Is Delta's Status Elevation Promotion Worth the Cost?

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Are you thiiiiiiiis close to reaching the next status level on Delta? Well, they’re offering the opportunity to Elevate Your Status by purchasing a bundle of Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs), and Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQSs).

Let’s say I’m 5,000 MQMs short of reaching my next status level (for this argument I’m going to say that I’ve already reached the MQS threshold). If I want to purchase 5,000 MQMs, it’ll cost me a hefty $999. Is there a better way to reach my coveted status? Better is a relative term I guess if you’re not able to take vacation days or don’t want to fly just to fly, but there is a cheaper way.

I wrote about a mileage run earlier in the week and that’s what I’m going to suggest to you once again. Rather than spend a grand to reach the next status level, you can just hop on a plane and earn it the old fashioned way, for MUCH less. Your home airport might have higher or lower fares than my example, but I can almost guarantee that you’ll pay less than $999 to fly somewhere and back for the miles.

I just checked and I can hop on a plane on Wednesday (that’s right, three days from now), fly to New York, and be back Thursday evening, for just $335.60. That saves me a whopping $663.40 and I get 5,708 MQMs out of the deal. Granted I would have to pay for a hotel for the night in NYC.

Okay fine, the Fairfield Inn New York LaGuardia Airport is $148.08 (including tax) and the Hampton Inn New York LaGuardia Airport is $231. If I stay at the Fairfield, I still save $512.32. You might not even need a hotel stay if you’re going just for a day. Or I could pay a little more for a red-eye flight ($425) and skip the hotel altogether, thus saving me $574.

Get creative and I guarantee you’ll find a less expensive way to Elevate Your Status.

I can purchase 5,000 MQMs for $999

I can purchase 5,000 MQMs for $999

Or I can fly from Sacramento to New York and back on Tuesday for just $335.60, earning me 5,708 MQMs

Or I can fly from Sacramento to New York and back on Tuesday for just $335.60, earning me 5,708 MQMs

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