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.