Delta boosts elite status boosts for 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

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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I’m having a hard time deciding still whether or not to grab the 22,500 MQMs from the Amex promotion. I don’t want to end up getting Platinum by accident in 2021, which would make getting Gold harder in 2022 due to fewer rollover miles.

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Justin Jones

I called to drop my reserve card yesterday, even with the $100 loyalty credit that had already been applied. They offered 50k miles with no spend, so I took it.


This doesn’t do much to incentive me. I am planning to drop my Reserve card. The benefits aren’t there for the cost especially when I’m not in a Delta club every week.

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Greg- in light of the elimination of redeposit fees for international award tickets do you think platinum status is worth it anymore? That’s the main reason I’ve kept spending on Delta Reserve Amex past few years.


Really good question. I have nor searched……are the award ticket changes permanent?


I agree with Gene and Mike. I used to spend $60k per year and was super loyal to Delta, but no more. I’ve only earned 2k pts so far this year in their program.


Now, how about a VERY SIGNIFICANT drop in the CC MQD waiver !


@ Greg — We are already planning to intentionally drop from Diamond to Silver to maximize our rollover to 2022. Delta has stabbed us in the back enough with the mileage devaluations. No Delta credit card spend in 2021. I hope you are reading this Delta. You are now the least trusted of the Big 3 in my book.