As of January 1, 2014, members earn Medallion status through a combination of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) flown and your annual spending on Delta flights, which is measured by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). 

These Medallion program changes better recognize and reward our elite customers, by creating an even more exclusive Medallion experience and making it easier for Medallion members to enjoy their benefits.

The Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) requirement went into effect January 1, 2014. 

Members earn Medallion status based on Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and annual spend on Delta flights, measured by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). Please note that if you do not meet the MQDs threshold, you can still qualify for Medallion status if you earn the required MQMs or MQSs and earn the MQD Waiver for the qualification year by making $25,000 or more in Eligible Purchases in that year on a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.

Yes, MQDs (similar to MQMs and MQSs) are earned by the member who is flying (whose name and SkyMiles number are listed on the ticket). This means that even if your company (or spouse, parent, etc.) purchases your ticket, the member who is flying will earn the MQDs.

No, MQDs (similar to MQMs and MQSs) are earned by the member who is flying (whose name and SkyMiles number are listed on the ticket. 

Miles, MQDs, MQMs, MQSs are only awarded upon completion of qualifying flight activity. No Miles, MQDs, MQMs, or MQSs are awarded for tickets which are purchased but never flown, regardless of reason. 

MQDs are the total of the SkyMiles member’s spend on Delta-marketed flights (flight numbers that include the “DL” airline code), including the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges, but excluding government-imposed taxes and fees.

Base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges for travel marketed by Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 partner airlines ticketed through a Delta channel (featuring a ticket number beginning with “006”) will also be included in MQDs. 

Certain tickets, including but not limited to bulk, consolidator, cruise, vacation packages, inclusive tour and other tickets where the fare is not disclosed, will count toward MQDs. A portion of the airfare for some Delta Vacations® packages will earn MQDs based on fare class and distance flown. Award, Miles + Cash, free, barter, pass travel and other tickets not eligible for mileage accrual will not earn MQDs.

For travel prior to January 1, 2015, Pay with Miles tickets booked in Main Cabin are not eligible for MQDs. Delta One™, First or Business Class tickets purchased through Pay with Miles will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.

For travel on or after January 1, 2015 (regardless of ticket purchase date), Pay with Miles tickets will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.

Delta Comfort+™ and Preferred Seats purchases and effective July 21, 2015 paid Premium class upgrades made through a Delta channel are included in MQDs. All other ancillary purchases or fees will not count toward MQDs.

Delta Comfort+ and Preferred Seats purchases and effective July 21, 2015 paid Premium class upgrades made through a Delta channel are included in MQDs. 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 fee, Administrative Service Charge (ASC), External Reissue Charge (ERC), do not count toward earning MQDs.

The majority of payment forms on eligible tickets, including Delta travel vouchers, count toward earning MQDs.

However, please note that for travel prior to January 1, 2015, Pay with Miles tickets booked in Main Cabin are not eligible for MQDs. Delta One, First or Business Class tickets purchased through Pay with Miles will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.

For travel on or after January 1, 2015 (regardless of ticket purchase date), Pay with Miles tickets will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total. 

Members earn MQDs on Delta-marketed flights (flight numbers that include the “DL” airline code). The best way to ensure you receive full credit is to book travel through a Delta channel, such as delta.com, and include your SkyMiles number in your reservation. Note that MQDs include the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges but exclude government-imposed taxes and fees.

You also earn MQDs for flight spend on Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 partner airlines that are ticketed through delta.com or another Delta channel (the ticket number will begin with “006”). As of January 1, 2014, Delta Comfort+ and Preferred Seats purchases made through a Delta channel are included in MQDs.

Effective January 1, 2015 MQDs will also include most partner airline flights and select exception fares. The MQDs you will earn when traveling on most 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.

Similar to Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs), your MQDs will post after each segment is flown. The MQDs posted for each segment of your itinerary will be prorated based on distance flown. For example, if you booked a ticket from Orlando (MCO) to Atlanta (ATL) to Boston (BOS), a greater number of MQDs would post after you fly the ATL–BOS segment since the ATL-BOS total distance flown is greater than MCO-ATL distance flown.

To ensure you receive full credit, book travel through a Delta channel, such as delta.com, and include your SkyMiles number in your reservation. 

When you are logged into delta.com and booking a ticket, the estimated MQDs, miles and Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) you’ll earn for that flight are shown on the Trip Summary page. To estimate MQDs for eligible partner airline marketed, partner airline ticketed travel, visit www.delta.com/partnerairlines

Yes, you will automatically receive MQDs credit for each flown segment, including tickets that are reissued.  In some situations, especially when passengers are accommodated on other airlines, our system may not recognize the re-accommodated segment as flown, and MQDs will not automatically post. If you notice a discrepancy, please contact us through Reservations or delta.com

If a member purchases a Delta Comfort+ 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 MQDs will not be credited.

Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Eligible Purchases are the total of purchases for goods and services less returns and other credits. Fees, interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of traveler’s checks, the purchase or reloading of prepaid cards and purchases of other cash equivalents will not count toward Eligible Purchases.

Members must meet the required MQMs or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) AND earn the minimum amount of MQDs for that tier to qualify for that level of Medallion status. MQDs alone will not earn Medallion status.

Check the new tracker to quickly and easily keep tabs on your progress toward earning status in My SkyMiles or the My Delta homepage dropdown when logged in at delta.com, or on the Fly Delta app. It prominently displays your MQMs and MQSs side by side as well as your progress toward MQD and the MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Spend) thresholds.

The spend-based component better recognizes and rewards our best customers and helps ensure your Medallion benefits remain valuable.

If you achieve one Medallion qualification criteria and not the other, your status will be determined based on the lower of the two qualification thresholds that you achieved. For example, if you earned 76,000 MQMs (enough to qualify for Platinum Medallion status), but had $6,000 MQDs (enough to qualify for Gold Medallion status, but not Platinum Medallion status), then you will earn Gold Medallion status. Rollover MQMs will be calculated as anything in excess of the MQM threshold for the status earned based on the new criteria. In the above example, you would roll over 26,000 MQMs and would then need at least $2,500 MQDs (or the MQD Waiver) to earn Silver Medallion status the following year.

The number of segments required for Medallion qualification will not change.  However, you also will have to spend a minimum amount with Delta, measured by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). Please note that if you do not meet the MQDs threshold, you can still qualify for Medallion status if you earn the required MQMs or MQSs and earn the MQD Waiver for the qualification year by making at least $25,000 in Eligible Purchases in that year on a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.

Rollover MQMs will not change with the new program. As long as you earn Medallion status based on the new requirements, any MQMs in excess of the threshold needed for status earned will roll over. There will be no rollover of MQDs, the MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs). 

If a member has enough Rollover MQMs to qualify for 2015 Medallion status, he or she must still meet the MQDs threshold in 2014 to qualify for status in the 2015 Medallion year. 

Million Miler™ annual complimentary status is not impacted by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) or the MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend). However, to maintain Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Million Milers will have to meet the spend requirements to achieve at least Silver Medallion status.

Choice Benefits gifted status is not impacted by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) or the MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend). 

The MQD Waiver for Medallion status is an exclusive benefit of the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, and therefore does not vary by tier level. 

Your total spend across all Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards that are linked to the same SkyMiles number will be combined and count toward your annual total of Eligible Purchases.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend) total to be updated at delta.com.

Yes. Eligible Purchases by Additional Card Members linked to the Basic Card Member's account will count toward the Basic Card Member's spend total. 

Only Eligible Purchases on Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards issued in the United States will count toward the MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend).

The Eligible Purchases need to be within the qualification year, which runs from January 1st, through December 31st.

All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules

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