Elevate Your SkyMiles Medallion Elite Level Status 2019 With Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines once again is offering for you to elevate your 2019 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 28, 2019 at 11:59 in the evening Central Standard Time, as has been traditionally done in years past…

Elevate Your SkyMiles Medallion Elite Level Status 2019 With Delta Air Lines

…but once again, 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 — but for the first time this year, the maximum limit of how many Medallion Qualification Miles you can purchase has increased from 10,000 to 12,500; and Medallion Qualification Dollars are now included in the cost. Here are three examples…

FlyerTalk member Adelphos received the lowest offer thus far in the discussion with the following amounts…

Medallion Qualification Miles 
Medallion Qualification Segments 
Medallion Qualification Dollars 
Cost in Dollars
1,000 3 $599.00 $599.00
2,500 6 $799.00 $799.00
5,000 9 $999.00 $999.00
7,500 12 $1,199.00 $1,199.00
10,000 15 $1,399.00 $1,399.00
12,500 18 $1,599.00 $1,599.00

…and FlyerTalk member WWads received this offer in the discussion with the following amounts…

Medallion Qualification Miles 
Medallion Qualification Segments 
Medallion Qualification Dollars 
Cost in Dollars
1,000 3 $999.00 $999.00
2,500 6 $1,299.00 $1,299.00
5,000 9 $1,399.00 $1,399.00
7,500 12 $1,599.00 $1,599.00
10,000 15 $1,899.00 $1,899.00
12,500 18 $1,999.00 $1,999.00

…while FlyerTalk member manacit received what is the most expensive offer at the time this article was written:

Medallion Qualification Miles 
Medallion Qualification Segments 
Medallion Qualification Dollars 
Cost in Dollars
1,000 3 $2,399.00 $2,399.00
2,500 6 $2,799.00 $2,799.00
5,000 9 $2,999.00 $2,999.00
7,500 12 $3,199.00 $3,199.00
10,000 15 $3,299.00 $3,299.00
12,500 18 $3,399.00 $3,399.00

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 12,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 18 Medallion Qualification Segments for posting to your own SkyMiles account for the 2019 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 2019. Dollars spent on the purchase of a bundle will be deposited toward your 2019 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 12,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 18 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 — including those of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program — 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 2019 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 ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

One thought on “Elevate Your SkyMiles Medallion Elite Level Status 2019 With Delta Air Lines”

  1. Donald Osborne says:

    Just booked a flight from the East Coast to Shanghai for a bit over $600. That’s over 15,000 MQMs. Will spend a couple of days to see the sights and enjoy some tasty seafood cheap. Even after all my expenses for the holiday, that’s cheaper than just buying MQMs.

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