Delta Selling Elite Qualifying Miles

As they did last year, Delta will sell you elite qualifying miles again now that the end of the year is approaching, you want to reach the next level of status (rather than banking your ‘leftover’ elite qualifying miles as a head start on next year), and would rather just pay money instead of spending the time to do some incremental flying. The qualifying miles post within 24 hours.

It’s expensive at at least 10 cents a mile, but since it saves you the time of actually flying it could be worthwhile for some.

(HT: Lucky)

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  1. At anything other than the lowest price level, it seems expensive. If you had the time to make the spend and get the MQM, it would make more sense to get the either the Delta AMEX Platinum or Reserve depending on the MQM needed.

  2. It is expensive, but when you consider DL’s tight routing rules and the high base fares in most of its hub cities, this is actually in the ballpark for what flying for the MQM would cost. In competitive coastal markets, where DL’s fares are lower, odds are this is no bargain, but there aren’t nearly as many DL elites as in MSP, DTW, ATL, SLC, etc.

  3. NEWBIE QUESTION: If you buy these miles via Delta but you are an Alaska Airlines mileage plan member, will they count toward Alaska elite status? Assuming “No”, but gotta ask…

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