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Welcome to a weekly feature on the Delta Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
It is hard to put into one post everything about Delta Medallion status. I have several posts about the different levels and rookie info about what it takes to reach each level. But there always seem to be many more basic questions that always come up.
So today I will knock out the ones I seem to get each week so we can have a reference point to go to with the most common ones and if I miss a few you can add them in the comments below (and I thank you for asking btw). Let’s get started!
Q) It is (insert whatever month it is right now). Will I only have my status until the end of this year?
A) No. Think of it this way. The remainder of the current year is a freebie. You have earned your status for the next calendar year. The only curve ball now is MQDs (Medallion Qualifying Dollars) added to this mix starting 01JAN2014. Then, you may have say enough MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) for GOLD Medallion but only enough MQDs for SILVER Medallion so until you reach the MQD goal as well you will not bump up to the next level for the current year or the next one either for that matter.
Q) Speaking of MQDs what if I do not meet the spend for the next level up? What if I fly 76,000 MQMs but my Delta MQD tracker says I only spent $4000 with Delta?
A) You are a Silver medallion for the next year. It really is that simple. You only met ½ of the requirement for Platinum, that is 75,000 MQMs but did not reach $7,500 in MQD spend. So, you are at the lowest of the two common denominators that is Silver in this case.
Q) OK what about rollover MQMs. Same situation as above. Will I rollover 51,000 MQMs or just 25,000?
A) Per Delta.com and MQD facts it says with MQDs the rollover rules have not changed as talked about on Friday so you rollover 51,000. But again as a warning if you do not spend at least enough MQDs to make Silver Medallion, in 2015 the MQMs are simply lost. Your only other choice is to be exempt via AMEX spending that is spending $25,000 on a personal Delta AMEX or a Business Delta AMEX or a combination of the two linked to your Skymiles account. Also, this does fully exempt you so once you have this, it is only the MQMs that matter on the chart. Clear?
Q) When does my status expire?
A) This is one of the most fun ones to explain. From the above we know when you earn it. Your status ends, not on 31DEC for whatever year you earned it and fly it, but on 01MARCH each year. Just to make this as clear as possible, say you made it to Platinum on 01NOV2013. You would have your status in 2014. The status would end on 01MARCH2015.
Q) What about my SPG Platinum Status that gives me pseudo-medallion status with Delta? When does it end?
A) SPG is nice enough to align it’s expiration dates the same as Delta so see above.
Q) Are MQMs ever spendable on anything at all with Delta or just for status?
A) Just for status. You can never ever spend your MQMs for anything at all.
Q)When do I get to pick my Choice Benefits?
A) As soon as you are Platinum and then also when you get your Diamond status. You must understand, you are in your “freebie” year for status so the Choice Benefit is officially for the year you fly your status. So you do NOT get a gift say in 2013 and again in 2014.
Q) When is the date I must pick my Choice Benefits by before they expire?
A) If you looked a the rookie Choice Benefits post linked above, basically remember 01MARCH each year. Now again, this can be confusing. Lets’ go back to this: you made it to Platinum on 01NOV2013. You would have your status in 2014. The status would end on 01MARCH2015. You would have to pick the Choice Benefit by 01MARCH2015. Some things it is smart to wait as they expire a year after issue. Others, like gifting status, expires on the same day as your status. So, say you wait until 01FEB2015 to gift someone status. They would just get one month to enjoy it.
Q) I am Silver Medallion with Delta. If I buy a ticket or a Skymiles ticket for my brother/sister/friend will they get to enjoy my perks?
A) No. Now you will more than likely be able to log or tweet or call Delta, since you have status and are doing the purchase, and pick exit row seats for them but if there is a schedule change or equipment swap these seats may not stick. They will NOT get your free bag etc. Now if you are Platinum Medallion and buy a Skymiles ticket for someone else, until 72hrs before flight, you can change all you want free as well as cancel and get your miles back. Same goes for DELTA AMEX cards. Unless you are flying with them, they get neither your medallion perks or the AMEX perks either.
Q) Just what items will count towards MQD exemptions spending in 2014?
A) We do not know yet. All we have to guide us is what AMEX counts right now as qualifying spend. The wording says many things DO NOT COUNT but we know they do. Will it be the same for MQD exemption spending? My guess is yes as it should be a function of what AMEX reports to Delta is OK spending but by the first few weeks of FEB2014 we will know for sure.
I think I could go on all day with these but I am sure your eyes are glossing over already. Some of this now is much more clear. If not, please ask away in the comments on the blog so others can benefit from your questions and answers too. Have I missed any more? Please ask away! – René
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