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Delta's unpopular Medallion program changes have finally killed off Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), once a core building block for earning status. But before they go the way of the French franc, ultra-frequent Delta flyers now have a final shot to put their extra MQMs to use.

For years, Delta flyers have rolled over their excess Medallion Qualifying Miles – whatever they'd earned above their current tier – to get a head start on the next year's status. Now, Delta is giving flyers with status and extra MQMs from previous years the ability to turn them into something else entirely. As of Wednesday, those choices are live, and some are potentially very lucrative.

 

skymiles landing page rollover MQMs

 

You can turn those rollover MQMs into redeemable SkyMiles, convert them to Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) for a boost toward status this year, or even turn a large stash into an automatic year (or longer) extension of Medallion Status. If you're a lucky Delta traveler with plenty of MQMs to go around, you can even mix and match your choices.

It's a unique (and final) opportunity to put the miles you racked up with Delta last year to use, and you have until the end of 2024 to decide what you want to do with them.

Read on for everything you need to know about what to do with your rollover MQMs and how to actually convert them.

Read more: Did Delta Actually Make Earning Elite Status … Easier in 2024?

 

 

Rollover MQM Conversion Options

Rolling over excess MQMs has been a novel feature of Delta's elite status program.

Each and every year, Delta rolls over any MQMs you've earned above your current tier into the following year. Did you earn Delta Gold Status for this year but amass a whopping 70,000 MQMs, 20,000 above what you needed? You'd get those extra 20,000 MQMs to be off and running the next year, thereby encouraging travelers to continue flying (and spending) on Delta and giving life to the mileage run.

 

Delta MQM Rollover Graphic

 

Shifting away from measuring mileage was at the heart of Delta's botched overhaul of Medallion Status as the airline will instead focus only on the almighty Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) for status. In 2024 and beyond, it's all about spending – and a lot of it.

But Delta is giving travelers a chance to convert their hard-earned Medallion Qualifying Miles into free travel, boosted status, and even extended elite status. With a new dedicated page to convert your extra MQMs, it's time for many travelers to start thinking about what to do.

 

skymiles rollover MQMs options

There are three options, and some are better than others. But you can also mix and match, Delta says: “SkyMiles members can split their Rollover MQM balance conversion between miles and MQDs based on 25% increments.”

Just be sure to make your selection by Dec. 31, 2024, otherwise, your entire batch of extra MQMs will automatically be converted into MQDs. And make sure you're confident in your decision: Whatever you pick can't be reversed.

Oh, and remember: You can only roll over the excess MQMs beyond the status you earned last year. So if you earned Delta Gold Status (which required 50,000 MQMs) but had 125,000 MQMs at the end of the year, you've got 75,000 MQMs to roll over – not the full, 125,000 balance.

 

Convert MQMs into SkyMiles

Delta SkyMiles get a bad rap for being “worthless.” And while we acknowledge that they're worth less than some of their competitors, consistent SkyMiles flash sales and other redemption options still make them worth having.

If you decide that extra SkyMiles are just what you need, you can convert your rollover MQMs to SkyMiles at a 2:1 ratio. This means that if you've got 100,000 rollover MQMs, you could turn those into 50,000 redeemable SkyMiles.

 

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Given all the ways there are to earn SkyMiles, like spending on a Delta co-branded credit card or by transferring in Amex Membership Rewards, this probably shouldn't be your first choice unless you've got a really good use in mind.

Related reading: Fly Delta One Suites to Tokyo from 85k SkyMiles!

 

Turn MQMs into MQDs

I know! By now you're probably sick of hearing about Delta's new requirements for earning status, but the only thing that matters going forward is how much you spend with the airline.

And even with new avenues for earning those all-important Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) – like purchasing a Delta Vacations package or the MQD Headstart benefit on select Delta credit cards – elite status in 2024 requires earning more MQDs than ever. Here's a look at what you need to qualify for elite status this year:

 

Delta Medallion status MQD requirements 2024

 

One of the best options on the list for rollover MQMs is turning them into MQDs on a 10:1 basis. So if you had a balance of 100,000 extra MQMs, you could turn that into 10,000 MQDs. That alone is enough for instant Gold status this year or maybe a big enough boost to vault you even higher, depending on which Delta Amex cards you have, your spending, and your Delta flights in 2024.

Since you can mix and match your conversion options, you could also opt to convert 50,000 of those MQMs into 5,000 MQDs (enough for Silver Medallion status) and turn the other 50,000 into 25,000 SkyMiles. So long as you're converting your rollover MQM balance in 25% increments, you can end up with any combination of MQMs and MQDs that you like.

Unless earning Medallion status in 2024 is a cinch, turning some of your rollover MQMs into MQDs will likely be a good choice – especially for those with MQM balances under 100,000. Keep reading to see why…

Read more: Is Delta Elite Status Worth it Anymore?

 

Extend Your Medallion Status Automatically

This could easily be the single-best option of all the rollover MQM conversion choices. But here's the thing: It won't be a choice for every Delta flyer with status – or even many.

If you're an ultra-frequent Delta flyer with a balance of at least 100,000 MQMs, you can extend your high-level Medallion status for an extra year (or more). You'd need to trade 100,000 MQMs for an extra year of status – and if you've got several hundred thousand rollover MQMs, you can lock in several years of automatic status with each 100,000-MQM sum.

That's right: You can lock in years of Medallion status without setting foot on a Delta plane.

Just as with previous options, you can mix and match, too. So if you have a balance of 150,000 MQMs you could choose to extend your current elite status by one year and turn the remaining 50,000 MQMs into 5,000 MQDs or 25,000 SkyMiles.

But fair warning: It may not make much sense to extend your status and get some extra MQDs, too. Travelers who extend their status can't double-dip by earning status again next year. Delta has confirmed there will not be “an extension of the extension.”

So unless you've locked in a year or more of Delta Platinum status but could hit Diamond with an extra boost, for example, there's little reason to add to your stash of MQDs. And frequent flyers (or heavy spenders) who would naturally earn whatever status they could extend would probably be wise to select another option altogether.

On the plus side, a Delta spokesman previously confirmed that travelers who opt for extra years of Platinum or Diamond Medallion Status will even be able to select Choice Benefits each year. And with new benefits on the way in 2025, that's a big deal.

 

How to Convert Your Rollover MQMs

Starting today, Wednesday, Feb. 21, Delta flyers with rollover MQMs can start the rollover process in their SkyMiles account. To get started, you'll need to log in to your account on Delta's website and head to the “My SkyMiles' tab.

At the top of the page, you'll see a box alerting you that the one-time rollover MQM conversion is available now. To get started, you'll need to click “Convert Now.”

 

skymiles landing page rollover MQMs

 

Once on the page, you'll find the number of rollover MQMs available and the options for how to use them. In 2023, I earned 65,893 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) through a combination of flying with Delta, rolling over MQMs from 2022, and spending on my *delta skymiles platinum card*.

Since 50,000 MQMs was enough to qualify me for Gold Medallion status in 2024, that left me with 15,893 MQMs available to rollover since I fell short of the required 75,000 MQMs to earn the next tier of Delta status – Platinum Medallion.

 

skymiles rollover MQMs options

 

With not many rollover MQMs available, I opted to convert all of those MQMs into MQDs, giving me a boost toward earning status for 2025.

Just make sure that whatever you select is your final decision. Once you hit continue, you'll get a warning that the action cannot be changed or reversed.

 

rollover MQM confirmation

 

Now that I've completed the process, the “My SkyMiles” tab in my Delta account reflects that I have successfully completed my MQM rollover selection and it says that they should be in my account within 48 hours. But in practice, it appears to be much sooner than that. 24 hours later, the 1,590 MQDs are in my account.

 

my skymiles page confirmation

 

Remember: You have until Dec. 31, 2024, to make your selection, otherwise, you will forfeit those extra MQMs.

 

Bottom Line

Long a vital piece of Delta's Medallion status program, MQMs are on their way out the door. But before they disappear, Delta flyers who racked up serious miles last year will have a chance to put them to use.

Starting today, travelers now have the option to convert their hard-earned extra MQMs from last year into redeemable SkyMiles, extra MQDs, a year or more of automatic elite status … or even a combination of all three.

 

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    • If you are Diamond or Platinum, log into the Delta web page (not the App) and look at your Skymiles activity history for January 1, 2024 – it shows rollover MQMs.

  • You forgot to add a twist. The new Million Miler levels. I am à 2M Miler so starting this year get annual Platinum. I reached Platinum last year and so the only choice I really have is to convert to RDMs

    • Hi Gary! If earning Diamond Medallion this year isn’t a possibility then turning those extra MQMs into redeemable SkyMiles really is your only option. Congrats on your lifetime Platinum Medallion status!

  • Great summary..one other item in the mix is Million Miler status. This can change the equation for some.

    Do you know if the changes to Million Miler program include selection of choice benefits if you have lifetime Platinum or Diamond?

    • Hi Tony! I can’t find a definitive answer to your question but to the best of my knowledge, you should get all the benefits of your status level – including choice benefits.

  • Do you know, if we choose to extend a current status with 100,000 MQM, will we be able to build upon that with additional spend and CC boosts? For example if I extend Platinum for a year, can I still work to bump that up to diamond in that year? I really hope so, otherwise I see no incentive to spend on their cards during that year.

  • Concerning Million Miler status, I’ve reached 2M, but my wife is just at 800k and would really like to get to 1M and its corresponding lifetime Gold. Would you please elaborate on how Delta will now be tracking miles to be added to the MM status? The website shows “Status will be earned via flight miles flown (excluding Basic Economy fares)…”but it doesn’t elaborate on “flight miles”. Are fare class bonuses still applicable? Will miles converted from rollover MQMs apply?

  • Thank you so much for breaking this down in the most basic terms. I have been a little confused and not ready to face the music since the initial news dropped. With this information, I just realized that getting the rollover 10:1 MQD conversion, I am half way there to Platinum and keeping my Plat status another year with my already confirmed travel plans for the year. Still a bummer, but now the insane lines to get into the lounges will finally come up for air.

  • This is all disappointing, but not nearly as disappointing as Delta’s new pricing strategy for international travel. I mostly fly to Asia and Europe for business. This year Delta and partners are 60-100% higher priced than other major carriers on routes I fly. For anyone with a corporate travel policy, it’s impossible to “overpay” that much for airline tickets. I can’t earn any MQM’s if Delta, Korean, KLM, and Virgin price themselves out of the market.

  • Delta is not being clear on the choice benefit option for using MQM’s to extend does anyone show that in writing anywhere?

  • So I have 300,000 MQM’s coming into Feb. I am currently Platinum for 2024. If I convert them all to MQD’s on March 1 am I Diamond until Feb 2026?

  • If we earn diamond for 2025 during the current calendar year and choose the extension for the 100k MQM, will the extension apply to 2025 (in other words, useless) or will it extend to 2026?

  • What about the strategy of when to do it or am I overthinking? I’m Platinum and just missed Diamond last year so have 45k rollover. I’m almost Gold already this year so will probably make Platinum again. I should wait until towards the end of the year to see if I can use this to make Diamond otherwise it’s probably wasted using as MQDs and should convert the lot to miles. There is no rollover of MQDs at the end of the year?

    • Correct, there will be no rollover MQDs at the end of the year. It’s not a bad strategy. Or you could also look at it as getting to Platinum sooner and being able to use those benefits for the remainder of this year and all of next.

      • Thanks Nick. That is my question too. I was Diamond last year but now in 2024 I am Platinum. If I rollover my MQM’s to MQD’s, which is about 17k in MQD’s, and I already have 8.4k in MQD’s, I would almost make Diamond next month. So then I would make Diamond right away and stay Diamond through 2025, correct?

  • Nick,
    Thanks for this article on how to roll over MQM’s, and the options we have on how to do it.
    Have a nice day!

  • I’ve been Platinum for 6 years and now have 166k to convert. I plan to use 100k to get a year of Platinum thru Jan 2016. Why would I want to convert the remaining 66k to MQDs if I already have Platinum for 2025? Wouldn’t converting now only go toward 2025 status? Seems strange for someone like me to convert anything above 100k to MQDs. What am I missing?

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