10x Increase to Delta Diamond MQD Waiver Spending Requirement ($250k Instead of $25k)

Delta has just sent out an email to SkyMiles co-branded credit card holders and has utterly eviscerated the value of the Medallion Qualification Dollar waiver to achieve Diamond Medallion Status. Effective January 1, 2018, the spending requirement will increase tenfold from $25,000 per year to an utterly enormous $250,000 per year to earn the MQD waiver for Diamond Medallion Status.

What is a Medallion Qualification Dollar?

Delta Medallion Qualification Dollars 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.

Improvements to Delta Diamond Medallion Benefits

A few weeks ago, we reported that Delta was expanding Choice Benefits for its Medallion members. Delta has released some news on their website and they will expand and give Diamond Medallion members more choices for their 2018 choice benefits….

Delta Medallion Choice Benefits Expanded Starting 2018

Choosing which Delta Choice Benefits can be difficult once you have achieved Platinum or Diamond Medallion Status. For Diamonds, the global upgrade certificates are seemingly a no-brainer if you’re traveling outside the US. It’s that second choice that can be…

Delta Global Upgrades Now Valid On Virgin Atlantic Flights

Delta Airlines has quietly added partner airline, Virgin Atlantic, to its Global Upgrades program. Diamond Medallion Global Upgrade Certificates can now be applied to Delta-marketed, Virgin Atlantic-operated flights for upgrades to Upper Class. Delta-marketed flights mean that even though it…