For Delta SkyMiles customers who are going to come up just a bit short of their desired Medallion status level in 2012 there is an alternative to taking an extra trip here at the end of the year. Delta is offering members the opportunity to purchase up to 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) towards their 2012 accrual through the end of the year. And while the price for the points isn’t great it is comparable to at least one other airline selling elite qualifying miles so it isn’t all that horrible. Here’s the price chart:
At the max purchase amount of 10,000 MQMs that’s basically 10 cents per mile. A mileage run can probably find the miles at a lower CPM rate but these don’t require any time to be spent on a plane so that’s nice. It is also nice that the price is fixed rather than variable, potentially increasing as the end of the year approaches.
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“don’t require any time to be spent on a plane”. Thats heresy dude. There has to be a little getaway someone could find to get those MQMs. Thats one of the best ways to travel. A cool trip and the MQMs to bump to the next level. Then again on Dec 20 I might need a few more and then it might make perfect sense to pay up.
Hmmm…The question comes down to do I “tie up my time with BNC (butt in seat) travel or give up the cash for the add’l MQMs I need?”
Makes no sense for those desperate for DL status. Why not just pay the $450 annual fee for the Delta Reserve Amex card? It gives you 10K MQMs after first purchase, some Sky Club passes, plus some other benefits. See http://www304.americanexpress.com/getthecard/learn-about/Delta-Reserve
If you’ve already got the CC then getting it again isn’t an option. The CCs are great in some cases but not always the solution.
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