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Earn More MQMs and Bonus Delta Miles Through Credit Card Spend (Targeted)

March 27, 2018
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Earn More MQMs and Bonus Delta Miles Through Credit Card Spend (Targeted)
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Delta and American Express are targeting some holders of their co-branded cards with an opportunity to earn additional MQMs toward status. Traditionally, cardholders of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express can earn bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) after meeting thresholds up to $50,000 or $60,000, respectively. However, with these targeted offers, select cardholders can earn even more MQMs and bonus miles after reaching an additional spending threshold. These offers are subject to change at anytime.

One TPG reader, a cardholder of the Platinum Delta Amex, wrote in that he was targeted to earn an additional 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles after spending $75,000. The card typically offers bonus MQM and mileage earning, but only for a maximum of 20,000 MQMs and 20,000 bonus miles. With this offer, however, Amex and Delta are offering a total of 30,000 MQMs and 30,000 bonus miles.

Not only are Platinum Delta Amex cardholders being targeted for bonus MQMs and bonus miles, but also those who hold the Delta Reserve Card. The card normally earns cardholders 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles after spending $30,000 in a calendar year, and another 15,000 of each after spending $60,000. However, those who were targeted for the promotion can earn an additional 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles after spending $90,000 — a grand total of 45,000 MQMs and 45,000 bonus miles.

For those who were targeted, the promotion has already been added to your card — there's no need to register. The terms and conditions state that this offer is just for 2018 and may be discontinued at any time.

Back in September 2017, Delta announced that it was going to increase the co-branded card spend needed to meet the Diamond Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) waiver from $25,000 to $250,000. So, presumably, flyers have been less willing to put spend on their co-brand Delta Amex cards with the goal of working toward status. While these bonus miles and MQM offers are nice, you'll still need to put a significant amount of money on your card in order to meet the MQD requirement — that is, if you don't spend the money directly with Delta.

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The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $1,000 in the first three months. In addition, you can earn a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months. There's an annual fee of $195.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

1 - 10X points
10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

80,000 bonus points
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Annual Fee

$550

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more