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 2012. The Medallion Qualification Miles that you purchase will post to your balance at the end of 2011.
This promotion is effective through December 15th, and you may purchase up to 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 2013 status.
The Medallion Qualification Miles pricing options are as follows:
- 2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles for $295.00
- 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles for $495.00
- 7,500 Medallion Qualification Miles for $695.00
- 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles for $895.00
Should you take advantage of this offer? That depends…
Let us say that you decide to purchase 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles for $895.00. That prices out at almost nine cents per Medallion Qualification Mile — or $0.0895 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 2011 where the cost of the flight is eight 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.
Then again, there is a reason why this promotion was announced today: with few exceptions, it would be incredibly difficult — but certainly not impossible by any means — to secure a lower threshold for Medallion Qualification Miles before the end of 2011. Let us use Los Angeles to Sydney as an example for a round-trip flight on Delta Air Lines, leaving December 8 and returning December 15 at a total cost of $1,392.60, including all taxes and fees, for 14,976 Medallion Qualification Miles. That is a threshold of slightly greater than nine cents per Medallion Qualification Mile, but you get to visit Australia for a few days and you are not limited to earning up to 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.
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…
…and let us not forget the option of earning Medallion Qualification Miles with the affinity cards of Delta Air Lines offered by American Express, where one can earn Medallion Qualification Miles based on spend. If you believe you can spend enough before the end of the year to earn Medallion Qualification Miles on goods and services you would have had to purchase anyway, then the annual fee of up to $450.00 to earn up to 30,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 30,000 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles is certainly a better deal.
As I said, 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.
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.