Buy Delta MQMs For 2015 SkyMiles Status

It’s no secret that loyalty programs are huge businesses in and of themselves. With the end of the year upon us, many frequent flyers are scrambling to rack up those last few thousand elite qualifying miles towards next year’s status.

It should come as no surprise that airlines will often gladly sell you those last few thousand elite qualifying miles for a steep cost. Transactions don’t get much more “profitable” than outright selling elite qualifying miles, given that they can’t actually be redeemed for anything.

American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles have already introduced programs by which you can buy up to 15,000 elite qualifying miles for this year.

Delta SkyMiles has now published a similar promotion:

BUY MQMS. EARN MQDS.

Still hoping to reach Diamond, Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion® status for 2015? Good news—now through December 31, 2014, you can buy between 2,500 and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) that will post to your 2014 MQM balance and apply toward your 2015 status.

Even better, dollars spent toward purchasing MQMs will also be credited as Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs – U.S.-based members only), which will be posted to your 2014 MQD balance and will also apply toward your 2015 status.

Want to learn what it means to travel for an entire year with Medallion status? Discover the benefits.

MQMs and MQDs will post to your SkyMiles® account within 24 hours of purchase.

And don’t forget:

  • MQMs purchased will be deposited to your 2014 MQM balance
  • MQMs purchased through this offer are non-refundable
  • Dollars spent toward MQM purchase will apply to your 2014 MQD balance
  • The maximum MQMs that may be purchased for one SkyMiles account for the 2015 Medallion year is 10,000

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How much is Delta charging for MQMs? For one of the eligible accounts I have access to, they’re charging the following:

  • $1,025 for 2,500 MQMs
  • $1,325 for 5,000 MQMs
  • $1,775 for 7,500 MQMs
  • $2,095 for 10,000 MQMs

Damn! In some cases over 40 cents per MQM?! But I guess that’s perfectly justifiable, since they’re generously also giving you Medallion Qualifying Dollars for your purchase. 😉

For more information, refer to the terms & conditions, and FAQs.

Bottom line

Really Delta should just make status exclusively based on revenue and put a “tip jar” on the website that lets you buy up to the next elite tier. It would probably be cheaper.

In all honesty, as I’ve said in the past, it’s almost always a better deal to just take a last minute trip if you’re short of status. If that’s absolutely not an option then it could still make sense to buy up to the next status level, crazy as these prices are.

Comments

  1. Interesting to see the price differences. I am not buying these at all but I checked the prices and as a Gold Medallion I got the following:

    $725 for 2,500 MQMs
    $925 for 5,000 MQMs
    $1,125 for 7,500 MQMs
    $1,325 for 10,000 MQMs

  2. @ Neil S. — That’s the pessimistic way of looking at it. I’d rather look at it as a 30K head start on next year’s status.

  3. Fair enough. Truth is, the routes I fly – and some strategy about flight times – get me upgrades as a Plat more often than not. Definitely not worth 2K for the head start.

  4. Now that’s a rip..I am Platinum but I got the same price point as Lucky…not at a lower price like Neil S. posted….I wonder why

  5. I’m 4100 short and am willing to take a flight and back to generate them between now and the end of the year. Is there a website somewhere where I can search the least expensive Delta fare to “nowhere”? If not, what is the easiest way to find the least expensive flight to anywhere?

    Thanks, CGC

  6. I’m at 21K MQM and $1300 MQD… so $1325 = 5000 would requalify me for silver. But silver isn’t worth $1325 to me. But I’m not even allowed to do that if I wanted to: my targeted offer is 5000 for $825…. which wouldn’t be enough MQD.

    Stupid Delta and their stupid fight with KE have driven me away to other airlines.

  7. I’m at 20K MQMs and my offer is:

    $625 for 2,500 MQMs
    $825 for 5,000 MQMs
    $1,025 for 7,500 MQMs
    $1,225 for 10,000 MQMs

    I’ll hit silver this weekend

  8. Thanks Polk. I’ll check it out. Also, where are you guys seeing your pricing offer? I logged in and have been all over but couldn’t see it. Nor have I received an email from DAL.

  9. As of today, I’m 434 MQM’s short of Platinum status. I wish there was a way to just buy these miles, rather than the 2,500 minimum.

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