This morning Delta announced that in order to waive the Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) requirement for Delta Diamond status, Delta cardholders will need to spend a whopping $250,000 on their co-branded credit cards starting in 2018. This represents a 10X increase over the previous Delta Diamond PQD waiver requirement of $25,000 in credit card spend.
The PQD waiver for Gold and Platinum status still only will require $25,000 in spending on a Delta credit card. Through the end of 2017, it’s still possible to waive the PQD requirement for Delta Diamond status by spending $25,000 on your co-branded credit card.
“Starting January 1, 2018, the Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) Waiver for Diamond Medallion Status is increasing. The MQD Waiver for Diamond Medallion Status is currently earned by spending $25,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year on a SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. It is being adjusted to $250,000 in a calendar year.
This qualification change will allow us to deliver on expectations for Diamond Medallion Status so Members can maximize elite benefits like Complimentary Upgrades and Delta Sky Club® access. This update will not change how Members earn 2018 Diamond Medallion Status.
We understand this is a significant increase, but keep in mind that the MQD Waiver to qualify for all of the best-in-class benefits of Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion Status will still remain at $25,000.”
While this is a disappointment for some, Delta is still the only US airline that allows a waiver for the dollar-requirement for top-tier status. Both American Airlines and United won’t let you waive the spending requirement for top tier status with any kind of credit card spending.
In all likelihood, this is going to decrease the number of people with top-tier Delta status.