Yesterday I posted what I post just about every year on the 1st of January, that is, how to become Delta Medallion MQD spend exempt and have been very busy accomplishing my tests and will update the results as data comes in. I am confident in all the different choices but there is a reason I am trying before I can tell you with certainty that all is well as it has been for years and years.
But on to a question I have already received many tweets, e-mails and more about just when will Delta rollover MQMs happen (or why has it not happened yet)? First off, everyone:
Take a deep breath!
Rollover for years and years takes a little while. Some years it hits everyone at once (or almost everyone) while other years it rolls out to Diamonds first and then down the list. Each year is a little bit different. To be specific what I have seen rollover happen (on or about):
- 2016 on January 12th
- 2015 on January 13th
- 2014 on January 14th
- 2013 on January 2nd
- 2012 on January 8th
Now having said that there are a myriad of exceptions to this but these dates are a guide for what to expect for this year and every year. But what if (insert 100 issues here) happens. Well it may mean you, unlike the bulk of frequent flyers, have an issue that could delay you.
So if this is me should I stress out? Maybe and most of the time if you did not, by default, get your rollover MQMs it is likely your fault in some way (but not always). This could mean you missed something and are not going to get your rollover MQMs. Like what? Maybe you did not have posted spend (minus annual fee paid and returns) that meant your were not AMEX MQD exempt in time and thus your MQM total matters not. Or, maybe you thought you had rights to MQM rollover but due to a gifted status you did not reach a level high enough to earn rollover. There can be many other reasons why.
Bottom line is until the last week (or even days) of the month you don’t need to stress out as it may be, for whatever reason, that yours is taking longer. Now if you are reading this past about the 21st of January then it may be time to contact Delta and see what is wrong if you are in fact eligible for rollover and have not yet seen them hit your account. If this is you e-mail me and I can one-on-one give you some ideas.
Next topic that always seems to confuse is Choice Benefits. Even seasoned flyers get this wrong year after year. I will try to make this simple, but you need to understand the timeline of your status.
- You get only a choice per medallion year
- If you are Diamond you get the Platinum and the Diamond choice
- For the past medallion year 31JAN is the choice deadline
I will try to make this simple. Say last year, that is 2016, you earned Diamond Medallion status. You did not really earn it for 2016 but earned it “in” 2016. The status you earned was 2017 Medallion year. That means you earned the 2017 Choice Benefit choice. No more no less. Again please don’t make this hard. This means you have until 31JAN – 2018 – to make your Choice Benefit selection.
So those who need to worry about 31JAN this year are those who in 2015 earned the 2016 Medallion status that is set to end in a few short weeks.
Now that you have this clear in your head the logic of either waiting or not waiting to select your choice. Let’s take upgrade certificates. Once you select them, as of that date, they expire in 1 year. The T&C say you have to fly them by the expiration date. So in this case, if you don’t need them, wait until you must select them to have as long as possible.
Now the opposite situation. If you gift someone Silver or Gold Medallion status from your 2016 Medallion choice, they will ONLY have status until 1FEB17 (yes, about one month). If you gift someone status from your 2017 Medallion choice, they will have status until 1FEB18. If with your with rollover MQMs and earn MQD exempt via spend or have huge MQD spend already this year and earn 2018 status after the 1st of February and gift them your 2018 choice they will have status until 1FEB19.
Bottom line is understanding Delta elite math can be confusing but it should not be. Rollover will happen likely soon and as long as you understand what Medallion year you are selecting your benefits for you can make a wise choice.
Questions on any of this? Fire away! – René
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