When Will My Delta Medallion Elite Miles Roll Over to 2018?

Jan 9, 2018

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Now that 2018 is underway, it’s time to take stock of your plans for elite status in the new year. But first, when will you know where you stand right now? That’s what TPG reader Gabriel wants to know about his Delta rollover elite miles…

I had about 5,000 or 6,000 Delta MQMs over the Gold threshold by year end, so I wanted to see if those rollover or not? They aren’t reflected in my account at the moment, but would they only do so had I actually met the $6,000 MQD spend threshold for Gold?

TPG Reader Gabriel

There are a couple of parts to this question. First, for those who might not know how Delta’s system works, the airline allows you to roll over your elite miles — known as Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) — if you earn extra MQMs over and above the elite tier you qualified for in the previous year. For example, if you earned 56,000 MQMs in 2017 and qualified for Gold Medallion status with 50,000 of those MQMs, you’d be able to roll over the extra 6,000 MQMs to 2018, giving you a head start on earning status this year.

If you haven’t seen your rollover MQMs yet for 2018, don’t panic. Delta began depositing rollover miles in elite member accounts on Monday, January 8, and the system usually starts with Diamond Medallions and then goes down the line to Platinums, Golds and then Silvers. So it may be 7-10 days for everyone to get their rollover miles. In fact, Delta says it could theoretically take up to two weeks, though if you haven’t seen your miles show up by January 20 or so, you might want to give the airline a call.

However, in your case, Gabriel, I have both good news and bad news. The bad news is that Delta elites only get rollover miles above the tier they actually qualified for. So if you didn’t make the $6,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) requirement for Gold Medallion — or you didn’t reach $25,000 in spend on one of the Delta Amex cards, such as the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express — you won’t get the 6,000 extra miles you earned above 50,000 MQMs.

The good news is that if you did qualify for Silver Medallion with just $3,000 in MQDs and 25,000 MQMs, you’ll actually get all the rollover miles above the Silver threshold of 25,000 MQMs. That means instead of 6,000 rollover MQMs, you should get 31,000 rollover MQMs! And with those rollover miles, you’ve already reached your MQM requirement for Silver Medallion for next year, though you’ll still need to reach the MQD requirement to earn that status again.

So look for those rollover miles in the next week or so, Gabriel, and thanks for the question. If you’re a TPG reader who’d like us to answer a question of your own, tweet us at @thepointsguy, message us on Facebook or email us at info@thepointsguy.com.

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This story has been amended to clarify that reaching either spend threshold between the $6,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars requirement for Gold Medallion or $25,000 in spend on one of the Delta Amex cards is needed — not both. 

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