonus MQMs from either the personal or business Delta Reserve cards is just about over.
But that is now, today’s post is about next year as I, like the 60% above, am just where I want to be. In fact I will be rolling over more MQMs than planned but that is just fine. But the totals in the above shot are not mine! They are from a very good and trusted Delta elite friend (let’s call him Bob). Each year he flies Delta a ton and, clearly, spends a huge sum of money with Delta and this is just what Delta wants: big spenders and loyal weekly flyers. But notice one massive issue with Bob’s totals.
- Bob is $316 MQDs short of Diamond Medallion status.
Think about this – this VERY loyal flyer who currently has “double diamond” that is twice the amount of elite points or MQMs to qualify as Diamond would only be Platinum with Delta if not for spending over $25,000 on a Delta co-branded credit card (or a number of them personal and business). Again, this is not someone who spends a great deal of time booking flights on “other” airlines and the massive 121 segments flown bears this out.
The other reason we should start planning NOW is that now being MQD exempt – that is, spending 25k on Delta cards means more upgrades so this is another in the long list of tie breakers. Clearly being a top elite matters most. But then you can walk down the list to see if you have checked the boxes to improve your ever more slender chances to score the 1st class seat we all want.
Let’s talk more about planning. I know a bunch of you in the 60% group above are planning on rolling over a big chunk of MQMs. Often this is a very smart move. Clearly Bob will be rolling over Diamond so as soon as he gets his MQD exempt spending done he will be Diamond all of 2017 as well as all of 2018. He will get to choose his 2018 Choice Benefits whenever he wants to after 1FEB2017 (but he will NOT get another choice in 2018 fyi). The same will apply to me and I will harvest my Diamond choice ASAP as I need more GU certs.
But let’s get back on topic using the above. If you are willing to work hard early on in 2017, either with booked flights, a Delta AMEX Platinum and or Reserve card (if you have never had them) as well as a few elite Mileage Runs, you too could rather quickly lock up your status for 2017 and all of 2018. Nice right? This is the possible wisdom of large rollover totals.
Lastly, how do we accomplish these goals. First off start thinking about when you could take a few mileage runs in January and February. I will be working on posting some next week to help you get started. Also, get ready for spending on your Delta AMEX cards. I hit my 25k spend in 10 days last year just to prove it could be done. I may slow down a little this year and do it in 11 or 12 days since I will be in SXM the first few days of the year 😉 Either way I will be posting what works and what does not work. My feeling is all the old goodies will work just fine this year as well as long as you mix up all your spend totals. – René