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Upgrading Mid Year to the Delta Reserve Card - Will My Existing Spending Carry Over?

Upgrading Mid Year to the Delta Reserve Card - Will My Existing Spending Carry Over?

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Old Jan 23, 18, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by jamesteroh View Post
If you've already received a boost your spending starts back at zero. If you would have upgraded the card before hitting the $25K in spend you would have received a 15K MQM boost after your spend was $30K. If you received the 10K boost at $25K spend and have $30K in spend on the card YTD if you put another $25K in spend on the card you'll receive another 15K MQM boost.

I always wait until I have the $50K in spend in before upgrading so I can received two additional boosts but I have a lot of spend in on the card.
This is correct.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by iflyalexair View Post
According to Amex and my discussions with them, this is not supposed to be possible. However, there is on flyertalker who offered anecdotal evidence that he does precisely this. So, take the leap and let us know how it works out. ;-)
I'm not going to risk it I think I figured a work around. One of the card statements closes around the 20th and the other the 7th. I won't downgrade the one that closes on the 7th this year and try to get $50K in spend on the other account before it closes on January 20thish and then upgrade that to a reserve and then downgrade the other card before Feb 7. I'll still have Skyclub access the entire year that way.

I'm surprised Am Ex hasn't put a stop to this but they are probably thankful for all the transaction fees they are collecting on the spend.
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Old Apr 22, 18, 8:07 pm
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Does anyone use the Amex Delta cards to do creative spending at "donationplastics.com" (substitute the somewhat equivalent terms). Is Amex giving miles for those purchases, boosts, waiver? Thx.
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Old Oct 7, 18, 7:02 pm
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I recently heard that it may be possible to start with Reserve at beginning of a year, spend 60k, then downgrade to Platinum in mid-year and spend another 50k.
Is this possible to get 30000 plus 20000 MQM this way?

I am sure the upgrade route works, just not sure about this downgrade route.
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Old Oct 7, 18, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by jrseattle View Post
Does anyone use the Amex Delta cards to do creative spending at "donationplastics.com" (substitute the somewhat equivalent terms). Is Amex giving miles for those purchases, boosts, waiver? Thx.
Yes both boost and waiver for gc.com
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Old Jan 1, 19, 9:53 pm
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What about if I picked Sky Clubs as DM Choice and now have Sky Club with Reserve? Does my DM choice for the remainder of the year (admittedly only a month) convert to the Guest Option? I am guessing not but it would be nice if it was. I do have a need for a guest this month.
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Old Jan 1, 19, 10:49 pm
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Thanks to whoever necro-ed this thread.

I was planning on starting year with Platinum and Reserve (one biz) and then upgrading one and downgrading the other and getting all 8 boosts.

I didn't realize there might be an issue with going down from the Reserve to the Platinum.

This is fixable on my end, but I'd better get it fixed soon.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 6:22 am
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Originally Posted by rogo View Post
Thanks to whoever necro-ed this thread.

I was planning on starting year with Platinum and Reserve (one biz) and then upgrading one and downgrading the other and getting all 8 boosts.

I didn't realize there might be an issue with going down from the Reserve to the Platinum.

This is fixable on my end, but I'd better get it fixed soon.
Let us know if you do reserve to platinum and get the boosts. It would be useful for more anecdotal evidence especially now if people are foregoing choosing the skyclub as a choice benefit.

After moving around through the products, I get the sense that it will be fine and you will get the boosts. Amex’s logic is once you move from one product to the next, you’ve essentially opened a new account (although not actually). So they simply ask: what spend has been achieved and not credited to a boost already.

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Old Jan 2, 19, 10:34 pm
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That seems like awfully risky for me to be the guinea pig on.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by rogo View Post
That seems like awfully risky for me to be the guinea pig on.
Can't disagree. Here's a DM I got from the Skymiles team in 2017:

Originally Posted by SkyMilesTeam
Dear iflyalexair,

Thanks for reaching out to clarify how the Miles Boost benefit works for product transfers. We’d like to clarify that the upgrade scenario does not work in reverse. For example, if a Card Member begins with a Reserve Card and reaches $60k in spend and earns both Miles Boost, then downgrades to the Platinum Card and spends an additional $50k, no additional Miles Boost will be issued by Amex.

Thanks,
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Old Jan 3, 19, 9:03 am
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However, here's what one FT member said:

Originally Posted by milesandpoints
Saw your note on FT: - Just a note is I have been moving between the Platinum and Reserve every year to essentially get 50k MQM's each year (15_15+10+10), but I do it in the reverse order as you. I have the Reserve for Jan through early Summer and then Move to Plat for the rest of the year. I saw where you say you couldn't do it this way, but does seem to work for me. Wondering why you thought that it wound't this way?
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Old Jan 3, 19, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by rogo View Post
That seems like awfully risky for me to be the guinea pig on.
Agree. My paid membership doesn't end until April so I don't need to worry about it this year (It should be for a couple more years but Delta decided to hose diamonds with a paid membership by not extending it) and I'll definitely have of $50K in on my one platinum before then and can upgrade to the reserve but it would be nice in future years to be able to do the reverse. I guess I'll have to keep one of my cards as a reserve until I get the $50K spend in and then downgrade the reserve, only problem is I can get in a LOT of spend in January and don't want to risk that spend not counting towards the reserve spend.

If I have for example $87K in spend in before I upgrade a platinum (just due to waiting on the statement to close for the two 10K MQM booasts) will the additional $20K carry over and count towards my $30K for my 15K MQMs or does the timer start over at zero on the date the card is upgraded. I'm trying to keep my spending on the Am Ex cards limited to $250K total for the diamond waiver just because the value of a skypeso/$ charged isn't that great.
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