Update: The temporary 2021 bonuses mentioned in this post all expired in 2021.
In 2021, Platinum and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card 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 [Expired]
The following bullets show the number of MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) earned with spend with each of the Delta Platinum & Reserve cards:
- Delta Platinum and Delta Platinum Business. For each $25K of calendar year spend (up to $50K), earn 12,500 MQMs in 2021 (usual: 10K MQMs). [Expired]
- Delta Reserve and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card. For each $30K of calendar year spend (up to $120K), earn 18,750 MQMs in 2021 (usual: 15K MQMs) [Expired]
Delta Elite Requirements
As a reminder, here are Delta’s elite requirements:
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.