A bunch has changed now that we are into 2020 and even more so being past January 29th that was the cutoff date for charges to post under the old way of earning points for your Delta Amex Platinum and Reserve personal as well as the Delta Amex Platinum and Reserve business cards. With that I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on a bunch of bits that matter in the short term and going forward.
First up let me answer about 50 e-mails and Tweets about where our missing bonus SkyMiles are. For those unaware (were you living under a rock in January maybe) if you met the spend thresholds with posted charges to Amex between 1 January and 29 January 2020 you earned not just the bonus MQMs but also bonus SkyMiles. But for just about everyone only the bonus MQMs have posted. You may say: “Wait, I have not even got my MQMs yet“. This is why.
As we have had posted, for years now, in the Essentials Tab here on the blog (See E13) we have the steps to follow to harvest your MQMs. If you click on the featured image at the top of this post the email that you have reached your spend level is the notice for you that you are ready to use THIS LINK when logged into Delta.com to either keep them or send them to anyone you want with a SkyMiles account.
All you need to choose if you are claiming MQMs from your personal or business Reserve card(s) and yes you can hold BOTH and get bonus MQMs for both (side note: Delta Platinum card MQMs will auto-post to the card holder’s SkyMiles account after – normally 1-3 days after statement closes but sometimes 1-3 days after spend updates at Amex).
The MQMs will post almost instantly to your “My Delta” SkyMiles page. However, you may need to log out and log back in once to see them or have them update on your screen.
What has changed is that, in the past, even before we got the notice that we could go harvest our MQMs was that the 15,000 bonus SkyMiles posted to our Delta account. So where are the SkyMiles? Amex reps are saying wait 4-6 weeks (an irritating stock answer fyi). I don’t think we are going to have to wait that long; if you have harvested your MQMs you should see all the bonus SkyMiles by the end of February.
I finished my first 30k spend by January 19th and did not get the e-mail notice for MQM harvesting until the 31st. I finished my 60k spend on 29th and am still waiting for MQM e-mail number two and can not get the MQMs early — even though the spend is done.
I have also not received any bonus SkyMiles as of this date. I am not worried at all as it will sort out during this month.
What is new at the Amex site is the tracker you see above. They say it updates each day (it does – ish). However, they do not send over each day the updated totals to Delta. You can compare the Amex number with either the number at your “My Delta” page or by using the raw tacking numbers link when you are logged in to Delta.com. My experience is that it takes anywhere from 2-4 days for the Amex numbers to propagate over to Delta from Amex (maximum time under one week).
The above tracker also answers one big question many were asking (and I wanted to know as well): would we be able to earn two MQMs bonus offers for the January spend, then another 4 more when the new system began as of spend posting on 30 January forward?
Clearly the answer is we only get 4 total for 2020 and in the years to come.
Also, it is always good to review and remind ourselves about what cards and bonus deals we can get. Amex tells use we can get one bonus for each type of eligible card. The personal and business Delta Amex Platinum cards are different cards even though they look the same, that is, you can hold ONE of EACH and get the bonus for EACH ONE.
The same goes for the Reserve cards. You can not, however, hold multiples of the same card and get the bonus for two of the exact same card. Also, even though not talked about above, you can get unlimited MQMs gifted to you so if others in the family want to hold a personal or business Delta Amex Reserve card, they can reach the spend goals and send you the MQMs.
Will I be going for my third and fourth Amex MQM boosts this year?
I doubt it, but maybe.
Delta and Amex are PR blitzing the wiz-bang new opportunities to be what some call “faux Diamond” via card spend — that is you can reach Diamond without flying a single BIS or “butt in seat” mile with Delta.
The maybe for me is tied up with my consideration of going for 2 million miler to have lifetime / annual Gold Medallion status with Delta — because yes: Amex bonus MQMs, like all MQMs, count toward million miler status. By year-end, I will be at about 1.5MM and have to see if it is worth it to me to ramp up my spend to reach 2MM with my normal flying. I have to say Amex cutting the bonus SkyMiles out of the equation has really made the choice MUCH harder than it was before and maybe it is the same for you. – René
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