Saturday marks a couple of different occasions: February 29, as we’re in a Leap Year. It’s also the end of Delta’s Elevate Your Status promotion.
In case you’re not familiar, Elevate Your Status is annual sale giving Delta Medallion members the opportunity to purchase MQM, MQS, and MQD credit in order to boost their Medallion Qualification totals toward earning or maintaining a status level.
If you feel short last year of meeting the 2020 Medallion year requirements, you can still purchase the MQM, MQS, and MQD and they’ll apply retroactively.
But unless you absolutely, positively cannot live with your current status level, you’re better off concentrating on earning status for the rest of this year, which will roll over to 2021.
How Much Does It Cost?
Here was my offer:
Jeez. For that much money, I’m better off taking an MQD mileage run (or two) and securing status for the rest of this year and all of 2021. The money I spend will earn me way more MQM and MQD than my Delta donation. (Plus, I earn SkyMiles!)
Other Ways to Earn MQM and MQD
There are a few ways you can rack up a ton of MQM and MQD.
1. Go Somewhere!
If you really want to spend $5000, why not actually take a trip in business class?
A radical idea, I know. But a couple of good deals could you buy two separate business class trips.
Many Medallions don’t have problems acquiring MQM — it’s the MQD spend that can be hard.
We’ve written how Delta awards MQD credit for trips taken on partner airlines. We publish MQD runs (which also earn a ton of MQM and SkyMiles) whenever we can find them.
So consider something like this trip that earns $2081.40 for $6534 MQD and 24,690 MQM.
Now, math wasn’t exactly my strong suit in school. But I think that’s a much better deal than dropping $5000 for 25,000 MQM and $4,999. Use the other $3000-ish to position yourself to/from Vancouver (in business class, of course!).
Juicy Miles is a great travel company that creates MQD runs and takes care of all this rigamarole for you. Now that coronavirus has made China Eastern trips not worth the effort, contacting Juicy Miles for help getting a personalized trip created for you could really be worth it.
2. Delta Reserve Card MQM Welcome Bonus: 20,000 MQM
I’ll be 100% honest. Now that the annual fees increased on these cards, this option isn’t as attractive as it once was.
That being said, both of the refreshed Delta Reserve Amex cards offer massive MQM bonuses. Both offer 20,000 bonus MQM and 80,000 bonus SkyMiles after you spend $5,000 within the first three months of being approved. (And get 20,000 bonus SkyMiles when your second year of card membership starts.)
The cards each carry $550 annual fees.
The 80,000 bonus SkyMiles are worth at least $800 in Delta travel. Those can be used for Pay with Miles tickets which earn MQM — probably north of 5000 MQM with a little work.
So if you’re going to drop $5,000, you may as well spend it buying items you actually need while earning MQM — instead of just your money to Delta. (To be clear, these MQM won’t apply to last year.)
These offers expire April 1 and terms apply.
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