I almost chose to publish today’s post as a Rookie Wednesday post but many times those who most need to see the post skip over a post that has a rookie slant to it. So maybe a Monday focus post will be a better choice. First the basics.
When you have reached the $30,000 and as well as the $60,000 spend levels on your co-branded Delta Amex Reserve personal or business cards (#ProTip: not including annual fee), and your statement closes, you should see with no input from your end 15,000 Delta SkyMiles deposited into your account on Delta.com. You are the only one who gets these spendable points. When you see them hit your account, even before you get the email as shown at the top of this post from Delta, you are clear to harvest the MQMs or elite points.
The first step (see big arrows above) is to choose the card you want to claim the MQMs from i.e. a personal card or business card (#ProTip: You can hold BOTH and spend and earn bonus on each card). Then use the link on Delta.com, if you are really nice, you can choose to gift them to someone. Or, you can keep them for yourself! That is what I did this time around. But how long does it take for those points to post? Take a look:
The quick answer is just about instantly. All I did was log off and then log back in to my Delta.com account and the MQMs were posted! But is that it? Nope, there is more to this.
If the MQMs are enough to push you to the next medallion level (and you have the MQD waiver or enough MQDs for whatever level) don’t expect your elite status to update instantly as well. Under most circumstances it will take 1-2 days for all the Delta tech (i.e. fly Delta App etc.) to catch up. Yes this could mean you are still on the upgrade list under you old status for a day or two until the new info propagates throughout the Delta systems.
A few last bits for today. Many ask if Amex MQMs, either from you or gifted to you count towards your lifetime Delta million miler status. The answer is 100% yes! All Delta MQMs truly are created equal and it matters not where you get them – they all count toward your lifetime miles. Also, one more important #ProTip for today – why not call Amex RIGHT NOW and have them set your statement close date for the 1st of the month for your Delta Amex cards – it will make things simpler at year end each year.
Are you enjoying the elite and SkyMiles points perks each year from the Delta Amex Reserve card(s)? – Rene