It’s the end of the year, which means a lot of people are looking at their frequent flyer accounts and trying to figure out how to squeeze a few extra miles out of their travel so they can qualify for the next elite tier.
Towards the end of the year it’s pretty normal for airlines to let you “buy up” to the next elite tier, should you be a few thousand elite qualifying miles short.
At the beginning of November American announced their Elite Boost promotion, allowing you to pay to secure the next elite level if you’re within a certain range of qualifying. The costs are sort of ridiculous, especially when you consider that elite status is worth less than it used to be.
Delta has now revealed their end of the year promotion for buying up to status. Through February 28, 2019, you can purchase a bundle consisting of Medallion Qualifying Miles, Medallion Qualifying Dollars, and Medallion Qualifying Segments. This will count towards your 2019 status.
Here’s how Delta describes what this means for your status:
- The dollar amount you spend on MQMs and MQSs will then be credited to your 2018 MQDs balance and will apply towards your 2019 Status.
- Any MQMs purchased that exceed the amount needed to achieve Medallion Status for 2019 will roll over and count towards your 2020 Status.
- MQMs, MQSs and MQDs will post to your SkyMiles account within 24 hours of purchase.
- Keep in mind: MQMs, MQSs and MQDs purchased through this offer are non-refundable.
And here’s who is eligible for the promotion:
- If you are a Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion Member, you are eligible for Elevate Your Status unless you received complimentary Status for a Tier above the Tier you earned Status for.
- If you are a General SkyMiles Member, you must be within range to reach Silver Medallion Status by purchasing the maximum bundle of MQMs, MQSs and MQDs, in order to be eligible.
- If you are a Diamond Medallion Member, you are not eligible, because you have already reached the top Tier of Medallion Status.
I’m a Delta Platinum member who won’t be requalifying, so here’s the buy-up offer I’ve been given:
As you can see, my offer tops out at about 11 cents per MQM. As far as buy-up offers go, that’s actually on the lower side (I’m not saying it’s a good deal, but I’ve also seen them have offers where they wanted 25+ cents per MQM).
The pricing is variable, so I imagine it depends on how close you are to status, and also which status tier you’re close to. In other words, I imagine the last 10,000 MQMs to get to Diamond status would be much more costly than the last 10,000 MQMs to get to Silver status.
If you’re eligible for Delta’s “Elevate Your Status” deal, what does your offer look like?