Delta Air Lines Will Not Allow Me to Purchase Medallion Qualification Miles for 2018 — Not That I Would Want To Anyway

Delta Air Lines once again is offering for you to elevate your 2018 Medallion elite level status in the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program by giving you the opportunity to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles during the month of December through Thursday, February 15, 2018, as has been traditionally done in years past…

Delta Air Lines Will Not Allow Me to Purchase Medallion Qualification Miles for 2018 — Not That I Would Want To Anyway

…but Delta Air Lines once again will not allow me to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles — not that I would want to do so anyway — as I received a message that access was denied:

Access denied

Source: Delta Air Lines.

You don’t have permission to access “http://si.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/elevate-you-status-smt-silver.html?” on this server.

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How customer-friendly, Delta Air Lines. That was a worse response than last year

…so in order to find out just how much those Medallion Qualification Miles would cost, I resorted to viewing this discussion which was posted on FlyerTalk.

Different Offers to Different SkyMiles Members

As in the past, different offers exist for different SkyMiles members. Here are two examples…

FlyerTalk member DiamondInTheRough — and other FlyerTalk members — received this offer in the discussion with the following amounts…

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $795.00
2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and six Medallion Qualification Segments = $995.00
5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and nine Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,295.00
7,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 12 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,595.00
10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,895.00

FlyerTalk member PayItForward received this offer:

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,695.00
2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and six Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,195.00
5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and nine Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,495.00
7.500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 12 Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,795.00
10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,995.00

Eligibility Requirements

If you are a Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion SkyMiles Member, you are eligible for Elevate Your Status unless you received complimentary Status for a Tier above the Tier for which you have earned elite status. As an 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 Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and Medallion Qualification Dollars in order to be eligible. As an example, if you have 14,000 Medallion Qualification Miles, you will not be eligible because the maximum amount of Medallion Qualification Miles that can be earned through Elevate Your Status is 10,000 and the Medallion Qualification Miles 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.

Minimum and Maximum Transaction Amounts and Purchases

You must purchase the minimum transaction amount of 1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments per transaction, which will count toward qualifications for SkyMiles Medallion elite level status and Million Miler status; but they will not count toward your available SkyMiles mileage balance.

You may not purchase more than 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments for posting to your own SkyMiles account for the 2017 Medallion year. Purchased Medallion Qualification Miles and Medallion Qualification Segments and credited Medallion Qualification Dollars cannot be gifted or transferred between SkyMiles accounts.

Once your credit card is charged, fees assessed for the bundle purchased under the Elevate Your Status Program cannot be refunded and will count toward your balance of Medallion Qualification Dollars. Medallion Qualification Miles and Medallion Qualification Segments purchased through the Elevate Your Status program will only be deposited toward your balance for 2016. Dollars spent on the purchase of a bundle will be deposited toward your 2016 Medallion Qualification Dollar balance.

All Elevate Your Status transactions are final. Once a transaction is complete the Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and Medallion Qualification Dollars will not be reversed under any circumstance.

Medallion Qualification Miles purchased through the Elevate Your Status Program may count as rollover Medallion Qualification Miles. Medallion Qualification Dollars do not roll over. Any Medallion Qualification Miles earned in excess your Medallion elite qualification level at the end of the year will automatically roll over to your Medallion Qualification Mile balance for elite status level qualification the following year. Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles are a benefit only to SkyMiles members who have already earned Medallion elite level status.

Select Terms and Conditions

Please allow 24 hours for the Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and Medallion Qualification Dollars purchased under the Elevate Your Status Program to be posted to your SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program account. If applicable, Medallion elite level status and Million Miler status will be updated within 24 hours of purchasing an Elevate Your Status bundle.

Elevate Your Status bundles may only be received into SkyMiles accounts which have been established for at least ten days and have earned at least one SkyMile since enrollment in the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program.

Members that qualify for Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles must also earn the minimum amount of Medallion Qualification Dollars needed to qualify for Medallion elite level status.

This offer is valid for one SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program account; merged SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program accounts cannot exceed a maximum of 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments.

The Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement for Medallion elite level status applies only to SkyMiles members with a primary residence in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

Prices subject to change at any time without notice.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Summary

The purpose of this offer is to provide you with a way to elevate your elite level status towards reaching Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion elite level status for 2018 if you need a little help to push your account over the threshold to reach it.

Although premium benefits of Medallion elite level status — such as unlimited complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and waived baggage fees to name a few perks — are nice to have and can be rather useful while traveling, prices for Medallion Qualification Miles towards elite level status are already quite expensive. I would advise purchasing them only if you believe that the sum of the benefits you will receive in return exceed your investment — otherwise, I do not recommend participating in this offer.

Perhaps I am the only person who thinks that to charge those kinds of prices and yet not offer the opportunity to accelerate earning Medallion elite level status to everyone who is willing to pay them seems to border on arrogance by Delta Air Lines…

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

5 thoughts on “Delta Air Lines Will Not Allow Me to Purchase Medallion Qualification Miles for 2018 — Not That I Would Want To Anyway”

  1. Captain Obvious says:

    Are you this stupid? It’s a website error not a personal targeted decision to deny you the ability to purchase status

  2. Ryan says:

    Is it just me or is this the biggest landside ripoff in the history of the consumer marketplace ?

  3. Ok, I was curious, as I’m only 6,400 miles away from the next level… and I receive the same message as you. Of course, I look at the pricing and I could fly the miles for a good bit less.

  4. Jay says:

    Another example of a few bad people in a position of power making policies designed just to hurt their customers. If these policies really benefited the company it would not be so bad. But with the GIGANTIC profits they are already making, this does not help them long term. I don’t think these policies will even impact the bonuses of the top executives, so since top dogs don’t benefit and the company as a whole does not benefit, these policies seem to me to be made just to spite the customers. In my opinion, what feels to me to be very unethical is that they promote their FF program heavily to lure people in while at the same time thinking of as many obstacles as they can to curtail the FF member’s ability to enjoy the benefits of the FF program. This is why I feel these people are evil.

  5. Ryan says:

    Agree with Jay. What a bad situation when super greedy CEOs take over

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