I’ve acquired my status with American and United Airlines rather cheaply. Last year, I spent about $4k with each airline to pick up 115-125k EQM on each.
An observant FlyerTalker caught a change (now removed) from Delta’s website today, enumerating the revenue component of Delta’s 2014 elite program, entitled “Medallion Qualification Dollars.”
Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) – Coming Next Year
Beginning January 1, 2014, SkyMiles members residing in the United States (excluding Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will qualify for Medallion status based on an additional threshold – the member’s annual spending with Delta, which will be measured by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). Members must also meet the existing Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) qualification criteria.
The threshold ranges from $2,500-$12,500 MQDs depending on Medallion level.
Alternatively, Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers can be waived from the new Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) requirement if they make at least $25,000 in Eligible Purchases within the calendar year.
Delta Points seems… enthusastic about the change. View from the Wing emphasizes the saving grace in labeling this qualification MQD’s: Promotional and bonus rates of MQD earning could easily take the sting out of qualifying.
While I’m glad I do not fly Delta, AA and UA could easily adopt a similar set of qualification requirements.