September 26, 2017
Delta Increasing Diamond MQD Waiver to $250,000 for 2019

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Delta offers four tiers of elite status-Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Passengers’ elite status level mainly depends on a combination of miles flown (MQM) and dollars spent (MQD) per year. It’s currently possible to use Delta credit cards to obtain a waiver of the MQD requirements. Customers who spend $25,000 in a calendar year on an eligible Delta American Express cards get this waiver for all four level of elite status. Well, Delta just announced a huge change for the Diamond status waiver.

Beginning in 2018, Delta cardholders will have to spend $250,000 in the calendar year to obtain a MQD waiver for Diamond status in 2019. The MQD threshold will remain unchanged for Silver, Gold, and Platinum status ($25,000). While this makes qualifying for Delta Diamond Medallion status much more difficult, it’s still better than what its competition offers.

Delta Domestic First Class

United gives airline spending waivers to co-branded cardholders who spend $25,000 in a calendar year-for up to but not including top-tier elite status (1K). American gives airline spending waivers for co-branded cardholders who spend up to $50,000 in a calendar year-for up to but not including Platinum Pro elite status. They offer no waiver for Platinum Pro (AA) Executive Platinum (AA) and 1K (United) status. Delta remains the only legacy airline to still offer a waiver for top-tier status (Diamond), albeit after a ridiculous $250k in credit card spending.