With the announced changes, would be great to get everyone to list their 2013 status level along with their 2012 Delta spend, how many MQM's they earned, etc. then look back and see where we all stand with MQD's.
2013 Status & MQM's
2012 DL/Skyteam Spend
Estimated MQD - subtract taxes and non DL coded/ticketed flights. Or just count it all if, given the new policy, you would have purchased it coded/ticketed differently.
Notes/Extra: give an idea of what the travel mostly was (i.e. domestic econ, domestic first, international econ/business, mileage runs, mix of a few, etc)
2013 Status: Diamond, 128k MQMs including 12k rollover.
2012 Spend: $10,625 (includes $600 in change fees)
Estimated MQD: 8,185 (subtracted change fees and taxes. all flights would have qualified)
Notes: all domestic, with one hawaii RT. 70% is on LUT fares, 25% on KQH fares, 5% on discounted first. No mileage runs, all business travel except for Hawaii. In all it was 24 round trips out of SFO/SJC mostly to midwest or east coast locations.
Based on my total spend (what counts to ME), I'm spending $0.092 per MQM. Delta will credit me for $0.071 per MQM, leaving me well short. I'll need to spend roughly 30% more per ticket in order to qualify.
Notes: All domestic from regional airport, where .10cpm+ is pretty normal due to high fares. Most on LUT fares. Two trips to west coast on M fares and 2 late booked Y fares for last minute trips to CHI. No international or Hawaii last year.
MQD ended up being closer to the threshold than I expected. I usually make the extra miles on my DL Reserve, so it probably won't matter, but it's good to know, as I need to make sure I make it now even if the earned MQMs just rollover.
DM, 145K MQM in 2012 (21K carryover), $11,000 spend, about $8K MQD
I funnel my CC $ all to Hilton AmEx, as diamond room upgrades are a huge benefit to my mostly leisure travel. I'd have to think long and hard about shifting all that spend to DL AmEx, since I can't split and make the thresholds.