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Delta Status Accelerator - 2021/2022 Skymiles Year

Delta Status Accelerator - 2021/2022 Skymiles Year

Old Mar 31, 21, 8:06 am
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Delta Status Accelerator - 2021/2022 Skymiles Year

Delta rolled out its medallion accelerator program this morning. 1.5x MQMs, MQS, and MQDs on flights through the end of the year!

https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles...on-accelerator
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:23 am
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Imagine all how those DL flyers who flew between Jan. 1-April 1 feel now that all that travel did not receive the MQD bonus?! Luckily, I did not fly much those first few months (largely because there was no in flight service), and now most of my DL flights are after April 10, when the bonus applies and a (slightly) higher level of service resumes in flight
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:26 am
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Delta Status Accelerator - 2021/2022 Skymiles Year

https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles...on-accelerator

Might as well start a new thread on this. Highlights are basically that you earn 50% more MQM and MQD on economy flights from April through December, and 75% more on premium cabin (including Delta comfort). For those aiming for Diamond, this seems to imply about $8,600 in premium spend to reach 15,000 MQD, or $10,000 in economy spend to reach 15,000 MQD. Award flights also appear to qualify for status as well now.

EDIT - Mods, feel free to rename the title to 2022 if appropriate
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:32 am
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oh wow.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:33 am
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Very nice indeed. Finally a reason to really use that accumulated stash of SkyPesos.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by unitedbusiness View Post
Imagine all how those DL flyers who flew between Jan. 1-April 1 feel now that all that travel did not receive the MQD bonus?! Luckily, I did not fly much those first few months (largely because there was no in flight service), and now most of my DL flights are after April 10, when the bonus applies and a (slightly) higher level of service resumes in flight
The should have retro'd it to 1/1 and in fact offered 2x to those fliers seeing they were flying when service was at it's lowest.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:51 am
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still, never a fan of MQD, and it is interesting the official value of SkyPesos is 1 cent / mile.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by simonsuo View Post
still, never a fan of MQD, and it is interesting the official value of SkyPesos is 1 cent / mile.
Hansít that been the case for years with Pay with Miles, Upgrade with Miles, etc.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:00 am
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That Delta Vacations package I booked during the Labor Day 2019 promo and had to cancel because of COVID is looking pretty sweet. Based on my reading of this, Iím about to get a whole lot of MQMs and MQDs for my miles that I redeemed at 2 cents per mile into Delta One.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:01 am
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Upgrades on popular routes will be nonexistent for the rest of the year - everyone is now incentivized to buy up to first class, including using miles.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:08 am
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This is a great add. I've got the MQD waiver almost knocked out with my Delta AMEX and had 50k roll so this should make getting the 25k I need to keep Platinum a fairly easy task
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:09 am
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Delta fast-tracks 2022 Medallion Status

https://news.delta.com/delta-fast-tr...-rewarded-more

Delta fast-tracks 2022 Medallion Status for SkyMiles Members with unprecedented ways to get rewarded, more flexibility to enjoy Card benefits.

Delta’s most loyal customers will soon get a lot more out of their travel, thanks to industry-leading new offers that kick off April 1. For the remainder of the year, SkyMiles Members can earn up to 75 percent more toward Medallion Status on nearly every Delta flight, including Award Travel – a first-ever for the industry.

“Our customers supported us through the most difficult year in our history, and as we welcome them back, we want to help their travel count for even more,” said Dwight James, S.V.P., Customer Engagement & Loyalty and CEO, Delta Vacations. “We sincerely appreciate how much our customers value their Status, and these industry-leading offers will ensure Medallion Members can continue to enjoy those benefits for flights now and in the future.”

As part of these new program offers, which apply to Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs):
  • For the very first time and exclusive to Delta, Award Travel (inclusive of Miles + Cash) is eligible for Status earn.
  • All SkyMiles Members will earn at least 50 percent more on Delta tickets* (includes Pay with Miles, Award Travel and Delta Vacation packages).
  • Members will earn an additional 25 percent – for a total of 75 percent – on purchases of all premium fare products (Delta One, Delta Premium Select, First Class and Delta Comfort+) and post-purchase upgrades (cash or miles).
These bonuses will be credited to customers’ accounts for a seamless experience. Learn more on delta.com.

Delta was the first airline to extend 2020 Medallion Status into 2021 and the only airline to offer Rollover MQMs to give customers a head start on 2022 Status in response to the impact of COVID-19 on travel. Delta also recently announced improvements to Upgrade Certificates, making them more rewarding and easier to use.

More rewards and time to enjoy Delta SkyMiles American Express Card benefits

Delta and Amex are also extending the following unused and active travel benefits through June 30, 2022, giving customers additional time to enjoy their benefits. These extensions will happen automatically over the coming weeks, with no action needed from customers.
  • Delta SkyMiles Gold Card Members who earn a $100 Delta Flight Credit from January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 will have the expiration date extended to June 30, 2022.
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve Card Members with unused Companion Certificates as of March 31, 2021 or Companion Certificates issued from April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021 will have the expiration date extended to book and fly by June 30, 2022.
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members with Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes issued from January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 will have the expiration dates extended to June 30, 2022.
Over the last year, Consumer and Business Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve American Express Card Members have enjoyed even more ways to earn miles, with limited-time offers and special 2021 Status Boost offers that accelerate MQM earn through everyday spend. Delta and American Express are also rewarding new Card Members with more miles to kickstart their next adventure.

*Flights operated by airlines other than Delta and tickets included as part of a travel package where the ticket price is not disclosed (other than Delta Vacations packages) are excluded from the promotion.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by Adelphos View Post
Upgrades on popular routes will be nonexistent for the rest of the year - everyone is now incentivized to buy up to first class, including using miles.
Perhaps, but it's only an 0.25 difference between economy and premium (1.5X vs 1.75X) and you can get the 1.75X for booking comfort+ without buying up to F.
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:14 am
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this will not move the needle for MQD challenged medallions
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Old Mar 31, 21, 9:17 am
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For international fights, I wonder if booking partner-coded flights in J, specifically "core" partners (e.g., KL, AF, AZ, AM, etc.), is generally still more lucrative in terms of MQMs and MQDs.

With the addition of 1.5 or 1.75 times the MQMs/MQD/RDMs on DL-coded flights, it adds another layer of complexity
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