Effective immediately, Delta Air Lines announced today a limited-time promotion where one can purchase Medallion Qualification Miles to qualify for elite SkyMiles Medallion status for 2013. The Medallion Qualification Miles that you purchase will post to your balance at the end of 2012.
The good news is that — when compared to last year — the opportunity to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles has been extended by approximately a month. Last year, the period of time was at the end of November through December 15, 2011; whereas this year the period of time for this promotion is effective between November 15, 2012 and December 31, 2012 — triple the amount of time for you to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles.
The Medallion Qualification Miles pricing options are as follows:
- 2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles for $395.00
- 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles for $595.00
- 7,500 Medallion Qualification Miles for $795.00
- 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles for $995.00
You may purchase up to a maximum of 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles — and any Medallion Qualification Miles that you earn above the desired elite Medallion tier will count as rollover Medallion Qualification Miles towards 2014 status under the current policy of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program.
Should you take advantage of this offer? That depends on how many Medallion Qualification Miles you want or need, how much money you are willing to spend, and what are your circumstances — amongst other variables…
Let us say that you decide to purchase 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles for $995.00. That prices out at almost ten cents per Medallion Qualification Mile — or $0.0995 per Medallion Qualification Mile, to be precise. This means that if you are willing to fly on Delta Air Lines or any of its partner airlines on any flights before the end of 2012 where the cost of the flight is nine cents per Medallion Qualification Mile or less, this offer might not be the most beneficial to you. Furthermore, some FlyerTalk members who embark on “mileage runs” usually will not pay above a certain threshold for Medallion Qualification Miles — three cents per Medallion Qualification Mile is the typical threshold, although some will go higher and others will go lower.
If, however, you do not have the time or inclination to travel, or you cannot find an airfare with a lower threshold suitable to your liking, or if the thought of spending many hours seated in a metal tube with wings when you do not need to do so causes you to shudder, then you might benefit from this promotion.
This is a promotion where Delta Air Lines could add profit to their bottom line with additional revenue by providing another option to you to top off your SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program account with enough Medallion Qualification Miles to either secure the next level of elite Medallion status, or at least help you get there — and there is certainly nothing wrong with what could be a win-win situation for all.
However, some FlyerTalk members believe that the sale of Medallion Qualification Miles will simply swell the ranks of elite frequent fliers traveling as passengers on Delta Air Lines; while others argue that Delta Air Lines gets to sell seats that may otherwise be occupied by “mileage runners” attempting to qualify for elite status for next year.
What do you think?