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One of the positive aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can earn quite a few miles towards elite status through credit card spend. This opportunity has been available on Delta’s Platinum and Reserve Cards, which are their premium cards with annual fees of $195 and $450, respectively.
Historically you can earn up to 20,000 MQMs per year with the Delta Platinum Cards, and up to 30,000 MQMs per year with the Delta Reserve Cards. Many card members are reporting that they’ve just received offers to earn up to 50% more MQMs through Delta Amex spend this year.
Specifically, for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, members can historically earn:
- 10,000 bonus MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles after spending $25,000 in a year
- An additional 10,000 bonus MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles after spending $50,000 in a year
Then this year some members can earn an additional 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles after spending $75,000 in a year, for a total of up to 30,000 MQMs and 30,000 bonus miles.
For the Delta Reserve Credit Card, members can historically earn:
- 15,000 bonus MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles after spending $30,000 in a year
- An additional 15,000 bonus MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles after spending $60,000 in a year
Then this year some members can earn an additional 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles after spending $90,000 in a year, for a total of up to 45,000 MQMs and 45,000 bonus miles.
Here’s what the terms say regarding this offer:
This special offer is exclusive to 2018 and may be discontinued in subsequent calendar years at American Express and Delta’s sole discretion.
There’s no guarantee the promotion will return, though it’s written in a way that suggests that this may become a permanent feature.
The terms don’t mention anything about this promotion being targeted, though the only way to know about it is if you’ve been emailed, so I suspect this may be targeted (I’m working on getting clarification). Furthermore, it seems like this is only available on the personal versions of the cards, and not the business versions.
Some find it to be worthwhile to spend money on a Delta co-branded credit card to earn status, while others feel like it’s not worth it, since there are so many cards that offer more valuable points.
This past year one big benefit was taken away from co-branded Delta cards. Previously spending $25,000 on the card in a calendar year would earn you a waiver of the MQD (Medallion Qualifying Dollars) requirement for status. While that’s still the case for Silver, Gold, and Platinum members, Diamond members need to now spend $250,000 to get that waiver.
So if someone is going to spend $250,000 to get that waiver, it’s nice that they’ve added these thresholds. At the same time, if you’re not going to spend $250,000 and are going for Diamond then it’s less worthwhile than ever before to earn extra MQMs, since you’ll still have to spend the full $15,000 required to earn Diamond status.
Speaking of Delta Amex Cards, keep in mind that through April 11, 2018, four popular Delta Amex products are offering increased sign-up bonuses, which are a great way to pick up Delta miles:
- The Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card are each offering 50,000 SkyMiles after spending $2,000 within three months, plus 10,000 additional SkyMiles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; the cards have $95 annual fees, which are waived for the first year
- The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card are each offering 70,000 SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $3,000 within three months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; the cards have a $195 annual fee
I’m guessing that big spend on Delta Amex cards may be down this year due to the changes they made to the MQD requirement for Diamond members, so they’re seeing if this increases engagement. As of now it appears like this promotion may be targeted, though hopefully this is expanded into a permanent feature.
(Tip of the hat to Gaurav)