Delta’s $250k Gambit Off to a Rough Start? Check for Amex Spend MQM Offers

In October 2016, some Amex Delta Platinum cardholders were targeted with offers of an extra 10,000 Medallion Qualification Mile (MQM) boost and 10,000 bonus miles for reaching $75,000 in annual spend on the card.

Normally the card offers 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles each at reaching $25,000 and then $50,000 annual spend. Those targeted mostly reported having already reached $50,000 and then not using the card further.

I did not receive a similar offer in 2017 despite repeat spend patterns stopping at $50k, nor did I hear of others receiving this offer.

Egging You on to $250k

New in 2018 for the 2019 status year is a 10x increase in credit card spend required to earn a Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) waiver for Diamond status.

$25,000 annual spend on a Delta credit card still earns the waiver for Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Diamond now requires $250,000. In comparison, United does not offer any credit card spend waiver for its 1K status.

Things may not be going too well, because the offer has been trotted out in March. Personally, my wife and I have not spent a dollar any of our 4 cards. We may spend $25k, each, by year-end for a Platinum MQD waiver.

Many (all?) Amex Delta Platinum and Reserve personal cards have been given a 2018 offer via email. None (yet) for business cards.

  • Platinum personal cards spend $75,000 calendar year 2018 to receive an extra 10,000 Medallion Qualification Mile (MQM) boost and 10,000 bonus miles.
  • Reserve personal cards spend $90,000 calendar year 2018 to receive an extra 15,000 Medallion Qualification Mile (MQM) boost and 15,000 bonus miles.

Amex Delta Platinum 75k 2018If Tempted, Take Note

If you are looking for ways to generate this level of spend, take note that 2018 is a fluid situation. Purchases of gift cards and from certain merchants are not counting for MQD waiver, however are currently counting for everyday spend miles earning and MQM/bonus mile boosts. This can change at any time.

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TIM GRABLE
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I signed up for the bonus but have no intention of using it. Instead of giving all of our business to Delta this year to keep our Diamond status, we have decided to be happy with Platinum and fly non stop on Southwest whenever possible.