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Gosh I hate today. I hate to see my MQM number reset. To start the work to qualify for Platinum Medallion again (The good news is Delta has EXTENDED the date to buy MQM’s counting toward 2012 until 31JAN2013). For me, I have booked a few paid for trips already, one in 1st due to a great price and I rolled over 40,000+ MQM’s from last year. I am already looking at what dates a mileage run could be built (a rookie post on the way tomorrow with a how-to guide). I have two 100k low level trips locked in to Sweden, but need a few more MQM’s from here and there.
One of the best ways that does not involve getting on a plane is with the Delta Platinum or Reserve AMEX cards. Personally I like and have the Reserve over the Platinum (hold 2 now, one personal and one business) as you can get the new card bonus for each of them if you have NOT had a Delta Gold or Platinum or Reserve card for the past 365 days. Same rule goes for both the personal and the business card. The 10,000 MQM’s to start, Skyclub access for me and 2 more, moving UP the upgrade list (a buy-one-get-one-free cert NEXT year, if I keep the card, in coach or business class in the continental USA) all make this worth the non-waived fee.
Also, we can then earn MQM’s from spending from both cards and both would dump into your own Skymiles account. Once you spend $30,000 in a calendar year (starting today), you can pick who you want to send the 15,000 bonus MQM’s to (the 15,000 bonus RDM’s automatically go to you – no choice). I will spend $60,000 on my business card again so I will get 30,000 MQM’s that way. I will work on $30,000 with bluebird on the personal card and hope to get 15,000 more MQM’s that way, but it will be hard with all the new card spend sure to be on the way this year with my 3 rounds at some point.
Think about this, if you have NO or some level of status today, as soon as you earn 25,000 MQM’s you will have your Silver Medallion status with Delta until FEB2015! 50,000 and you are GOLD till FEB2015. 75,000 and you are Platinum till FEB2015. 125,000 and you are Diamond till FEB2015. (the reason is you earn your status now for the 2014 Medallion year that ends in FEB of 2015). So if you did not make it to your desired medallion level, keep in mind you still have your current status till the end of FEB and with a few AMEX cards, a few trips and maybe some mileage runs, you could be right back up by the time March rolls around! – René
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