Delta Airlines is adding a spend requirement to its SkyMiles Medallion Program for U.S. resident frequent flyers. The newly announced Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) Program will take effect in 2014. Travelers will be required to meet both the mileage or segment requirement and spend a minimum dollar amount on tickets during the year in order to attain elite status for 2015.
The new plan requires Medallion status to be earned in the following way:
- 25,000 MQMs* or 30 MQSs** achieves Silver Medallion status.
- 50,000 MQMs or 60 MQSs achieves Gold Medallion status.
- 75,000 MQMs or 100 MQSs achieves Platinum Medallion status.
- 125,000 MQMs or 140 MQSs achieves Diamond Medallion status.
Travelers with a U.S. Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express will have the new MQDs requirement waived each year they make $25,000 in eligible purchases using their card.
Although the program has been received with mixed reviews, Delta is the only airline that offers program benefits such as unlimited complimentary domestic upgrades, including award tickets and no mileage expiration.
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*MQM: Medallion Qualification Miles
**MQS: Medallion Qualification Segments