Yesterday we learned that rollover MQMs had indeed begun for the year and Delta, as you can see from a shot inside my Fly Delta App, backdated them to the 1st of January. This matters because if you still are waiting you need not worry because Delta does tell you it can take till the end of the month for all to see them post. It also matters if you decide to donate bat crazy money to Delta to buy your status if you, for whatever reason, ended up short for the year and really want a higher status level (you have until February 28, 2019).
But one thing has yet to update at ALL for 2019 and we are now over a week into the year and that is any kind of spending on your co-branded Delta Amex cards. <-Link to get cards.
When I look at either my or my wife’s Delta Amex cards on the Amex site they normally show my SkyMiles current balance. There seems to be some kind of communication issue currently as these totals are not displaying and that could be a reason we are not seeing the spend totals update on Delta.com.
Why does any of this matter at all? One of the most important reasons is upgrades. We all should know, no matter what our Medallion status, that $25,000 in qualifying spend across all our Delta Amex cards is what is needed to improve our chances at an upgrade (no, Diamonds, it is not 1/4 million for you for this part of the elite upgrade game). Thus, if Amex and Delta are not talking, our upgrade chanced could be impacted by poor commutation between these two partners.
Last year, at the beginning of the year, my card spend updated every few days. Then something strange happened and for about 6 months my spend bar never moved. Then, low and behold during the very end of December, it suddenly jumped to the correct spend level. Very odd.
Anyway, this post is not about answers as I do not have any yet. I am patiently waiting as the rest of you for my Delta Amex spend to update. Even checking the “raw” Delta data numbers link my numbers all show ZERO for 2019 spend (but does show my rollover MQMs).
So readers if you have your spend totals update over then next few days / weeks I would appreciate an update via a comment below. Thank you! – René