This past weekend I (warned you) that your chance to donate money to Delta to climb the medallion elite ladder would be on the way soon – it is LIVE again for 2018 on Delta.com. This is nothing new as they have offered this in 2017 as well as 2016, and in 2015, and in 2014, and in 2013, and in 2012!.
Who can play? If you are a Diamond already, that is, you have qualified for Diamond now in 2018 for the 2019 year – Delta does not want your money at any price. Or, if you are someone who never flies Delta – they do not want your money either. But for the rest of us they are really playing with the numbers and you may even see different numbers depending on who you are (even within the same status level believe it or not). Take a look.
If you are a Silver Medallion (or going for Silver) it seems you are being offered to buy MQMs at 13 cents each or 30 cents each.
It seems if you are a Gold Medallion (or going for Gold) you are also going to pay the high side of the Silver folks offers at 14 cents or you are going to fork over much more at a ridiculously expensive 60 cents each – yuck!
Now you Platinum Medallions (or wanna be Platinums) are also going to have to pay a ton at 16 cents to 1 dollar each (but may get one for 14 depending on who you are).
Delta is saving the worst for the best of us. That is, those who are Diamond (or wish to be Diamond) will pay a staggering and horrid 27 cents to $2.40 EACH for your buy-up! This represents a 10% jump in prices from the bat crazy 2017 offer and almost a doubling from 2016 (think on that with all the “Delta enhancements” in the past two years Diamonds)!
First off allow me to thank so many kind @RenesPoints readers on twitter for the screen shots above (since I am DM for 2019 I can see nothing). You all are the BEST!
So Delta is welcoming our feedback – let’s give them some. 🙂 The prices, again, are clearly bat crazy. For me, if and when I take a mileage run, I like to see a coach run net me MQMs at under 4 cents per mile and in business class (because it is much nicer) at under 8 cents per mile. So Delta charging you 13 cents to (gulp) $2.40 is outrageous – but you do not have to fly to get them.
Clearly these kinds of crazy prices puts the Delta Reserve card personal or business new card welcome offer (after spend) into perspective as the non-waived $450 fee that gets you 10,000 MQMs will “ONLY” cost you 4.5 cents each to get them (and you get a bunch more perks for a year as well)! But the issue is no MQDs.
The WAY cheaper option, that is not blocked by Delta and anyone can play who wants to, is first flying out to New York (or Chicago for a few less points) and flying back and forth to Equador. Why? Well with Delta partners you earn MQDs based not on the ticket price but on a percentage of how far you fly and the fare class. The above run that is still live and even open the last weekend of the year should net you over 12,000 MQMs (about 8.5 CPM or cents per mile) and over $3200 in MQD credit (and a bunch of SkyMiles as well)! Compare that to what Delta is asking you to “pay to click”! (#ProTip – don’t want to fly to NYC or ORD – my friend Adam can help you book a run from your home airport)!
Plus, IMO, a mileage run can be a ton of fun. You get to see new places, have chances for “bumpertunities” that is, a shot at a bump from the airlines for cash (well, an AMEX gift card) and enjoy some time up in the air to end the year.
What do you think of this year’s Delta “elevate your status” offers? Did you get an offer different from any of the above? Are you giving up or dropping in status with Delta next year? Are you a “segment medallion” that sees value in these? Are you going to accept any of the offers above? Let us all know! – René
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