We are today on the 4th day of the new Delta Medallion year – that is, while earning elite points or MQMs starts on 00:01 on 1JAN each year the actual Medallion year itself runs from 1FEB-31JAN each year. A little confusing but allows time in January for rollover and all sorts of issues with earnings and AMEX MQMs to catch up.
Well, on January 1st I showed you, and tested, how you too who hold the Delta AMEX Reserve card either personal or business can spend your way to Delta MQD exemption by hitting $25,000 on the card(s). It took me just 7 days this year after taking 13 days the year before. Not that I am saying you should do the same just proving it can be done. Plus, there are perks of reaching this number sooner in the year as compared to later as now spending at least 25k on any of the Delta co-Branded Gold, Platinum or Reserve personal or business cards will result in more upgrades for Medallions since it now is one of the tiebreakers to score an upgrade. Nice!
I have, over the past month, not just spent the required 25k but much more. So much so that I have already reached the first 30k spend level on my Delta AMEX Business Reserve card that I could now harvest 15,000 bonus MQMs and I decided to give them to a friend (see the Essential Tab E18 posts on how to do this) since I already this year with rollover have well over 150,000 MQMs. Yes, I know I am a nice friend.
Oh, and don’t forget, in addition to the bonus MQMs I also got 15,000 Delta SkyMiles (the MQMs you decide who gets them, you or a friend, but the SkyMiles auto dump into your SkyMiles account). With the Delta Pay with Miles (PWM) program I can spend these at a minimum of 1 cent each so another $150+ in value from holding my Reserve card. I will get all of the above again next month once I cross the 60k spend threshold for the card.
What to take from this. So many gripe about the large $450 annual fee the Delta AMEX Reserve card comes with. If this is you – you don’t get it. I get $300+ in value back each year for reaching my 60k spend year after year. To me I am only net spending $150 to hold the card and for all the amazing perks this card gives me, including many more upgrades, I will and DO pay this fee gladly year after year after year.
Are we learning yet? – René