Do you want to jump up a Delta Medallion status level before 2019 ends? Many of us have been there. But how can it be done in such a short amount of time?
Greg Tiber asked us via Twitter this question:
@RenesPoints is it realistic to get 25K MQMs before the end of the year? This would only get me gold, so I’m not sure if it would be worth the $$
— Greg Tiber (@TiberGreg) November 18, 2019
The answer I gave him — and will expound on here — is YES. (Though “realistic” might be a subjective term 🙂 )
25,000 MQM is 100% possible depending on your schedule, budget, Delta Amex credit cards, or some combination thereof without buying MQM from Delta.
First Things First
Decide if your upcoming travel habits necessitate a status jump. If your travel plans (personal and/or business) have you on Delta planes as much as or more than this year, then I say yes. Otherwise, maybe not.
Keep in mind status is valid for the year you reach it and a bit into the following year. Say for example you attain Gold Medallion in March 2020; you’ll be Gold from then through January 31, 2022.
Also, make sure your MQDs are in order for whatever status you wish to attain.
But if you’re game, let’s figure out how to score you 25,000 MQM in a big hurry!
Take a Mileage Run. Or Two. Or Three. Or…
We post mileage runs when we find them. You’ll probably yield the best results from business class runs on Delta’s partner airlines. They incur MQM bonuses, travel long distances, and you’re in business class (or sometimes premium economy), which makes the trip a little more enjoyable. This JFK to Sydney monster earned over 36,000 MQM.
But we’ve seen some good Delta Premium Selection runs, too. $1275 scored almost 21,000 MQM for a Toronto to Tokyo run. A couple of hundred more bucks eclipsed earned 21,127 MQM for an Orlando-Tokyo trip.
Coachwise, a number of Los Angeles-area to London coach runs were quite affordable (cheaper than many domestic trips, in fact). A couple of those gets you very close to 25,000 MQM.
The best deals might not be from your home airport. You might have to fly a positioning trip to and from wherever your mileage run begins and ends. (Read our post about positioning trips.)
All that said: DO NOT WAIT AROUND AND HOPE WE FIND A GOOD DEAL PERFECT FOR YOU. There are people whose jobs are literally to find mileage runs tailored to your needs, wants, and desires. René and I highly recommend the outstanding mileage run professionals at Juicy Miles. We personally know and trust members of their staff.
Yes, they charge a fee — but you’ll quite likely come out more ahead than if you spent time trying to find your own run that wouldn’t come close to the great results Juicy Miles can get you.
Get a Delta American Express Card(s) You Don’t Already Carry
Four Delta American Express cards include MQM as part of their welcome bonuses:
- Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express (10,000 MQM)
- Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express (10,000 MQM)
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express (5,000 MQM)
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express (5,000 MQM)
Remember that each Delta Amex is a separate product. You can hold all four simultaneously (I currently do) and reach each of their welcome bonuses once during your lifetime. So if you have the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card but not the Reserve, apply for the Delta Reserve Credit Card. (Or vice versa, though a 5,000 MQM mileage run might be faster.)
Keep in mind your Social Security Number should work just fine to get you a business credit card. Maybe you have a side hustle like babysitting, selling stuff on eBay, driving Uber or Lyft — you get the point.
Your Best Bet
Personally, if you haven’t had a Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express or Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express, get one (or the business flavor). That right there is 10,000 MQM. Then fly your way to 15,000 more MQM. Again, that’s a business class run on a partner airline or a great deal on Delta Premium Select.
Does this all sound like a lot of time and money? It pretty much can be this late in the game. Airlines know people are desperate to hit the next level status this time of year. That combined with holidays create some pretty hefty airfares.
But with the right resources (like Juicy Miles), desire, and investment, it may very well be worth it for you.
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