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There are only 10 days left in the elite qualifying year and I know people are starting to get desperate judging by the number of frantic, “How do I get X amount of Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles, cheaply and easily before the near year starts?!?!” emails I’ve received.

The cheapest way to get up to 10,000 MQMs is by getting the Delta Reserve Amex which gives 10,000 MQMs with your first purchase. As long as you get the card and make that purchase in 2011, the MQMs will count towards 2011, so I would recommend applying sooner than later so you aren’t biting your nails waiting for the card to arrive before December 31 (which is a Saturday).

The annual fee is $450, but that also gives you SkyClub membership (which is normally $450), a free domestic companion ticket, enhanced upgrade priority for Medallions and more. Each calendar year, you can get 15,000 MQMs if you hit $30,000 in spend and an additional 15,000 if you hit $60,000.

Note: If you already have the Delta Platinum card and want to upgrade to Reserve, you will only get the difference in sign-up bonuses (so 5,000 MQMs).

The Delta Platinum Amex gives 5,000 MQMs on first purchase, also comes with a companion pass and is only $150 per year. Each calendar year, you can get 10,000 MQMs if you hit $25,000 in spend and an additional 10,000 if you hit $50,000.

Generous Delta MQM credit cards

If you don’t/can’t get a Delta MQM credit card, Delta just extended their Buy MQM program which will let you straight out buy the needed elite miles that you need. The deadline for these purchases is now 11:59 PM CST on December 30, 2011.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.24%-25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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