Just like I previous wrote about American AAdvantage, now Delta Air Lines has opened the option to buy back, respectively elevate your SkyMiles status for the coming 2020 membership year.
Targeted members can purchase or upgrade their desired status at prices Delta let’s you pay in either cash or miles, though the price in miles is rather poor value as they (AA) assign a value of $0.01 per mile which is very very low.
The way it works with Delta Skymiles is that you essentially purchase credits to supplement the gap that currently exists between your account balance and the status requirements.
- The dollar amount you spend on MQMs and MQSs will then be credited to your 2019 MQDs balance and will apply towards your 2020 Status.
- Any MQMs purchased that exceed the amount needed to achieve Medallion Status for 2020 will roll over and count towards your 2021 Status.
- MQMs, MQSs and MQDs will post to your SkyMiles account within 24 hours of purchase.
- Keep in mind: MQMs, MQSs and MQDs purchased through this offer are non-refundable.
This graphic outlines how the process is:
Not every member is eligible though to purchase an upgrade to the next status. I only have a basic status account with Delta Sky Miles and wasn’t presented with any offer.
As per the website the eligibility requirements are as follows:
If you are a Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion Member, you are eligible for Elevate Your Status unless you received complimentary Status for a Tier above the Tier you earned Status for.
- Example: If you were given complimentary Gold Medallion Status, but earned Silver Medallion Status through the published requirements, you are not eligible for Elevate Your Status.
If you are a General SkyMiles Member, you must be within range to reach Silver Medallion Status by purchasing the maximum bundle of MQMs, MQSs and MQDs, in order to be eligible.
- Example: If you have 12,000 MQMs, you will not be eligible because the maximum amount of MQMs that can be earned through Elevate Your Status to reach Silver Medallion Status is 12,500 and the MQMs requirement for Silver Medallion Status is 25,000.
If you are a Diamond Medallion Member, you are not eligible, because you have already reached the top Tier of Medallion Status.
It could make sense to partake in this offer if you know for sure that you’ll fly Delta a lot over the next year then the return of investment in terms of bonus miles and cleared upgrades would be worth it. But not for the occasional flight. Generally speaking the best value would be to buy top tier status (Diamond Medallion).
The big three programs (AAdvantage, Mileage Plus & SkyMiles) have had these campaigns in place for a couple years now and their offers range from sometimes reasonable to absolutely ridiculous.
There are a few aspects to these renewal offers that I always highlighted as deciding factors because with the implementation of minimum annual spend it could be well worthwhile to just “pay up” instead of making expensive mileage runs that are also time consuming. Depending on how much you value your time, making unnecessary trips just to extend status could be a deal breaker.
Post your offers below and readers can compare!
These are the Terms & Conditions for this status upgrade option:
Agreement made between Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”) and the SkyMiles Member (“Member”) in connection with the Member’s desire to participate in the Delta SkyMiles Elevate Your Status Program. Delta, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to approve the Member’s participation in the Delta SkyMiles Program.
Pursuant to this Agreement and the order form for Elevate Your Status, the Member desires to buy a bundle of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs — U.S. based only) for posting to the Member’s account, and the purchasing Member acknowledges that they will be charged certain fees for such a transaction, as set forth herein on this website. Fees assessed for the bundle purchased under the Elevate Your Status Program are non-refundable and will count toward MQD balance.
The purchase and use of these bundles are subject to the terms and conditions of the SkyMiles Membership Guide. To review the rules, see Membership Guide & Program Rules opens in a new window. Offers void where prohibited by law. Additional restrictions may apply. Delta is solely responsible for the redemption and fulfillment of MQMs, MQSs and MQDs.
The sale, barter, gift or assignment of MQMs, MQSs, MQDs, mileage awards or other benefits, other than by Delta, is expressly prohibited.
Please allow 24 hours for the MQMs, MQSs and MQDs purchased under the Elevate Your Status Program to be posted to a SkyMiles account. Purchased MQMs and MQSs through the Elevate Your Status program will only be deposited toward a Member’s 2019 balance. Dollars spent on purchase of a bundle will be deposited toward a Member’s 2019 MQD balance.
The Elevate Your Status program is a limited time offer and will be available through 11:59PM CST February 29, 2020.
The Member’s acceptance of the terms of this Agreement authorizes Delta to charge the credit card that such Member provides under the Elevate Your Status Program for the amount stated, based on the bundle purchased by such Member. In the event of any MQM/MQS/MQD or financial discrepancy, the payment calculations under this Agreement shall be based upon data contained in Delta’s records, and the data in Delta’s records shall take precedence over the data in any other records.
Any MQMs/MQSs purchased or MQDs credited through this agreement may not be conveyed to persons engaged in the sale, direct or indirect, of flight MQMs or arranging for the sale of such MQMs, MQSs or MQDs. Any improper usage of MQMs/MQSs/MQDs pursuant to this Agreement and the Elevate Your Status Program, or any other misuse of MQMs/MQSs/MQDs, shall be grounds for immediate confiscation and forfeit of such MQMs/MQSs/MQDs, including the adjustment of Medallion Status and may be grounds for the forfeiture of all MQMs/MQSs/MQDs in the Member’s account and the Member’s ejection from the SkyMiles program.
Elevate Your Status bundles may only be received into SkyMiles accounts that have been established for at least 10 days and have earned at least one mile since enrolling in the SkyMiles program. This Program may not be available in all markets or geographic areas. Member must purchase the minimum transaction amount of 1,000 MQMs and 3 MQSs per transaction. Purchased MQMs/MQSs and credited MQDs will count toward qualifications for SkyMiles Medallion and Million Miler Status and will not count toward a Member’s available mileage balance.
If you are a Gold or Silver Medallion Member or an eligible General SkyMiles Member, you may not purchase more than 12,500 MQMs and 18 MQSs for your SkyMiles account for the 2020 Medallion Year. If you are a Platinum Medallion Member, you may not purchase more than 25,000 MQMs and 36 MQSs for your SkyMiles account for the 2020 Medallion Year. Purchased MQMs/MQSs and credited MQDs cannot be gifted or transferred between accounts.
All amounts paid by the Member for the purchase of MQMs and MQSs as well as credit of MQDs is pursuant to this Agreement or as otherwise set forth on the Elevate Your Status purchase pages. MQM/MQS purchases and MQD credits are in U.S. dollars.
The Member shall comply with all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations with respect to this Agreement and the purchase of MQMs/MQSs/credit of MQDs under the Elevate Your Status Program.
By submitting the order form to purchase a bundle, or by allowing the credit card number provided to be charged for the purchase of MQMs/MQSs/MQDs under the Elevate Your Status program, the Member acknowledges and signifies his or her agreement with the terms and conditions stated.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Member and Delta with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements or understandings, if any, whether written or oral, relating to such subject matter.
Delta Air Lines retains the right to remove purchased MQMs/MQSs and credited MQDs if payment is not received by Delta.
MQMs purchased through the Elevate Your Status Program may count as Rollover MQMs. MQDs do not roll over. Any MQMs earned above your Medallion qualification level at the end of the year will automatically roll over to your MQM balance for Status qualification the following year. Rollover MQMs are a Medallion Benefit only. Members who do not achieve any Tier of earned Medallion Status through the published requirements are ineligible for rollover MQMs.
Members that qualify for Rollover MQMs must also earn the minimum amount of MQDs needed to qualify for Medallion Status.
All Elevate Your Status transactions are final. Once a transaction is complete the MQMs/MQSs/MQDs will not be reversed under any circumstance.
Personal information provided in this application will be used by Delta Air Lines for the purpose of managing the Elevate Your Status promotion and the SkyMiles program which are necessary for your participation in this program.
Offer is valid for one SkyMiles account; merged SkyMiles accounts of Gold Medallion Members, Silver Medallion members or General SkyMiles Members cannot exceed a maximum of 12,500 MQMs and 18 MQSs. Merged SkyMiles accounts of Platinum Medallion Members cannot exceed a maximum of 25,000 MQMs and 36 MQSs
If applicable, Medallion Status and Million Miler™ Status will be updated within 24 hours of purchasing an Elevate Your Status bundle.
The MQD requirement for Medallion Status applies to Members with a primary residence in the United States (50 states and the District of Columbia) only.
Prices subject to change at any time without notice.
The prices for purchasing MQMs/MQSs align with the benefits of each Medallion Tier. The price one pays for a bundle toward Silver Medallion Status in 2020 will be different than the price to reach Gold Medallion Status in 2020, and so on. Two Members who are currently at the same Status Tier for their 2019 Status may be qualifying toward different Status Tiers for 2020, so they may see different prices.