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

D elta Air Lines once again is offering for you to elevate your 2017 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 starting today through Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:59 in the evening Central Standard Time, as has been traditionally done in years past…

Elevate Your Status 2016

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…but Delta Air Lines will not allow me to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles — not that I would want to do so anyway — 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 three examples…

The daughter of FlyerTalk member jackplum received the lowest offer thus far in the discussion with the following amounts…

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $195.00
2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and six Medallion Qualification Segments = $495.00
5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and nine Medallion Qualification Segments = $695.00
7.500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 12 Medallion Qualification Segments = $895.00
10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,095.00

…and jackplum himself received this offer:

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $495.00
2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and six Medallion Qualification Segments = $795.00
5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and nine Medallion Qualification Segments = $995.00
7.500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 12 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,195.00
10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,395.00

FlyerTalk member gooselee — as well as other FlyerTalk members — received this offer:

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,595.00
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

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 2017 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 — Not That I Would Want To Anyway”

  1. Garrett says:

    I’m not allowed to either. My platinum is expiring this year, and going down to a big fat nuthin. I don’t think I would either, but I’m curious as to why I’m not allowed. Do they ever offer soft landings on status?

  2. Jim says:

    I don’t understand why you don’t think this is a good idea. There is a small chance that Delta won’t be able to sell any remaining upgrades to first class at the last minute for $29, and if they don’t, there is a chance you might score a free upgrade in exchange for your loyalty. It is a great program.

    Data point: I am a gold that has already qualified for silver next year and am about to re-qualify for gold. I got the $495 / 1000 miles offer.

    I’m in Boise. If I booked far enough in advance, I could fly from here to Seattle and back for $112 and earn 1,000 MQMs and 2 segments. The whole trip would take about 6.5 hours (door to door) and save me $383. I would have to value my time at more than $59 / hour for their offer to make sense. Unfortunately the company I work for does not agree with that valuation. (This assumes that I don’t need the MQDs).

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      In the article, I wrote that “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.”

      You have demonstrated that the sum of the benefits you will receive in return exceed your investment — and I am sincerely glad that worked out for you, Jim.

      Besides, Delta Air Lines would not offer this promotion every year if there was little to no response; so there are people who do benefit from it…

      …but there are other people — including myself — who would not benefit from this offer due to different circumstances.

      1. Mike says:

        Seems to me it’s more likely Delta keeps offering this program because they keep turning a nice profit on it.

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          You are absolutely correct, Mike.

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