Buy Delta Elite Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) Until December 31

by on November 15, 2012 · 17 comments

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Now through December 31, 2012Delta is selling Medallion Qualifying Miles. You may buy up to 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) that will post to your 2012 MQM balance and apply toward 2013 Medallion status (2012 qualification) and should post to your SkyMiles account within 24 hours.

The prices for the MQM’s are:
2,500 MQMs for $395
5,000 MQMs for $595
7,500 MQMs for $795
10,000 MQMs for $995
Keep in mind that:
  • MQMs purchased through this Buy MQMs offer are non-refundable.
  • MQMs purchased will be deposited to the member’s 2012 MQM balance – so no getting ahead on 2013.
  • If applicable, Million Miler status and Medallion status will be updated within 24 hours of MQM purchase.
  • The MQMs are not redeemable and only count towards Medallion status and Million Miler status.
  • All transactions are processed in U.S. Dollars.
  • All the terms and conditions of the SkyMiles program apply.

It looks like Delta raised each of the rates by $100 compared to last year’s prices. Personally, I won’t be buying any MQMs as there are cheaper ways to get them than buying them outright since the lowest rate with this sale is 9.95 cents per MQM – not a great value at all.

For instance, a much cheaper way to get MQMs is to get the Delta Reserve card which gives 10,000 MQMs with your first purchase, 15,000 MQMs after $30,000 in spend, and another 15,000 MQMs after $60,000 in spend. The annual fee is $450, already beating the sale price here, plus the card confers  a bunch of benefits on cardholders like SkyClub access, priority boarding, free checked bags, enhanced upgrade priority and a free domestic first class companion ticket. Plus, if you ever decide that the card isn’t right for you, you can downgrade to another Amex card and get the annual fee prorated.

As always, be sure to do the math. If you think your elite status will offset the cost of purchasing these MQMs and you’re in a desperate situation where you don’t have time to earn them or do a quick mileage run for cheaper, it’s something to consider, though if you have the time, a mileage run is probably a better option.

Also keep in mind that Delta is currently giving 1,500 MQMs if you sign up for SkyClub membership by December 31, 2012. However, that’s not very cheap either since membership starts at $450 for non-elites (and is as low as $300 for Platinum/Diamond Medallions). You could use your $200 Amex Platinum airline rebate to offset that cost, but it’s still likely more expensive than just buying a mileage run ticket.

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  • Mileage Update

    Almost too late to get the Delta CC for MQMs. But I guess if you miscalculated or couldnt get a trip in there buy the MQMs directly might make sense. But at those prices its almost worth finding a travel destination and working a getaway in there to requalify.

  • JC

    As a second year Diamond (MQM’s earned from actually FLYING the airline), it really makes me mad that someone willing to spend money and open credit cards will get the same benefits that I do from actually being loyal to the airline. Take a hint, Delta, skymiles is getting passed by and they continue to devalue its benefits.

  • kimpossibble

    Do these purchased MQMs not rollover then? I feel like that wasn’t the case last year.

  • thepointsguy

    All mqms rollover

  • Tal-ee Roberts

    While I partly agree with you (the devalued part) – I think the reason that these are so expensive are to deter people from just spending money to get medallion status. In addition, I consider having the delta cc to be part of my loyalty to delta – they make money and I get a service – why does that count less than actually FLYING?

    It seems to me that this is just a nice benefit for people who don’t have time for a milage run (which is a waste of fuel, time, etc) but need a few MQM’s to maintain status. If I was a couple thousand miles short of Plat (and god forbid – drop to gold), and didn’t feel like a flying anymore than I had to – I’d appreciate the fact I could maintain status with a small purchase of miles.

  • Heather @ passthedressing

    I need to pull the trigger soon on the Delta CC. I thought I would go with the Reserve but now am thinking Platinum. Re: your paragraph about downgrading and prorated annual fee. How quickly can a downgrade take effect? Would it look super shady (aka am I am going to get shut down or have MQMs taken away) if I get the Reserve, wait for my MQMs to post, and then downgrade to Platinum (or worse yet Gold)?

    Thanks for your advice.

  • Luvs2Fly

    I currently have the Delta Platinum Amex card which (I think) earned some number of MQMs when I signed up and likewise gives 10,000 MQMs when you reach an annual spend of $25k. If I now upgrade to the Reserve Amex, will I be eligible for the 10,000 MQMs after my first purchase?
    Thanks for all your great advice, PG!

  • Marlene

    I upgraded earlier this year to the Reserve and got the 10k MQMs – good luck!

  • Alisa

    I am booked solid through the end of this year for travel, and, due to living in Texas for most of the year, a decidedly non-Delta friendly place, did not rack up much in the way of MQMs. So, I am 7600 short of my current Platinum (incl my balance of year travel) and back living in Atlanta… call me spoiled, but even the not-so-great rate makes it worth it to grab these, too (I already have the AMEX Reserve best card EVER imho). Last year I was in a similar boat but only 1200 MQMs short so I grabbed 2500 then and my balance definitely rolled over.
    I can also recommend Global Entry, now that it is tied to TSA Pre-Check, for what that is worth. The time & hassle it has saved me are hard to quantify. Happy travels, everyone!

  • Huge

    Marlene (or anyone) – How long did/does it take for your MQMs to post? More specifically, what’s the latest I could apply for an upgrade to the Plat or Reserve card (I already have the Delta Gold Amex) in order to get the MQMs count in 2012? Thanks for any advice (even if it’s a guess)

  • Douglas Forrest Bendinger

    Do you think Delta will do another “miles” transfer with bonuses like they did last year?

  • TallyHo

    Has anyone bought MQM’s with AMEX PLATINUM and had some of the fee covered by the favorite airline reimbursement plan ?

    I came off the road this year and need 8000 miles for gold this next year.

  • Flyer

    Is Reserve that much better than platinum that it is worth the extra $300?

  • baxterboy12

    will the 10K MQM’s from the Delta Reserve count towards a Delta status match challenge? I am Gold with American and need 8K MQM by March 1 to get Silver on Delta. I’d rather get the Reserve than do a mileage run.

  • Jon Kim

    I bought 5000 MQMs last December. And for 2012 I only used $50 of my airline credit. So I just called Amex and asked if any of the $595 fee for the 5000 MQMs I purchased would be credited using my airline credit and the CSR processed the charge and told me my remaining $150 of airline credit would be issued towards my MQM purchase and I would see the credit in 5 days. So, it worked out very well for me since I was able to use up my $200 airline credit for 2012 and start with another $200 for 2013.

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