The Last Ever Delta MQM Rollover


If you earned more Delta MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) in 2023 than were needed for the level of elite status you attained, then the remaining MQMs will have rolled over into 2024. But… Delta no longer measures MQMs at all. Elite status now is based only on MQDs (Medallion Qualifying Dollars) and, going forward, there will no longer be elite rollovers of any kind. So, what can you do with those seemingly useless rolled over MQMs? Delta is offering three options: 1) Convert them to redeemable miles; 2) Convert them to MQDs; or 3) Convert each 100K MQMs into an extra year of elite status. In this post, I’ll show the options and give recommendations for which you should pick (selections must be made by December 31, 2024)…

MQM Conversion Options

When you log into your Delta account and go to the My SkyMiles page, and if you have rolled over MQMs, you should now see an option to Convert Now. If you don’t convert them by December 31, 2024, they’ll all be converted to MQDs.

Here are the choices for converting your MQMs into something useful…

Extend your 2024 status (each 100K = 1 extra year)

If you rolled over 100,000 MQMs or more, you choose to extend your 2024 status for up to 1 year for each 100,000 MQMs you rolled over. Keep in mind that your 2024 status is the status you earned in 2023 for the 2024 elite year. This is the status you have early in 2024 due to your 2023 activity. If you earn a higher level of status in 2024, you can’t then use this to extend that higher level status.

Convert MQMs to MQDs (10 to $1) or to redeemable miles (2 to $1) or to a combination thereof

As shown in the image below, you can convert your rollover MQMs (including any leftover after doing a status extension) to MQDs, miles, or both. You can choose to convert all MQMs to MQDs, or 75% to MQDs & 25% to miles, or 50% to each, or 25% MQDs & 75% miles, or 100% miles.


For most people, your best bet is to wait until late 2024 to make your selection. In most cases, you should wait to see how many MQDs you’ve earned during the year before deciding which portion of your rollover will go to status and which to miles.

Here are a couple of examples of why it makes sense to wait:

  • If you’re considering converting 100,000 rollover MQMs to extending status for a year, it makes sense to wait because you may achieve that level of status anyway, without using your 100,000 MQMs that way. Or, more likely, you might find by the end of the year that you’re less than 10,000 MQDs from the level of status you want. You could then convert fewer than 100,000 MQMs into MQDs and achieve the same result; and with the remaining MQMs, you can get redeemable miles.
  • It won’t be until near the end of the year that you’ll know how many more MQDs you need for the level of status you want. It would be a shame to convert MQMs to MQDs before then because you might end up either with more MQDs than you need (and since there’s no longer any rollover, those would be wasted), or you might end up with too few and then they’ll all be wasted and you could have had redeemable miles instead.

And here’s a couple of scenarios where it might make sense to go ahead and make the choice now…

  • If converting MQMs to MQDs will get you to a higher level of status than you have now, and if you want to take advantage of that status right away, then converting sooner makes sense. For example, suppose you currently have Platinum Medallion status and you have enough MQMs to convert to MQDs to get you to Diamond status. In that case, you might want to go ahead and do that so that you can enjoy Diamond benefits right away (including Choice Benefits like Global Upgrade Certificates).
  • If you earned Diamond status for 2024 and have 200,000 or more MQMs that rolled over and if you’re certain (like I am) that you won’t earn Diamond status again this year then there’s little downside to extending your Diamond status for multiple years right away. Convert any remaining MQMs to miles since MQDs won’t do you any good. On the other hand, even though there’s no downside to picking now, there’s also little upside other than ensuring that you don’t forget later on.

Delta Elite Requirements

Here are the requirements for reaching each level of status in 2024. This may be helpful for deciding how many MQMs to convert to MQDs:

a comparison of different colors

To reach each elite tier, Delta SkyMiles members must earn the stated number of MQDs shown above. MQDs reset each calendar year. MQDs = “Medallion Qualifying Dollars.” Medallion Qualifying Dollars are the sum total of your base-fare spend (e.g. doesn’t include taxes) on Delta-marketed flights. Additional Details:

  • Award Tickets: Flights booked with Delta SkyMiles for Delta’s own flights earn MQDs. Award tickets earn MQDs at a rate of 1 MQD per 100 SkyMiles redeemed (e.g. 1 cent per SkyMile).
  • Partner Flights: Paid flights booked on Delta partners earn MQDs as long as the member’s Delta SkyMiles number is attached to the ticket. MQDs are calculated as a percentage of miles flown rather than the amount paid. Details, by partner, can be found here.
  • Exception Fares: Flights booked as part of vacation packages, cruise packages, consolidator fares, etc. are considered “exception fares”.  With these flights, you’ll earn miles based on the distance flown. Details can be found here.

I expect that the number of MQDs required for each level of status will increase in 2025.

Results of my last great mileage run

Late last year when we learned that Delta was going to offer the option to extend status for a year for each 100,000 MQMs rolled over, my wife and I decided to go big. Really big. Until 2024, it was possible to earn MQMs with big spend on Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve cards. We pulled out every trick in the book for spending money and getting it back and maxed out the MQM earning potential of all of our Delta cards. The idea was that this last great mileage run would be our last ever. We would each earn Diamond status and then extend that status for multiple years. Additionally, we’d each get closer to lifetime Platinum status which you get once you become a 2 Million Miler. Starting in 2024, only flights add to your million miler status, but last year and before all MQMs counted.

You can read details about these pursuits here:

And here are the results of those last great mileage runs:

  • We each have Diamond status
  • My wife has enough MQMs to extend status for 5 more years (ending January 31, 2030)
  • I have enough MQMs to extend status for 4 more years (ending January 31, 2029)
  • My wife has 1,920,391 lifetime miles. She only needs about 80,000 more butt-in-seat miles to get to 2 million miles and lifetime Platinum status. I expect that she’ll get there very easily within the next few years.
  • I have 1,746,260 lifetime miles. I need a little over 250,000 more butt-in-seat miles to get to lifetime Platinum status. It’s pretty unlikely that I’ll get there before my Diamond status runs out, but I might be very close. We’ll see!

My MQM conversion options:

My wife’s MQM conversion options:

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Greg – the article stated “going forward, there will no longer be elite rollovers of any kind” – does that mean excess MQDs won’t roll forward from 2024 into 2025? That we would lose any excess MQDs beyond earning a certain status level?


I will let Greg correct me if I’m wrong, but yes, you would lose excess MQDs.


So if I made DM in 2024 and have 108,000 MQMs that I can convert to extend DM status through 2025, if I make DM status for 2025 by earning 28K MQD in 2024, could I convert the 100K MQMs I have to extend DM status through 2026? Or is it just through 2025 either way?


If you rollover your MQMs to miles, do they count towards your million miler status?

In my situation it would put me right about 3 million miles


Unfortunately no. At this point only actual miles flown will count towards MM status


Thanks for the article. I only attained Silver status this year, but have over 200k MQMs. If I were to convert all to MQDs, would I become Platinum immediately or have to wait til February 2025? Also, if I become platinum immediately, is that good until end of Jan 2025 or end of January 2026? Also, if I then do 8k MQDs this year, when do I become Diamond, and until when is it good?
Thank you!


Also wondering, but I’m 24PM pending 25DM after conversion.
If we hit the 28k MQDs in 2024 do we still have to wait until 2/1/25 to get the three benny?


I’m sure there is no official answer to this question but I’m curious as to what people think! How will a decision on what to do with rollover MQMs impact decisions on 360 invitations?


I’m sure it’s on the SkyMiles site but does anyone know if MQD’s are going to roll over? I’m sure I’ll have $60k plus MQDs this year. Will they roll over like MQMs did?


Hi, I have 2.3 million lifetime miles / platinum status. I have 300,000 MQM’S, I do not fly nearly as much these days. Any suggestions which roll over option makes the most sense?


But he already has lifetime platinum. How does rolling over plat help him?

Ricky D

Wsa just checking my rollover miles and noted the following.

I am a 2 Million Miler with Delta and, accordingly, will recieve Platinum Status for Life (one year at a time).

I finished 2023 with 260,000 MQM’s. When it came time for the rollover, Delta first went and ‘took’ 75,000 MQM’s for my 2024 Platinum status and told me that I only had 185,000 of rollover MQM’s.

I would have thought that all of my year end MQM’s should have been rolled over since I did not need to use any MQM’s to achieve 2024 Platinum status. Instead, Delta felt that it needed the 37,500 miles more than I did (75,000 MQM’s at 2:1 redeemable miles)

I’m thinking of reaching out to Delta to request my 75,000 MQM’s back.


I am in the same situation, I contacted delta agent through chat option, and they decided to apply 37,000 miles to my account to offset the 75k deduction.


Another question….. do you have more than one opportunity to extend your status ? Say I have enough to extend for 4 years but initially only extend for one year. Can I return to the site for additional extensions?


Definitely good to know. Thank you !


If you chose to extend the Diamond status for an additional year(s), do you receive the Platinum and Diamond Choice Benefits for those extended years?


People cannot choose yet, but the consensus on Flyertalk is that if you do the 100k Diamond extension, you will get the Diamond Choice Benefits only (because you earned Diamond status, but never earned Platinum along the way). People with Diamond status from being 3 million milers get Diamond Choice Benefits, but not Platinum Choice Benefits.

If you convert your MQMs into MQDs, and achieve Diamond status for 2025 that way, then you have earned both Platinum and Diamond status. So then you should get both sets of Choice Benefits.


I did talk to Delta and they confirmed you would get the Diamond Choice Benefit but not Platinum (as stated) if you chose the Diamond extension. However, since I am a 2 million miler I guess I would get the Platinum Choice Benefit that way


Gerg, I followed a similar plan. 4 years of rollover DM and am now 6K miles short of 2MM. Let’s hope Delta doesn’t find way to change the rules going forward and make us regret the end of year flurry.