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What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Status Worth in 2019?

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Delta Medallion Status

Delta has received its fair share of mockery over the years as its SkyMiles have suffered some blows—like Delta's decision to stop publishing an award chart. However, many flyers remain loyal to Delta despite these frustrations with its rewards program.

A big part of that continued loyalty is the excellent level of service Delta is known for, but another is its highly valuable Delta Medallion program. If you achieve Delta Medallion status, you'll start reaping benefits that can easily save you hundreds or thousands of dollars every year.

What are the Delta Medallion and SkyMiles programs?

The Delta Medallion program is Delta's loyalty program, which rewards frequent flyers on Delta with various perks and benefits. While you'll need to fly a certain amount to obtain Medallion status, as detailed below, anyone can join Delta's SkyMiles loyalty program. By joining, you'll start earning miles that can be exchanged for free flights, and you'll also begin tracking your progress toward Medallion status.

How to join the Delta SkyMiles loyalty program

It's free and easy to become a Delta SkyMiles member. Simply click the "Sign up" link on the Delta homepage, and fill out a brief form with your personal information.

How to join SkyMiles
Screenshots in this article taken from the Delta website, August 2019.

Once you've joined, you'll be able to book flights, see your upcoming trips and check in to your flights directly from your SkyMiles account. Within the SkyMiles tab, you can see the SkyMiles you've earned so far and how you earned them, and track your progress toward Medallion status.

Viewing SkyMiles account

Delta SkyTeam partners

Delta SkyMiles can be earned and redeemed on flights with Delta or any of Delta's SkyTeam and other partner airlines. Delta has 24 partner airlines total as listed below. When flying on a partner airline, miles will be earned according to that airline's rules rather than Delta's. Flights with partner airlines also count toward Delta Medallion status.

Partner airlines
AeroMexicoAir France
AlitaliaChina Eastern
GOLKLM
Korean AirVirgin Atlantic
Virgin AustraliaAir Europa
Kenya AirwaysMiddle East Airlines
Saudia AirlinesTAROM
AeroflotAerolíneas Argentina
China AirlinesChina Southern Airlines
Czech AirlinesGaruda Indonesia
Vietnam AirlinesXiamen Airlines
Hawaiian AirlinesWestJet

Delta Medallion status levels

Delta's loyalty program has four status levels:

  • Silver Medallion
  • Gold Medallion
  • Platinum Medallion
  • Diamond Medallion

As you move up in status, you'll gain access to greater benefits and also earn SkyMiles at a faster rate. Once you achieve a status level, you'll stay at that level for the remainder of the year as well as the following year.

How to earn Delta Medallion status

Figuring out how to earn Medallion status with Delta can be confusing. First of all, Delta throws around a lot of terminology in its Medallion program, such as MQMs, MQDs and MQSs. The airline doesn't measure your status by one metric, either. You'll earn Delta Medallion status through a combination of flying and spending. This can make it tricky for folks who tend to fly on the cheapest flights available to earn status, although it is possible to get that requirement waived.

What's more, the rules on how you earn MQMs, MQDs and MQSs only apply to Delta flights—flight numbers that start with "DL." On partner airlines, these metrics will be calculated differently. So let's dive into the requirements for Delta Medallion status, what they mean and how to meet them.

MQDs, MQMs and MQSs and the MQD waiver explained

Before we jump into the requirements for achieving each Medallion status level, we'll need to define these four metrics. These are earned by the person flying, regardless of who paid for the ticket.

MQDs: Medallion Qualifying Dollars

This represents your spending on Delta. You'll earn one MQD for every dollar spent on Delta flights. You'll get MQDs for your base fare, but not for government taxes and fees. So, if you purchase a flight with a base fare of $500 and a total cost of $550 after government taxes and fees, you'll earn 500 MQDs.

On partner flights, your MQDs are based on the miles you earn for the flight. The MQDs you earn will be calculated as one-fifth of the redeemable miles earned on the flight. For example, if you earn 5,000 redeemable miles for a partner flight, you'll get 1,000 MQDs, regardless of what you paid for the flight.

MQMs: Medallion Qualifying Miles

These are different from the SkyMiles you earn that are used for award travel. MQMs are used solely to determine your status. You'll earn them through a combination of miles flown and fare class on each flight you take. Every flight accumulates a base number of MQMs based on distance flown, but you can also earn bonus MQMs when you book a higher-fare class.

  • Full-fare first and business class tickets earn a 100% MQM bonus.
  • Discounted first, business, Delta premium select and premium main cabin tickets earn a 50% MQM bonus.
  • Purchased upgrades earn an MQM bonus based on the class of service.

MQSs: Medallion Qualifying Segments

This represents the number of flights you take with Delta, counted as segments. In other words, if you have a round-trip flight to Tokyo that connects in Los Angeles, you'll earn four MQSs total: one for your flight to Los Angeles, one for your flight to Tokyo and two more on the way back.

MQD waiver: Medallion Qualifying Dollars waiver

Delta also offers the chance to earn a waiver on the MQDs required to reach each status level by spending a certain amount on any Delta co-branded credit card.

  • The MQD requirements to reach Silver, Gold or Platinum Medallion status will be waived if you spend at least $25,000 on select Delta co-branded credit cards during the calendar year.
  • The MQD requirements to reach Diamond Medallion status will be waived if you spend at least $250,000 on select Delta co-branded credit cards during the calendar year.

Requirements for each Delta Medallion status level

Each status level requires that you meet two thresholds: one based on the amount flown (measured by either distance or number of segments) and one based on money spent.

Delta Medallion status levels

How to get Delta Silver Medallion status

  • Fly 25,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 30 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $3,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $25,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

How to get Delta Gold Medallion status

  • Fly 50,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 60 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $6,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $25,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

How to get Delta Platinum Medallion status

  • Fly 75,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 100 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $9,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $25,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

How to get Delta Diamond Medallion status

  • Fly 125,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 140 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $15,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $250,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

Do MQMs roll over?

One unique feature of Delta's loyalty program that makes it easier to earn Medallion status from year to year is rollover MQMs. Every year you earn Medallion status, any MQMs you have at the end of the year, above the status you achieved, will roll over to the following year. That means you won't have to start at zero again in January.

For example, if you earn 30,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles in 2019 and achieve Delta Silver Medallion status, instead of resetting your MQMs to zero in January 2020, Delta would start off your MQM balance at 5,000. You would only need 20,000 more MQMs to help you qualify for Silver in the following year, 2021.

Benefits of Delta Medallion status and their value

You'll start enjoying benefits as soon as you achieve Delta Silver Medallion status. As you move up to Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion status, you'll gain access to additional benefits, earn miles faster and save more money.

For the purposes of calculating the value of each benefit, we'll make the following assumptions:

  • Delta SkyMiles are worth 1.5 cents each on average, given that most redemption options will get you 1 to 2 cents per mile.
  • You fly and spend just enough to achieve a given status level, but no more. For example, for Silver Medallion, we assume you earned 25,000 MQMs and $3,000 in MQDs.
  • You meet the MQD threshold rather than earning an MQD waiver.

Medallion mileage earn: Worth $90 to $1,350

Without Medallion status, the base rate for earning rewards with Delta is five SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights, which includes your base fare and carrier surcharges but not government taxes and fees. As a Medallion member, you'll earn SkyMiles at a higher rate.

SilverGoldPlatinumDiamond
SkyMiles earned per dollar spent on Delta flights78911
Value added per year$90$270$540$1,350

Choice benefits: Worth $300 to $2,125

Platinum and Diamond Medallion members get to select additional choice benefits each year. Platinum members can select one benefit from a list, while Diamond members can select three from a longer list of options. As a Diamond member, you'll effectively get four choice benefits, as you'll get to choose one when you hit Platinum and another three when you hit Diamond.

It's difficult to place a value on status gifting, so that option is left out of the valuation. It's also hard to place a value on regional and global upgrade certificates. However, global upgrade certificates are particularly valuable because they allow you to potentially upgrade to first class on long-haul flights, and the price difference between economy and first class on these flights is usually thousands of dollars. Because of that, we'll value that benefit at a modest $1,000.

Platinum Medallion


Choose one
Value
4 regional upgrade certificatesVaries
20,000 bonus miles$300
Gift Silver Medallion statusN/A
$200 Delta travel voucher valid for 12 months or $200 Tiffany & Co. gift card$200

Diamond Medallion


Choose three
Value
Choice of 4 global upgrade certificates, 8 regional, or 2 global and 4 regional$1,000
25,000 bonus miles$375
Gift Gold Medallion statusN/A
$200 Delta travel voucher valid for 12 months or $200 Tiffany & Co. gift card$200
Delta Sky Club individual membership$450
Delta Sky Club executive membership (requires 2 choice benefits or 1 choice benefit if you're upgrading from an existing individual membership)$445

The only way to get Delta Sky Club membership via status is by choosing it as one of your Diamond Medallion choice benefits. You can choose an individual membership, which gets you unlimited complimentary airport lounge access at all Delta Sky Club lounges and up to two guests at a discounted rate of $29 per guest. The membership normally costs $545, but you can get it for less by opening the Delta Reserve Credit Card. This card has a $450 ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020) annual fee, so that's what we'll value it at. The executive membership costs $845, but since you can only get it with one choice benefit as an upgrade from a current individual membership, (if you, for example, already have a Sky Club membership through a credit card), we'll value it at $445.

The value of the Diamond Medallion choice benefit comes out to $2,125 assuming you select bonus miles when you hit Platinum, and then select bonus miles, the Delta Sky Club individual membership and the four global upgrade certificates when you hit Diamond status.

Complimentary upgrades: Worth $200 to $1,800

All Medallion members are eligible for unlimited upgrades for themselves and one companion to first class and Comfort+ on all flights and Delta One on flights within the U.S., as well as complimentary preferred seats. The difference lies in the priority each Medallion level is given for upgrades and how soon before your flight Delta can actually confirm your complimentary upgrade.

Diamond Medallion members are given first priority at complimentary upgrades, followed by Platinum, Gold and finally Silver members. Within each level, members are prioritized based on fare class; paid tickets get first priority, followed by award tickets and Pay with Miles tickets.

Complimentary upgrades are cleared according to the table below.

SilverGoldPlatinumDiamond
Delta One upgrades within the U.S.Day of departureDay of departureDay of departureDay of departure
First class upgrades24 hours before departure72 hours before departure120 hours before departure120 hours before departure
Comfort+ upgrades24 hours before departure72 hours before departureShortly after ticketingShortly after ticketing

The value of this benefit is subjective and depends on how often you get upgraded, which in turn depends largely on the routes and times you usually fly. In general, Silver Medallion members get sporadic Comfort+ upgrades, but it's very difficult to get any first class upgrades. Gold Medallion members fare only slightly better, maybe getting a couple of first class upgrades per year. Platinum Medallion and especially Diamond Medallion can expect regular upgrades. Given this, we value Silver upgrades at $200, Gold at $600, Platinum at $1,200 and Diamond at $1,800.

Complimentary preferred seats: Worth $25 to $100

Medallion members get to select preferred seats for free when choosing their seat assignments. These can include bulkhead, aisle, window and exit row seats. Non-Medallion members must pay to book these seats. Prices for these preferred seats start at $9 but increase significantly on longer flights. We give this perk a value of $25 for Silver members, $50 for Gold members, $75 for Platinum members and $100 for Diamond members.

Fee waivers: Worth $150 to $1,450

One of the most straightforward ways in which Medallion members save money is through fee waivers. As you move up to higher status levels, you'll get more fees waived.

Delta status benefits chart

Waived baggage fees: Worth $150 to $400

All Medallion members get free checked bags for themselves and up to eight companions traveling on their reservation. Delta already offers a free checked bag on most long-haul flights, but on domestic flights and flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, you'll have to pay $30 each way if you aren't booked in first class. You can also get a free checked bag by opening any of the Delta co-branded credit cards, though, so if you already have one of those, this perk isn't adding extra value. Assuming you only check a bag occasionally and go on one family trip per year, we'll value this perk at $150 for Silver, $300 for Gold, $350 for Platinum and $400 for Diamond.

Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: Worth $300 to $600

If you find yourself making last-minute changes to your flight, this perk can be very valuable. Delta charges a $75 fee for changing your flight within 24 hours of departure, but this fee is waived for Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. This can come in handy if you're trying to get on an earlier flight to avoid weather delays, if you show up to the airport a few hours early or if you're stuck in traffic about to miss your flight. It depends on availability within your fare class. However, if there's no availability on the flight you want, you can wait for a seat on another flight in standby, which is also free for Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members.

We'll assume Gold members use this benefit four times per year ($300), Platinum six times ($450) and Diamond eight times ($600). Note that this waiver can't be used on basic economy tickets.

Waived award redeposit/reissue fee for Platinum and Diamond Medallion: Worth $300 to $450

If you want to cancel or change an award booking, you'll need to pay $150 to have the miles either redeposited into your account or reissued for a different flight. This fee is waived for Platinum and Diamond members. We'll give this a value of $300 for Platinum and $450 for Diamond. Note that this waiver can't be used on basic economy tickets.

Sky Priority and airport benefits: Worth $25 to $250

All Medallion members enjoy a priority check-in line and priority boarding, but Silver Medallion members get this perk with the lowest priority, on par with cardholders of any Delta co-branded credit card. Gold, Platinum and Diamond members get Sky Priority, which is a step above in priority when it comes to both check-in and boarding. Members will also get access to priority security lines at select airports and expedited baggage service, all making their overall travel experience faster and more efficient. Diamond members also get a complimentary Clear membership. However, since Clear is only available in about 60 locations nationwide with no international locations, this membership isn't very valuable.

These airport benefits are minimal for Silver Medallion members, so we'll value them at $25. Gold and Platinum members will get a significantly more efficient airport experience, so we value these benefits at $150 for Gold and $200 for Platinum, as they get to take advantage of this perk more often. We'll add $50 for Diamond members because of the Clear membership, for a total of $250 in value.

Customer service benefits: Worth $40 to $240

Delta phone line benefits

All Medallion members get access to a dedicated customer service phone line, but each member is given priority based on their Medallion status, with Diamond members getting their own VIP line. Without Medallion status, calling Delta's customer service line often means being put on hold for up to an hour during busy times. Meanwhile, Platinum and Diamond members rarely have to wait more than a couple of minutes, if at all.

This benefit becomes extremely valuable when Delta is experiencing significant delays and you're trying to get rebooked at the same time as hundreds of other flyers. Being prioritized by customer service could mean getting on the next flight out while nonelite flyers are stuck there another night. We value this perk at $40 for Silver, $80 for Gold, $160 for Platinum and $240 for Diamond.

SkyTeam benefits: Worth $25 to $125

Medallion members who fly on Delta's SkyTeam partner airlines will get priority status with them, too. Silver members get elite status, while Gold, Platinum and Diamond members get elite plus status, which gets them priority baggage handling and access to the SkyTeam lounge. Given that most travelers won't take advantage of this benefit often, if at all, we value it at $25 for Silver, $75 for Gold, $100 for Platinum and $125 for Diamond.

Hertz rental car benefits: Worth $25 to $40

Hertz rental car benefits

Delta Medallion members also enjoy elevated status with the Hertz loyalty program (Gold, Platinum and Diamond) and can earn extra miles each time they rent a car with Hertz. Silver and Gold members get 1,000 miles per rental, while Platinum and Diamond members get 1,250 miles per rental. Plenty of travelers won't take advantage of this perk, either, because they don't rent cars often or prefer to rent elsewhere. We'll value it at $25 for Silver and Gold and $40 for Platinum and Diamond.

Delta Vacations benefits: Worth $15

All Medallion members receive savings ranging from $50 to $300 on Delta Vacations packages. You'll have to spend at least $1,250 to get $50 back and spend $8,250 to get $300 back. In other words, the discount is very minimal. Most members won't take advantage of this because they won't book a Delta Vacations package, so we'll value this at $15 for all members.

How much is Delta Medallion status worth?

Now that we've valued each benefit, it's time to figure out how much Medallion status is worth at each level.

Delta Silver Medallion status value: $595

  • Earn seven SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $90
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $200
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $25
  • Waived baggage fees: $150
  • Priority check-in and boarding: $25
  • Dedicated phone line, priority service: $40
  • SkyTeam benefits: $25
  • Hertz benefits: $25
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Delta Gold Medallion status value: $1,865

  • Earn eight SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $270
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $600
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $50
  • Waived baggage fees: $300
  • Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: $300
  • Sky Priority check-in, boarding, priority security line and expedited baggage: $150
  • Dedicated phone line, high-priority service: $80
  • SkyTeam benefits: $75
  • Hertz benefits: $25
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Delta Platinum Medallion status value: $3,730

  • Earn nine SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $540
  • Platinum choice benefit: $300
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $1,200
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $75
  • Waived baggage fees: $350
  • Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: $450
  • Waived award redeposit/reissue fee: $300
  • Sky Priority check-in, boarding, priority security line and expedited baggage: $200
  • Dedicated phone line, high-priority service: $160
  • SkyTeam benefits: $100
  • Hertz benefits: $40
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Delta Diamond Medallion status value: $7,495

  • Earn 11 SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $1,350
  • Platinum choice benefit: $300
  • Diamond choice benefits (three): $1,825
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $1,800
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $100
  • Waived baggage fees: $400
  • Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: $600
  • Waived award redeposit/reissue fee: $450
  • Sky Priority check-in, boarding, priority security line and expedited baggage: $250
  • Dedicated phone line, high-priority service: $240
  • SkyTeam benefits: $125
  • Hertz benefits: $40
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Credit cards that help you get Delta Medallion status

There are seven co-branded Delta American Express credit cards, three of which are business credit cards. All but the Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card can help you get closer to obtaining Medallion status with an MQD waiver.

Earning an MQD waiver exempts you from having to meet the MQD requirement for any given status level. Remember, you can earn an MQD waiver for Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion status by spending $25,000 in a year on any Delta credit card, and you can earn an MQD waiver for Diamond Medallion status by spending $250,000 in a year on any Delta credit card. Top-tier Delta credit cards also come with the chance to earn Medallion Qualifying Miles, bringing you even closer to the next status level.

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Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • No Annual Fee.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar at US restaurants.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • No Annual Fee.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar at US restaurants.
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  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
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The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express won't help you get any closer to Medallion status, as it doesn't offer the chance at an MQD waiver or bonus MQMs. It's free, though, so if you're not willing to pay an annual fee or don't fly Delta often but want to boost your SkyMiles balance, this card is an option.

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Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
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  • Earn 2 miles on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta.
  • Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 for a family of 4 roundtrip.
  • Receive Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights, stow your carry-on bag and settle in sooner.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 miles on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta.
  • Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 for a family of 4 roundtrip.
  • Receive Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights, stow your carry-on bag and settle in sooner.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
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Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
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Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles and 75,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months
Annual Fee
$195
Regular APR
17.24% - 26.24% Variable
Credit Needed
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Excellent
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The information related to the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has been collected by ValuePenguin and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication.

In addition to the MQD waiver, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express also offers the opportunity to earn 10,000 MQMs per year if you spend enough. The annual fee is high, but the companion certificate makes up for it if that's something you would use.

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express
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Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express
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Annual Fee
$450
Regular APR
17.99% - 26.99% Variable
Credit Needed
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Excellent
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The information related to the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express has been collected by ValuePenguin and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication.

The Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express also grants an MQD waiver, plus the potential to earn 40,000 MQMs during your first year if you can put a lot of spending on the card. That's almost enough to get you to Gold Medallion without even flying. The first class companion certificate, upgrade priority and Delta Sky Club access more than pay for the steep annual fee, as long as you take advantage of those benefits by flying regularly with Delta.

Delta also has three business credit cards with similar benefits to their personal counterparts: the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express and the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card.

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

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Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Additionally, earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Make business travel more rewarding. Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Additionally, earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. Terms and limitations apply
  • Make business travel more rewarding. Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Additionally, earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. Terms and limitations apply
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
Regular APR
17.24% - 26.24% Variable
Credit Needed
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Good/Excellent
Editor's Rating
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Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

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Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Check your first bag for free and save up to $60 on a round trip Delta flight.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy 20% savings on eligible in-flight purchases in the form of a statement credit with the American Express Delta Card.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases. Miles don’t expire. ,Terms and limitations apply
  • Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Check your first bag for free and save up to $60 on a round trip Delta flight.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy 20% savings on eligible in-flight purchases in the form of a statement credit with the American Express Delta Card.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases. Miles don’t expire. ,Terms and limitations apply
Annual Fee
$195 ($250 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
Regular APR
17.24% - 26.24% Variable
Credit Needed
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Good/Excellent
Editor's Rating
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Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

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Earn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • With Miles Boost®, you can earn 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 or more in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn an additional 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs after you spend $60,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year for a total of 30,000 bonus miles and 30,000 MQMs. Starting January 30, 2020, you will no longer earn bonus miles with this benefit.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • Enter Delta Sky Club® at no cost and bring up to two guests for an exclusive rate of $29 per person per visit.
  • Terms and limitations apply
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • With Miles Boost®, you can earn 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 or more in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn an additional 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs after you spend $60,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year for a total of 30,000 bonus miles and 30,000 MQMs. Starting January 30, 2020, you will no longer earn bonus miles with this benefit.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • Enter Delta Sky Club® at no cost and bring up to two guests for an exclusive rate of $29 per person per visit.
  • Terms and limitations apply
Annual Fee
$450 ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020)
Regular APR
17.24% - 26.24% Variable
Credit Needed
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Good/Excellent
Editor's Rating
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Delta Million Miler status

Million miler status

Million Miler status is similar to lifetime status, although Delta makes no guarantees about the longevity of the program. If you earn 1 million Medallion Qualifying Miles throughout your lifetime, you'll get complimentary Silver Medallion status every year. Earning 2 million miles gets you Gold Medallion status and 4 million miles gets you Platinum status. You'll also get a special gift for each million-mile mark.

Delta 360° status

This is Delta's "secret" status level, a step above Diamond Medallion status. It's a so-called secret because it's invitation-only, and Delta doesn't publish the requirements for getting a Delta 360° invitation, nor does it publish the benefits. The airline simply states that the program is for "top SkyMiles members" and based on "your overall investment with Delta."

Delta status match challenge

Delta runs a Medallion status match challenge designed for frequent flyers who are considering switching their loyalty to Delta but unsure if the benefits will pay off. If you currently hold elite status with another airline, Delta will match your status within its Medallion program for three months, during which you have the chance to keep that status by completing the challenge.

Delta status match challenge

As the chart on Delta's website indicates, the status challenge requires you to fly and spend above a certain threshold, unless you can obtain an MQD waiver.

Delta's Reclaim My Status program

Delta's Reclaim My Status program allows you to reclaim a status you once held with Delta for three months, with the opportunity to earn that status again for an extended period of time. If you succeed, you'll keep the status you earned until Jan. 31, 2021. This program is similar to its Medallion status match challenge, except that it's geared toward former Delta frequent flyers whose travel slowed down due to life events rather than frequent flyers who are loyal to competitors.

Reclaim Delta status

As you can see from the table on Delta's website, the requirements for maintaining status past three months are the same as the requirements for Delta's status match challenge, except you may achieve Diamond status.

Do Delta miles expire?

It's worth mentioning that Delta SkyMiles never expire, even if your account is inactive for long periods of time. This is a rarity among loyalty programs.

Final thoughts

Delta's Medallion program stands out from the rest in ways both good and bad. The requirements for Medallion status can be confusing, but there are several ways to achieve it, meaning more flyers have a shot a making it.

Once you achieve Medallion status, it's immensely valuable, with Gold and Platinum offering excellent money-saving perks and the jump to Diamond providing some of the best benefits in the industry.

The biggest downside is that SkyMiles are often devalued in comparison to other airline miles due to the fact that Delta doesn't publish an award chart. However, they never expire, so you can sit on them until you find a good redemption.

Overall, the Delta Medallion program is easily one of the best airline loyalty programs.

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