Delta selling up to 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles through December 15, 2011

Through December 15, Delta is giving SkyMiles members the opportunity to purchase up to 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles. You can purchase MQMs at the following costs:

2,500 MQMs for $295
5,000 MQMs for $495
7,500 MQMs for $695
10,000 MQMs for $895

Since Delta offers rollover miles, these MQMs could even count towards status for next year if you’ve already requalified and can’t reach a higher status tier.

I give Delta a lot of credit for this, and am surprised more airlines don’t offer a similar “published” buy-up offer. The price is high enough so that you can’t cry foul that they’re diluting elite tiers by “giving away” miles. At the same time this benefits Delta a lot more than someone paying (probably less) to fly without a purpose.

The price definitely isn’t cheap so if you have the time to take a trip that would almost certainly be a better deal. But if you have more money than time, this offer is worth considering.


  1. Continental has had a similar program for a couple of years. You do have to purchase an actual flight. Having done that, you have an option to double or triple (purchase 1x or 2x in addition to the flight miles) your RDM miles. Once you select to buy RDMs, you then have the option (at a higher price) to upgrade the RDMs to EQM. They post right away, at which time you can cancel your flight.

    So … If you’re 600 miles short of your goal, find a 600 mile flight somewhere and play the game. No need to buy 1000.

    The program runs year round. Prices for EQM (including the base RDM purchase) have been about .075 cent per mile. As year end approaches (and folks start sweating), the price goes up. Last offer I had was .13cpm.

  2. US Airways has a similar program that allows you to buy either the miles or segments you need. I’ve seen emails about it in the past, but none yet this year.

    Miles Segments Cost
    1 – 1,999 1 – 2 $249
    2,000 – 4,999 3 – 6 $399
    5,000 – 9,999 7 – 11 $579
    10,000 – 14,999 12 – 18 $789
    15,000 – 24,999 19 – 29 $989
    25,000 – 49,999 30 – 59 $1,499
    50,000 – 74,999 60 – 89 $2,499
    75,000 – 99,999 90 – 119 $2,999
    100,000 120 $3,999

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