Qualify for Medallion® Status

ACHIEVING MEDALLION STATUS.  

 

As a SkyMiles Member, you earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs), Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), and Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) when traveling on Delta and with most airline partners. Every time you fly, you get closer to Medallion Status and a new, elite travel experience.  


Here’s how to reach 2017 Medallion Status through a combination of miles or segments flown and your annual spending in 2016.


For more information on Medallion Benefits, visit SkyMiles Medallion Benefits.

EARNING MEDALLION STATUS

  • Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs): earned based on distance flown.
  • Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs): earned based on segments flown.
  • Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs – U.S.-based members only): measure your annual spending on Delta flights and on most partner flights.

MQD Waiver: The MQDs requirement for the qualification year will be waived if you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases in 2016 with your Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. That spending is tracked everywhere you see your MQDs.

MEDALLION QUALIFICATION LEVELS

Here's how to reach Medallion Status through a combination of Miles or segments flown and your annual spending from January 1 to December 31.

Fly the minimum MQMs or MQSs and spend the minimum MQDs:

To reach

SILVER

you will need

25,000 MQMs
or
30 MQSs

and

$3,000
MQDs

To reach

GOLD

you will need

50,000 MQMs
or
60 MQSs

and

$6,000
MQDs

To reach

PLATINUM

you will need

75,000 MQMs
or
100 MQSs

and

$9,000
MQDs

To reach

DIAMOND

you will need

125,000 MQMs
or
140 MQSs

and

$15,000
MQDs

MQD Waiver: The MQDs requirement for the qualification year will be waived if you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases in that year with your Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

 

ROLLOVER MQMs

MQMs accrued above your earned Medallion Tier roll over to the next qualification year. Learn more.


MILES VS. MQMs     

Miles earned toward Award Travel and other redemptions differ from Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs). MQMs are used to determine Medallion status and are based on distance flown and other factors. Miles, which never expire, are earned based on ticket price and your SkyMiles status.


STAYING ON TRACK

MQMs, MQSs and MQDs are earned by the member who is flying (whose name and SkyMiles number are listed on the ticket) regardless of who purchased the flight. To track your MQMs, MQSs and MQDs and climb to status, log in and view them on our homepage in your My Delta information, visit the My SkyMiles page or view them in the Fly Delta app.

Terms & Conditions

Medallion Qualification Miles: Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) earned through flight activity are calculated based on distance flown and fare class purchased on Delta, Delta Connection®, Delta Shuttle®, and select airline partners. MQMs may also be earned through activity with other select SkyMiles partners.
Medallion Qualification Segments:
Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) are earned through flight activity on Delta, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, and select airline partners. All paid fare classes eligible to earn MQMs count toward MQSs.
Medallion Qualification Dollars:
Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) are the sum total of the SkyMiles member’s spend on Delta-marketed flights (flight numbers that include the “DL” airline code), inclusive of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges, but exclusive of government-imposed taxes and fees. MQDs also include select partner airline flights and select exception fares. The MQDs you will earn when traveling on select partner marketed flights not ticketed through Delta (i.e. the ticket number does not start with “006”) as well as when traveling on “exception fares” (such as consolidator, cruise, vacation packages, inclusive tour and other tickets) will be equal to one-fifth of the base miles and Class Bonus miles (when applicable) earned on the itinerary.
Base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges for travel marketed by Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 partner airlines and ticketed through a Delta channel (featuring a ticket number beginning with “006”) will also be included in MQDs. For travel ticketed and marketed by Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 partner airlines MQDs will be equal to one-fifth of the base miles and Class Bonus miles (when applicable) earned on the itinerary.
Certain tickets, including but not limited to bulk, consolidator, cruise, vacation packages, inclusive tour and other tickets where the fare is not disclosed, will also count toward MQDs excluding bookings made through priceline.com or hotwire.com where the carrier is not disclosed prior to purchase. A portion of the airfare for some Delta Vacations packages will earn MQDs based on fare class and distance flown. Award, free, barter, pass travel and other tickets not eligible for mileage accrual will not earn MQDs. Pay with Miles tickets eligible for mileage accrual will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining and paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.
For purposes of mileage or MQD credit, “distance flown” means the calculated distance between origin and destination, as determined by Delta in its sole discretion, regardless of the actual distance traveled on any individual flight.
First Class, Delta Comfort+ and Preferred Seats purchases and paid Premium class upgrades, made through a Delta channel (including delta.com, Fly Delta mobile app, Delta Reservations, Delta kiosks, and select Delta airport locations) are included in MQDs . If a Delta Comfort+, paid Premium class upgrade or Preferred Seat is purchased at the airport in Amsterdam (AMS), or Paris (CDG) for a Delta-operated flight, the member will not earn miles or MQDs . If a member purchases a Delta Comfort+, paid Premium class upgrade or Preferred Seat and Delta is not able to accommodate the member in that seat or a similar seat, the member’s purchase will be refunded and no MQDs will be awarded. If a customer voluntarily changes his/her flight or seat selection once purchased, a refund for the original seat purchase will not be provided and no MQDs will be awarded. MQDs will not be awarded for complimentary access to Premium cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Preferred Seats. MQDs may only be earned by the member traveling whose name and SkyMiles number is included in the reservation.
All other ancillary purchases or fees including but not limited to checked baggage fees, Priority Boarding, Delta Sky Club® memberships, Wi-Fi passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, in-flight entertainment, unaccompanied minor fees, pet travel fees, Mileage Booster™ or mileage purchases, ticket change fees, Direct Ticketing Charge (DTC), same-day confirmed or standby fees, Administrative Service Charge (ASC), and External Reissue Charge (ERC), do not count toward earning MQDs.
Your spending on flights with Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 partner airlines that are ticketed through a Delta channel (the ticket number will begin with “006”) count toward MQDs as well as certain specialty tickets such as bulk, consolidator or other vacation packages. For more about what counts, what doesn’t, and how it is calculated, see the Full FAQs.
Residency:
 Country of residence is determined by the primary address in the member’s SkyMiles account at the time of qualification for Medallion status. Documentation may be required for some types of address changes. Please see the SkyMiles Membership Guide & Program Rules for more information and a list of acceptable documentation. Delta reserves the right to audit an account at any time for residency requirements, request further supporting documentation and update the address for any member's SkyMiles account using the National Change of Address (NCOA) data filed by relocating postal customers, but shall have no obligation to do so. Accounts found in violation are subject to penalty, up to and including termination of Medallion status and closure of the SkyMiles account.
Other Terms and Conditions:
Qualification requirements for Medallion status will not be prorated or reduced in situations where an account is open for less than the full calendar year. Travel is identified by those itineraries that include a member’s name and SkyMiles account number attached to the reservation. Award, Pay with Miles, free, barter, pass travel and other tickets not eligible for mileage accrual will not earn Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs), Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or credit for Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). Delta reserves the right to modify these requirements at any time without prior notice. All Delta SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules.
*Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) Waiver:
 If the Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) threshold is not met for a Qualification Year, you can still qualify for Medallion status if you have earned the required Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and make at least $25,000 in Eligible Purchases within that Qualification Year on your Eligible Card. A Qualification Year is from January 1 to December 31 of a given year. The close of the Qualification Year is December 31, without regard to the time of the year that the credit card account is opened. This means that for the first year of Card Membership, the Card Member's Eligible Purchase period may be less than twelve months.
Eligible Purchases means purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible Purchases do NOT include fees, interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers' checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents.
Eligible Purchases made by Additional Card Members on the Basic Card Member's Eligible Card will count toward the Eligible Purchase threshold. For purposes of calculating the Eligible Purchase threshold, Eligible Purchases will be combined across multiple Eligible Cards of the Basic Card Member if those Card accounts are linked to the same SkyMiles number. Eligible Cards are the following: Delta SkyMiles Options Credit Card, Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card, Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card and Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express. This benefit extends to Basic Card Members only (Additional Card Members are not eligible). Offer terms and conditions subject to change.
**Basic Economy Fares:
Basic Economy (E) fares are not eligible for paid, complimentary or discounted Delta Comfort+ and paid or complimentary Preferred Seats, regardless of Medallion or other elite status.