Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles Purchase Offer

Delta is repeating the offer they had in 2011 for selling up to 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM’s) that count towards the 2012 qualification in the Sky Miles program. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.


Note that these MQM’s that you buy are not award miles. They are used entirely to determine the 2013 status that you will have with Delta’s SkyMiles program.


If you are short of qualifying for Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status, it can make sense to purchase some MQM’s. Note that there is a separate offer for joining Delta’s Sky Club and earning 1,500 MQM’s through that purchase.

Right now, I am sitting at 67K MQM’s on Delta’s program for the year. None of these came from Delta flights. I could purchase the required MQM’s to hit the 75K Platinum level, but all I would get is the Economy Comfort on KL flights, if ticketed in economy, and one Choice benefit for hitting 75K level.

If I don’t buy the MQM’s, all the MQM’s over 50K would roll over to the 2013 and count towards 2014 requalification. The main benefit that I get from SkyMiles is the SkyTeam Elite Plus status for business class check in and lounge access on SkyTeam international flights ticketed in economy.


You have to make a decision whether it would make sense for you to buy some MQM’s under this offer if it allows you to hit higher status with Delta.

Had my priority been domestic upgrades on Delta, buying up to Platinum would have made sense.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Please allow 24 hours for the MQMs purchased under the Buy MQMs Program to be posted to a SkyMiles account. The Buy MQMs program is a limited-time offer and will be available 12:00 a.m. CST November 15, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. CST December 31, 2012. All Buy MQMs transactions are final and non-refundable.

Purchaser may not purchase more than 10,000 MQMs for posting to his or her own account during any one calendar year. Purchaser must purchase the minimum transaction amount per transaction of 2,500 MQMs. Purchased MQMs through the Buy MQMs program will only be deposited toward a member’s 2012 MQM balance. Purchased MQMs will count toward qualifications for SkyMiles Medallion and Million Miler status and will not count toward a member’s available mileage balance for Award Travel.

Buy MQMs may only be received into SkyMiles accounts that have been established for at least 10 days and have earned at least one automatically posted mile since enrolling in the SkyMiles program.

Medallion Complimentary Upgrades are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Complimentary Upgrades are not available in markets that are serviced with BusinessElite® product. Offers and benefits subject to change without notice.

Rollover benefit means Medallion Qualification Miles earned in 2012 above a member’s earned Medallion threshold level will roll over to 2013 and count toward 2014 Medallion status qualification.

Baggage fee waiver applies to up to 9 people traveling in the eligible member’s reservation. Excess, oversize, and/or overweight baggage fees may apply.

Economy Comfort seating is limited and may not be available on all flights. Economy Comfort seats are offered to a companion of Economy Comfort complimentary-eligible customers at no charge.

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