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René and I field tons of mileage run requests — especially this time of year.

It’s like we’re Mileage Run Wedding DJs or something. 😉

While taking an MQM run to the other side of the world might be fun (I’m a fan), there is another way to pocket MQM without paying insane prices to buy miles from Delta:

Get a personal Delta Reserve or business Delta Reserve credit card. You’re 10,000 MQM richer after meeting the minimum spend ($5,000 on the personal; $3,000 for the business) within three months of being approved.

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card 

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card 

Two Other Options

If you absolutely do not want to get a Delta Amex but need to load up on MQM, you have a couple of different options — and one of them involves flying. A lot.

Buy MQM From Delta

Please don’t do this.

I know people who did — only to discover they could have earned more MQM for far less money just from meeting the personal Delta Reserve or business Delta Reserve credit card‘s minimum required spend to reach the welcome bonus.

They weren’t happy with their MQM purchase.

Let’s take a look at some of the numbers from last year:

Purchase MQM from Delta Air Lines for these outrageous prices.

To reach or maintain Diamond Medallion status, people short of MQM or MQD could pay $3299 for 10,000 MQM.

Gross.

Or they could just apply for the business Delta Reserve credit card — which carries a $450 annual fee until January 30, 2020 — and receive 10,000 MQM after spending $3000 during the first 90 days of approval.

If you have $3000 in purchases to make between now the end of January, getting the credit card is a much more economically smart move.

Plus, you enjoy the Delta Reserve card perks such as:

Mileage Runs

You can also take one (or more) of the mileage runs we post — especially the partner trips which yield nice chunks of MQM and MQD.

Remember that we find mileage runs when we can — whereas the mileage run team at Juicy MIles actually creates them. Drop them a line and see how they can help you!

Meeting Minimum Spend

It’s the holiday season. Many of us are going to spend money.

Meeting welcome bonus minimum spend requirements is generally easier this time of year than others. (For better or worse.)

We wrote a post a few months ago about ways to reach minimum spend.

Need to pay rent or another expense that normally requires a check? Consider Plastiq for a couple of payments. There is a service fee — but it’s better than donating thousands to Delta for an MQM purchase.

Remember to use cashback portals (DO$H and Rakuten are a couple of favorites for in-store purchase cash back) to save money while racking up points and miles!

— Chris

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card 

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card 

 

Other Delta Amex Topics We’ve Covered This Month

Now is a fantastic opportunity to apply for Delta Amexes because many have great welcome bonuses — and you can lock in a year at their current annual fees. OFFERS EXPIRED

We’ve covered several related topics during the past several weeks including:

 

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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