Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?

by on August 31, 2014 · 4 comments

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TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask:

@thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?”

Airline Elite status matches and challenges are a great way to leverage your current status and quickly earn similar status on another airline without having to start from the bottom of the ladder.

TPG reader Matt is on a Delta Platinum Challenge and wants to know if the MQMs earned from the Delta Reserve American Express card will count for the challenge requirements. Unfortunately, the answer is no. You’ll have to fly. Airlines in general aren’t going to let you use credit card spending to meet challenge requirements.

Credit card MQM's won't count for the Delta Platinum challenge, you have to fly. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Credit card MQM’s won’t count for the Delta Platinum challenge, you have to fly. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock)

Even once you hit a status challenge level, you don’t automatically get that many elite qualifying miles at that level. Your elite qualifying level points, miles or segments remain where they are; the status challenge just elevates you to a certain level, and you have to earn that status if you want to keep it.

Often the airline credit card elite qualifying miles won’t help you in the first year; it’s only when you want to re-qualify for the next year that they come into play.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at [email protected]

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  • Leemor

    I called Delta a couple of days before applying for the credit card and the representative told me that the MQMs would count towards the challenge.

  • Matthew Ender

    I just had the 15K bonus MQM’s post to my account, but I don’t see any way to determine if they count toward the challenge — did yours post yet? Any way to check my status on the challenge?

  • rococo

    I started my Delta Platinum status match in Aug, then grabbed the AMEX Reserve card. I hadn’t spoken with anyone at delta abou it, and I was planning to hit the status requirements with BIS MQM, but Delta’ confirmed by 2015 Status on the basis of the Reserve Card bonus and two trans-atlantic R/T flights … seems they ARE counting the Reserve card bonus MQM at least …

  • rococo

    first apply for challenge … you get an email when you challenge starts…
    then you get an email from delta with each challenge level you “earn” S/G/P

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