Now through January 31, 2018 when you sign up for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card by clicking here you can earn 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after making $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. Whats more is that you’ll also receive a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase, also within the first 90 days.
Why This Card?
Anyone who has listened to the podcast will know that for the past couple of years I have put almost all of my non bonus spend on my Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card. The card, which carries an annual fee of $195, has a host of benefits and can get you well on your way towards owning medallion status on Delta. For starters the card gives you your first checked bag free, has no foreign transaction fees, and earns 2x miles on Delta purchases which include; flights, SkyClub memberships, in-flight purchases, and more. Whats more, is that if you’re able to hit certain spending requirements you can actually be well on your way to earning medallion status on Delta which means even more benefits.
Earning Status Through Spend
Typically to earn silver medallion status on Delta you’d have to either fly 30 MQS (medallion qualifying segments) or earn 25,000 MQM (medallion qualifying miles) AND earn $3,000 MQD (medallion qualifying dollars) or meet the MQD waiver which is $25,000. Remember the difference between MQM and SkyMiles is that MQM you can typically only earn while flying, while SkyMiles you can earn in a number of different ways. With the Delta Platinum Amex however, you’re actually able to earn MQMs by spending money on the card. Only the Platinum card and the Delta Reserve ($450 annual fee) have such a benefit. The spending breaks down to:
- 10,000 SkyMiles + 10,000 MQMs after $25,000 in yearly spend
- 10,000 SkyMiles + 10,000 MQMs after $50,000 in yearly spend
So in total, if you’re able to spend the $50,000 you’ll have an extra 20,000 SkyMiles and 20,000 MQMs in your pocket. Those MQMs will put you only 5,000 away from Silver Medallion status on Delta.
While the card can help you earn medallion status without having to fly on Delta, it also has a host of other benefits that make it a card worth considering.
- Annual Companion Certificate
- You’ll receive a domestic main cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your card
- 2x on Delta Purchases
- First checked bag free
- No foreign transaction fees
- No fee for additional card holder
- 20% discount on in flight purchases (food, beverages, and audio headsets)
- $29 SkyClub access
All in all this is a card i’ve had and used extensively over the last 2 years and its a card I would recommend to anyone who values the perks of the card with Delta. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or contact us to keep it confidential.