Delta already had the worst frequent flier program (here’s why) but they just made it even worse today with their long awaited announcement about Medallion qualification levels. Beginning January 1, 2014, members will now earn Medallion status through a combination of miles or segments flown AND your annual spending on Delta flights, which will be measured by Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). Specifically, here’s how you will qualify for Medallion status starting next year:
The good news is it could have been worse as they could’ve gone completely revenue based like JetBlue, Southwest and Virgin America. And they surprisingly gave customers advance warning since it doesn’t kick in until 2014. I also just read on One Mile At A Time that the MQD requirement can be waived by spending at least $25,000 per year on a Delta SkyMiles American Express credit card.
RELATED: Here’s a fantastic article to read by Joe Brancatelli on Why banking your frequent-flier points is a horrible idea.