With the final month of the year upon us, many frequent flyers are finding themselves just shy of that next elite level with their favorite airline. Knowing this, Delta has just announced that they are willing to take full advantage of anyone desperate enough to buy MQM’s from them.
If you are trying to reach Diamond, Platinum, Gold, or even Silver, Delta will sell you up to 10,000 MQM’s to help you reach your target. The price for these MQM’s is very steep but varies based on your current status.
As a current Gold Medallion the following prices were offered:
- 2,500 MQM’s for $595
- 5,000 MQM’s for $895
- 7,500 MQM’s for $1,195
- 10,000 MQM’s for $1,495
However some of my friends who are Platinum Medallion were offered a higher priced:
- 2,500 MQMs $795
- 5,000 MQMs $1,195
- 7,500 MQMs $1,595
- 10,000 MQMs $1,995
It appears that the higher up the Elite ladder you are, the more Delta will charge you for MQM’s. My father’s has no status but was offered the following the prices which were cheaper than the Gold prices or the Platinum prices.
- 2,500 MQMs $475
- 5,000 MQMs $675
- 7,500 MQMs $875
- 10,000 MQMs $1,075
If you are short of the next level by less than 10,000 MQM’s you can find other ways to get those MQM’s that will be cheaper. Your best bet is to find a cheap fair that you can earn the mileage by flying this year to guarantee the MQM’s. Another option is to apply for the Delta Reserve card ($450 annual fee) which offers 10,000 MQM’s after 1st purchase or the Delta Platinum card ($150 annual fee) which offers 5,000 MQM’s and 35,000 miles after $1,000. (These are not paid affiliate links)
The best bet is a mileage run to guarantee the miles post. If you go the credit card route, you will want to apply immediately so that you get your card in time to earn the miles this year.