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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.
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.