3,700 MQM short for Silver

Old Dec 17, 18, 6:00 pm
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3,700 MQM short for Silver

Would prefer not to spend $599 for the 5,000 MQM bundle. anyone have suggestions for a mileage run that would achieve this goal for less?
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Old Dec 17, 18, 6:41 pm
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impossible to answer without knowing where you can originate, and what your available travel days are
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Old Dec 17, 18, 6:56 pm
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Welcome to FlyerTalk; when you come back and post the missing information, please add it to this existing thread; thanks. DL/Sky Team: 2017-2018 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed
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Old Dec 17, 18, 7:36 pm
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Silver is not worth reaching to get. Not unless you can do a simple buy-up on an existing trip. I would never hand DL $599 for Silver.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 8:09 pm
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impossible to answer without knowing where you can originate, and what your available travel days are
Sorry, that's what you get from a virgin. My home base is ATL and I can pretty much travel any day for the remainder of the year.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 8:16 pm
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Silver is not worth reaching to get. Not unless you can do a simple buy-up on an existing trip. I would never hand DL $599 for Silver.
Agreed. Totally my fault for delaying until the last minute. I thought about grabbing the amex reserve card deal back in September for the 10K mqm bonus, but spending 3000 in a week now is a bit of a stretch. Wonder if there is a way I could trade 10k regular miles (or appropriate amount) for 3700 mqms with a member that has gifting permission?
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Old Dec 17, 18, 8:39 pm
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As said not worth the money, get an AmEx card for less with similar benefits.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 8:49 pm
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Welcome to FT, GT Hill, we hope you learn a lot here and make some friends!

As described by FlyinHawaiian, you should post in the mileage run thread to get some ideas.

But by the by, you could take a weekend trip to Los Angeles the last weekend of the year for $487. That's 3892 MQMs.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 8:51 pm
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You can usually just buy Silver on eBay for like $250. It's worth pretty much nothing like others have said.
The one nice benefit of the reserve is complimentary access to the club
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Old Dec 17, 18, 9:39 pm
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You can do ATL-LAX for $347.40 on Christmas Day. Not seeing anything cheaper than that. ATL-SNA is $391 on 12/24.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 9:52 pm
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I tend to think you'd be better off snagging the Reserve on Jan 1 and just knocking out the other 15k MQM/$3k MQD early in the year and then have Silver through 2021 and in the interim the perks of the Reserve are virtually the same as being Silver -- especially if you are ATL-based (in which case an upgrade clearing would be a true unicorn)
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Old Dec 17, 18, 11:30 pm
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Originally Posted by GT Hill View Post
Agreed. Totally my fault for delaying until the last minute. I thought about grabbing the amex reserve card deal back in September for the 10K mqm bonus, but spending 3000 in a week now is a bit of a stretch. Wonder if there is a way I could trade 10k regular miles (or appropriate amount) for 3700 mqms with a member that has gifting permission?
The thing is (coming to you from a new Silver), if you get the credit card in January, you instantly have two of the largest benefits, the checked bag and Zone 1 boarding, plus the lounge access for the year at $450 vs $599 for just the MQM boost. I'm not saying that the skypriority bag drop and preferred seating are bad perks, but they aren't $599 good. You can use that money to upgrade to C+ once in a while out of pocket. Or if you don't really care for the lounge the Skymiles Platinum card also has an MQM signup bonus (sometimes if not always), and is only a $195 annual fee. Now you're $400 ahead of the FO buy-up.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 12:45 am
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do you want silver because you have enough travel to justify it next year, or do you want it just because you're actually within spitting distance? out of ATL I would say your chances of F upgrades are almost basically always zero if you are flying at anything considered a normal time. are you even going to travel enough next year to make it worth it? just things to consider before blowing $400 and wasting a day on a plane
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Old Dec 18, 18, 8:50 am
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Sorry, that's what you get from a virgin. My home base is ATL and I can pretty much travel any day for the remainder of the year.
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Welcome aboard!

Also you will learn by reading these boards that ATL is one the most heavily traveled airports by DM/PM/GM skymiles members that you will be competing with for seats and upgrades.

Keep this in mind in your future travels and medallion status decisions.

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Old Dec 18, 18, 1:35 pm
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