Medallion® Qualification Dollars FAQs

What are the changes?

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 will be measured by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). 

Why is Delta making these changes?

These Medallion program changes will better recognize and reward our elite customers. These changes will create an even more exclusive Medallion experience and make it easier for Medallion members to enjoy their benefits, including Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades, Economy Comfort™ access, Preferred Seats and Priority Boarding.

When do the Medallion Qualification changes take effect?

The new Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) requirement went into effect January 1, 2014. Please note this will not affect status earned in 2013 for the 2014 Medallion year. 

How will I earn Medallion status effective January 1, 2014?

As of January 1, 2014, members earn Medallion status based on the existing criteria of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) AND the new threshold of annual spend on Delta flights, which will be 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.

Will I earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) if my company, spouse, parent or someone else pays for my travel?

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.

What spend counts toward Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)?

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 not count toward MQDs. Delta Vacations® packages will earn MQDs based on fare class and distance flown. Award, Pay with Miles Economy Class, free, barter, pass travel and other tickets not eligible for mileage accrual will not earn MQDs. For BusinessElite®, First or Business Class tickets purchased through Pay with Miles, you 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.  As of January 1, 2014, Economy Comfort™ and Preferred Seats purchases made through a Delta channel are included in MQDs. All other ancillary purchases or fees will not count toward MQDs.

Do bag fees, seat purchases, etc. count toward earning Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)?

As of January 1, 2014, Economy Comfort™ and Preferred Seats purchases 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), and Standby Upgrades purchased at the gate, do not count toward earning MQDs.

Does the form of payment used to purchase a ticket affect Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) earned?

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

However, please note that only the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges paid in currency for BusinessElite®, First or Business Class tickets purchased through Pay with Miles is eligible for earning MQDs. Miles will count toward base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges before taxes and fees.  Therefore, the portion of a ticket paid for in miles does not count toward earning MQDs.

How can I make sure I earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)?

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, Economy Comfort and Preferred Seats purchases made through a Delta channel are included in MQDs.

I've booked an itinerary with multiple segments. When will my Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) post to my account?

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. 

I'm planning a trip. How do I find out how many Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) I will earn?

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.

If I am re-routed, either voluntarily or involuntarily, will I still earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)?

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 an Economy 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.

What Eligible Purchases count toward the Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) Waiver on the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card?

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.

Will I earn Medallion status if I spend the minimum amount of Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) that are required, but do not fly the required amount of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs)? For example, if I earned $5,000 MQDs but only flew 20,000 MQMs would I earn Gold Medallion status?

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.

How do I track my progress on Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) or the MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend)?

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.

Why is Delta adding a new spend component to Medallion qualification?

The new spend-based component will better recognize and reward our best customers and help ensure your Medallion benefits remain valuable.

What happens if I meet the requirements for Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) but not the spend requirement for Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)?

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.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO QUALIFY WITH SEGMENTS? HOW WILL THIS CHANGE IMPACT US?

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.

Will my year-to-date Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) still roll over with the new program? Will Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) roll over after spending a certain amount?

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). 

I earned Medallion status in 2013 for the 2014 Medallion year. When does the Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) requirement impact me?

The new MQDs requirement went into effect January 1, 2014 for earning status in 2015. If you earned status in 2013 for the 2014 Medallion year, this change will not affect your 2014 benefits.

However, if you earn a higher Medallion status in 2014, you will need to complete the required Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) AND earn the minimum amount of MQDs for that tier to qualify for that level of Medallion status. Alternatively, you can earn the new MQD Waiver for the qualification year if you make at least $25,000 in Eligible Purchases in that year with a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.

To re-qualify for 2015 Medallion status, you will need to meet the required MQMs or MQSs AND the MQDs or MQD Waiver (Delta SkyMiles Credit Card spend) requirements.

What if I already have enough Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) to qualify for 2015 Medallion status? Do I still have to earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)?

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. 

How will this affect the annual complimentary status earned by Million Milers?

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.

How will this affect Gold or Silver Medallion status gifted through Choice Benefits?

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

WHY DO THE MEDALLION QUALIFICATION DOLLARS (MQDS) REQUIRED VARY BY MEDALLION TIER, YET THE MQD WAIVER (DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD SPEND) REQUIREMENT IS A FLAT AMOUNT ACROSS ALL TIERS?

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. 

I HAVE MULTIPLE DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARDS. HOW WILL MY ELIGIBLE PURCHASES BE CALCULATED FOR THE MQD WAIVER (DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD SPEND)?

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.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY MQD WAIVER (DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD SPEND) TOTAL TO BE UPDATED AFTER I MERGE MULTIPLE SKYMILES NUMBERS OR CHANGE MY SKYMILES NUMBER?

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

I HAVE ADDITIONAL CARDS LINKED TO MY DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD (SPOUSE, CHILDREN, COLLEAGUES, ETC.). DOES THEIR SPEND COUNT TOWARD MY TOTAL ELIGIBLE PURCHASES FOR THE MQD WAIVER (DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD SPEND)?

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. 

DELTA ISSUES CREDIT CARDS IN MULTIPLE COUNTRIES. WHAT SPEND COUNTS TOWARD THE MQD WAIVER (DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD SPEND)?

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

WHAT IS THE TIMEFRAME FOR ELIGIBLE PURCHASES ON MY DELTA SKYMILES CREDIT CARD TO 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.

 
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