Delta Medallion Status offers excellent benefits such as rollover MQMs, seat upgrades, complimentary preferred and Comfort+ seats, priority check-in, free checked bags, and much more. Medallion status can be obtained flying Delta Airlines and most of Delta's airline partners.
How To Obtain Medallion Status
Medallion Status is based on Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs), and Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) when traveling on Delta and with most airline partners. Every Medallion tier will require that you spend enough money with Delta (MQDs) AND either fly a certain amount of miles (MQMs) or a certain amount of segments (MQSs).
Medallion Qualification Miles
Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) are earned based on the distance you fly and the fare class of your ticket. These miles are not the same as the Delta SkyMiles you earn flying Delta that you can redeem for awards. Basic Main Cabin tickets will earn MQMs based on that distance while selecting higher fare classes such as Comfort+ or First/Business Class will multiply your MQMs giving you a more points. So booking higher fares, will get you more MQMs.
MQMs can also be earned running heavy spend through both the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card along with their business versions Delta SkyMiles Business Platinum and Delta SkyMiles Business Reserve. The Skymile Platinum cards allow you to earn up to 20,000 MQMs and 20,000 bonus SkyMiles after $50,000 in spend while the Skymile Reserve cards allow you to earn up to 30,000 MQMs and 30,000 bonus SkyMiles after $60,000 in spend. That's up to 100,000 MQMs you can earn just through heavy spend through these four cards.
Medallion Qualification Segments
Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) can only be earned through flying. One segment is considered to be a flight between two destinations. So if you're flying from Point A to Point B, this will count as one segment. If you're flying from Point A to Point C and have a layover at Point B, this will count as two segments since you're flying A to B and then B to C. Round trips will usually be at least 2 segments assuming you have no layover.
Medallion Qualification Dollars
Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) is the amount of money you're spending with Delta and partners on the base fare of flights. For Delta flights, this amount is usually listed as 'Price Per Passenger'. You do not earn MQDs on taxes, fees, and charges.
Delta credit cardholders can get the MQD Qualification waived when they run heavy spend through Delta SkyMiles credit card(s). Cardholders that spend $25,000 or more on their card(s) during the calendar year will have their MQD Qualification waived for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Medallion Status. Those who spend $250,000 or more will be able to get their MQD Qualification for Diamond Medallion Status waived. Do note that the Blue Delta SkyMiles Card is not eligible for the MQD Waiver. However, if you have any of the other six Delta SkyMiles Cards, purchases made on the Blue Delta SkyMiles Card will continue to count towards the MQD Waiver. The purchases on these cards do not have to be airline related. It just has to be eligible purchases. So if you're able to run heavy spend, I'd recommend putting it on either the Delta Platinum or Delta Reserve cards since you will also earn bonus MQMs and SkyMiles whereas the Gold Cards and Blue Card will not earn you any additional bonuses.
Delta Airline Partners
The amount of Skymiles, MQMs, MQDs, and MQSs you earn will depend on the airline. You can earn status with Delta Airlines when flying any of the airlines listed below. Airlines marked with an
- Aeroflot S
- Aerolíneas Argentinas S
- Aeroméxico S
- Air Europa S
- Air France S
- Alitalia S
- China Airlines S
- China Eastern Airlines S
- China Southern Airlines S
- Czech Airlines S
- Delta Air Lines S
- Garuda Indonesia S
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Kenya Airways S
- KLM S
- Korean Air S
- Middle East Airlines S
- Saudia S
- TAROM S
- Vietnam Airlines S
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Australia
- Xiamen Airlines S
General Member Benefits
Signing up for status will give you the ability to earn and redeem SkyMiles. You can head over to the Delta Login Screen to sign up for an account. General members will earn 5 miles per $1 spent.
Delta Silver Medallion
The first tier in Delta's Frequent Flyer program is Silver Medallion Status. Silver is obtained after spending $3,000 Medallion Qualification meeting both of the following requirements:
- 25,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) -OR- 30 Medallion Qualifying Segments
- and $3,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars -OR- MQD Waiver
Once you meet both requirements, you will acquire Silver Medallion Status which comes with the following benefits:
- 7x Skymiles
- Rollover MQMs
- Seat Upgrades (24hrs)
- Complimentary Preferred Seats
- Priority Check-In
- Priority Boarding (Zone 1)
- Free Checked Bag
- Save on CLEAR Membership
- Hertz Gold Plus Benefits
- Priority Waitlist
- SkyTeam Elite Status
- Phone Line Priority
- Delta Vacations Discount
Delta Silver Medallion can be very useful for any common Delta flyer. You'll earn 7 SkyMiles per $1 spent on all Delta flights which is a 2 mile earning over basic members. You will be able to choose preferred seats for free and be eligible to receive complimentary seat upgrades within 24 hours of your flight.
As a Delta Silver Medallion member, you'll also be given priority check-in at many airports and priority boarding. While priority boarding can be obtained by holding just about any Delta SkyMiles credit card, priority check-in can be very beneficial for busy airports as it has worked in my favor many times since the Sky Priority line is typically a lot shorter than the basic check-in line.
Delta Silver Medallion members receive a discount on CLEAR Membership. Members will save $100 bring it down to $79 annually (normally $179 for non-Medallion members). This allows you to speed through security at several large airports throughout the states as well as certain stadiums and events. It basically allows you to skip the long line of passengers waiting to get through security. When combined with TSA PreCheck, you can get through some of the longest security lines in a matter of 3-5 minutes. Personally, as a holder of CLEAR and one who frequents several of the airports that have it, membership in the program has been very useful and worth the cash dished out.
Another great benefit of obtaining elite status with Delta is that you and others traveling on your itinerary will be able to check a complimentary bag for free. This can save you $25 per one-way flight and is a perk that can save you hundreds. If you don't have Silver Medallion Status, you can pick up the Delta SkyMiles Gold Card which grants complimentary checked bags. The card has a $95 annual fee, but it pays for itself after two round-trips and even faster if you have friends or family with you.
Lastly, another benefit that's worth noting is the Rollover MQMs benefit. If you're unable to hit the next tier of Delta Medallion Status, any excess MQMs that you've earned will rollover into the next year. So if you earn Silver Medallion Status and end up with 35,000 MQMs at the end of the year, the extra 10,000 MQMs that you've earned will rollover into next year. This starts you at 10,000 MQMs in January meaning you would only need 15,000 more MQMs to re-qualify for Silver Medallion Status. This is a great way to continuously hold status with Delta.
Delta Gold Medallion
The second tier in Delta's Frequent Flyer program is Gold Medallion Status. Gold is obtained after meeting the following requirements:
- 50,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) -OR- 60 Medallion Qualifying Segments
- and $6,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars -OR- MQD Waiver
Once you meet those qualifications, you will receive Delta Gold Medallion Status. Gold comes with the benefits of Silver Medallion along with the following additional benefits listed below:
- 8x Skymiles
- Seat Upgrades (72hrs)
- Priority Boarding (Zone Sky)
- Waived Same-Day Confirmed Fees
- Waived Same-Day Standby Fees
- Expedited Baggage Service
- Hertz Five Star Status
Delta Gold Medallion status bumps up the value of some Delta Silver perks while also offering benefits that can save even more money when flying Delta. You will earn an additional mile per $1 spent for a total of 8 SkyMiles when flying Delta and be eligible for complimentary seat upgrades 72 hours before your flight which is a full 2-days before Silver members have their chance.
If your plans change and your flight no longer lines up with your itinerary, you can enjoy waived same-day confirm fees and waived same-day standby fees. This can essentially save you hundreds of dollars if you and anyone flying with you may need to change flights.
Gold members will also be given Hertz Five Star Status in the Hertz Gold Plus program. This offers additional points and other benefits when renting with Hertz which could be beneficial if you don't already have status.
Delta Platinum Medallion
The third tier in Delta's Frequent Flyer program is Platinum Medallion Status. Platinum is obtained after meeting the following requirements:
- 75,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) -OR- 100 Medallion Qualifying Segments
- and $9,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars -OR- MQD Waiver
Once you have hit those thresholds, you will have the honor of receive Delta Platinum Medallion status. This status comes with the perks of Delta Gold Medallion Status along with the following benefits:
- 9x Skymiles
- Seat Upgrades (120hrs)
- Choice Benefit
- Waived Change Fees For Award Travel
- Priority Boarding (Sky Priority)
- VIP Phone Line
- Hertz President's Circle Status
Delta Platinum Members will earn a total of 9 SkyMiles for every $1 spent flying Delta which is yet another increase of one Skymile between Medallion tiers.
Platinum members will be eligible for seat upgrades 120 hours (5 days) prior to departure which includes upgrades to Delta One (domestic, day of departure only) and select Aeromexico flights. Unless you're flying from a Delta hub, this benefit will be able to nail you some nice upgraded seats.
One of the big perks of Platinum Medallion Status will be the Choice Benefits perk which allows you to select a specific benefit. The available options are:
- Four Regional Upgrade Certificates
- Gift Silver Medallion Status to a friend or family member
- 20,000 Bonus Miles for yourself, someone else, or a SkyWish charity
- A $200 Delta travel voucher
- A $200 Tiffany & Co. gift card
Platinum Medallion Members will also receive waived fees on flight changes made on award bookings (as in you booked with Skymiles) and complimentary Hertz President's Circle Status which is Hertz's highest tier in their Gold Plus Rewards program.
Delta Diamond Medallion
The highest tier in Delta's Frequent Flyer program is Diamond Medallion Status. Diamond is reached after meeting booth of the following requirements:
- 125,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) -OR- 140 Medallion Qualifying Segments
- and $15,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars -OR- MQD Waiver
Once you have met both of those requirements, you will become Diamond. Diamond Medallion Status comes with the perks of Platinum Medallion along with the following additional benefits:
- 1x Skymiles
- Seat Upgrades (120hrs, Priority)
- Three Choice Benefits
- Complimentary CLEAR Membership
- Priority Boarding
Delta Diamond Medallion members will earn a whopping total of 11 SkyMiles per $1 spent flying Delta which is a 120% bonus in comparison to a basic member. At a value of 1.2 cents per Skymile, you're looking at around a 13% return on your Delta spend which doesn't include the additional miles you can earn with fare class bonuses and credit cards that are good for Delta spend.
As a Diamond you'll be one of the first to board the aircraft and be eligible for seat upgrades 120 hours prior to departure. You will be given priority over all Platinum Medallion members, but Diamond Medallion members that have purchased tickets in a higher fare class will have the most priority, followed by any Diamond members that have the Delta Reserve Card or Delta Business Reserve Card.
Diamond members will be able to select three Choice Benefits. This includes a few additional options over what Platinum members can choose. The available options for Diamond members are:
- Delta SkyClub Membership
- Individual Membership
- Executive Membership (costs 2 Choice Benefits)
- Delta SkyClub Guest Pass
- Upgrade Certificates
- 4 Global Upgrades
- 8 Regional Upgrades
- 2 Global & 4 Regional Upgrades
- 25,000 Bonus Miles for yourself, someone else, or a SkyWish charity
- Gift Gold Medallion Status to a friend or family member
- A $200 Delta travel voucher
- A $200 Tiffany & Co. gift card
Delta Diamond Medallion members will receive complimentary CLEAR Membership which is a savings of $179. As previously mentioned, this is a useful benefit for those who frequently fly out of airports that feature CLEAR. Since it's complimentary, I highly recommend signing up if you end up with Diamond status.
Delta Medallion Status offers many great benefits to anyone who frequently deals with Delta regardless of whether you end up with the lowest status of Silver or the highest status of Diamond. If you're aiming for elite status and need a boost, I recommend taking a look at the consumer and/or business Delta Platinum and Reserve Cards. With heavy spend, the personal and business Delta Platinum card can earn up to 20,000 MQMs while the personal and business Delta Reserve cards can earn up to 30,000 MQMs. As a side note, those with the personal or business Delta Reserve card will also be given higher priority that other Medallions in the same tier as you when it comes to seat upgrades.
If you fly Delta several times per year, I recommend holding at least one of their cards as they can all provide some type of benefit regardless of your Medallion level.