Buy MQM with miles?

Old Sep 7, 19, 8:54 am
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Buy MQM with miles?

I'm 10,000 MQM short of requalifying for silver next year. I have the MQD. Can I buy the miles I need with skymiles or amex points? Any other strategy besides mileage runs?
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Old Sep 7, 19, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by RBirns View Post
I'm 10,000 MQM short of requalifying for silver next year. I have the MQD. Can I buy the miles I need with skymiles or amex points? Any other strategy besides mileage runs?
You could buy your mileage run ticket with “pay with miles” and earn MQMs that way.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 9:15 am
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You could buy your mileage run ticket with “pay with miles” and earn MQMs that way.
However, OP would need to actually fly the ticket, not just buy it, to get the MQMs.

For about 10,000 MQMs, OP might be able to buy a discounted PS or D1 ticket through the AmEx IAP and pay (partially or fully) with AmEx MR points. AFAIK this requires a regular Plat or Centurion charge card.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 9:28 am
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However, OP would need to actually fly the ticket, not just buy it, to get the MQMs.

For about 10,000 MQMs, OP might be able to buy a discounted PS or D1 ticket through the AmEx IAP and pay (partially or fully) with AmEx MR points. AFAIK this requires a regular Plat or Centurion charge card.
can you explain that a little more?
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Old Sep 7, 19, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by RBirns View Post
I'm 10,000 MQM short of requalifying for silver next year. I have the MQD. Can I buy the miles I need with skymiles or amex points? Any other strategy besides mileage runs?
You could keep an eye out for a credit card that has 10k MQM as part of the bonus offer.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 9:39 am
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DL Reserve for Business has a 10,000 MQM bonus if you spend $4,000 on the card. No need to fly anywhere.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 10:11 am
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I bought a ticket with Sky miles, but didn't get MQM.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by Love_Travel View Post
I bought a ticket with Sky miles, but didn't get MQM.
AWARD tickets don't earn RDMs/MQMs/MQDs but tickets done as PAY WITH MILES do as you're booking a regular ticket (no worries about award inventory) and using RDMs to pay for part or all of the fare (or upgrade cost) at a rate of approximately one cent per mile. They're very different even though in both cases you're literally using your miles to get a ticket.
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so it is already september. and you're only 60% of the way. is your flying going to increase so much next year that having silver will be worth going through the hassle of whatever you're trying to do here?
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Old Sep 7, 19, 11:21 am
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so it is already september. and you're only 60% of the way. is your flying going to increase so much next year that having silver will be worth going through the hassle of whatever you're trying to do here?
Yes, I expect to fly more next year.
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In December, Delta normally does have the offer for one to buy MQMs. You can pay for them on an AMEX and then pay the charge off/down using AMEX points
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Old Sep 7, 19, 5:31 pm
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In December, Delta normally does have the offer for one to buy MQMs. You can pay for them on an AMEX and then pay the charge off/down using AMEX points
IIRC these offers, with their personalized prices, aren't announced until January, when it's too late to otherwise earn MQMs etc. for the previous year. They also tend to be very expensive for the value of the status that one is buying this way, although any excess MQMs do become rollover for the new year. Also, there's no guarantee that DL will continue to do this.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by OneHourPhoto View Post
In December, Delta normally does have the offer for one to buy MQMs. You can pay for them on an AMEX and then pay the charge off/down using AMEX points
Ultra expensive!
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Old Sep 7, 19, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
IIRC these offers, with their personalized prices, aren't announced until January, when it's too late to otherwise earn MQMs etc. for the previous year. They also tend to be very expensive for the value of the status that one is buying this way, although any excess MQMs do become rollover for the new year. Also, there's no guarantee that DL will continue to do this.
Thus my use of the word NORMALLY
And it has begun each year in December, never announced in January
in fact for at least the last few years if not longer, you could still buy MQMs in February to count for the previous year.

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You're better saving the money and not get status and then try and do a status match next year. Silver doesn't really get your much.
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