Delta boosts elite status boosts for 2021

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In 2021, Platinum and Reserve Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members will receive a 25% boost to their status boosts.  Both cards offer “status boosts” towards elite status at set amounts of spend.  In 2021, those boosts will be 25% bigger than usual.

Status Boosts in 2021

The following bullets show the number of MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) earned with spend with each of the Delta Platinum & Reserve cards:

Delta Elite Requirements

As a reminder, here are Delta’s elite requirements:

With $25K combined spend on Delta Platinum and/or Reserve cards, earn a MQD waiver for Silver, Gold, or Platinum elite status. Delta requires $250K of combined spend to earn a Diamond MQD waiver.

My Take

While this is better than nothing, taken alone this seems to me to be far too little to encourage extra spend.  That said, I think it is likely that Delta will in some way reduce elite status requirements in 2021.  They’ve already announced that MQMs earned this year will roll over into next, but I’m also hoping to see a reduction in MQD requirements and MQD waiver requirements (especially for Diamond status).  Only time will tell.

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