Is the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Miles Boost Worth It?

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® and the Delta Reserve® credit cards from American Express have access to the Miles Boost benefit that earns miles and MQMs after a certain spend is met each calendar year.


If you spend $x in a calendar year, you get:
a) bonus miles (redeemable miles)
b) MQMs (miles needed for status)

Platinum Delta SkyMiles®: Personal + Business

  • $25,000 spend cal. year = 10,000 miles + 10,000 MQMs

  • $50,000 spend cal. year = 10,000 miles + 10,000 MQMs


Delta Reserve® Credit Card: Personal + Business

  • $30,000 spend cal. year = 15,000 miles + 15,000 MQMs

  • $60,000 spend cal. year = 15,000 miles + 15,000 MQMs

Why does Miles Boost matter?

To earn Medallion Status at Delta, you’ll need to fulfill spend AND flying requirements for each respective tier.

Spend: Earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) or the MQD Waiver

  • MQDs are earned based on your annual spend on Delta or partner (SkyTeam) flights

  • Can be waived for Platinum, Gold, and Silver MQD waiver if you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases during the calendar year with an eligible Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express

Flying: Earn Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs)

  • MQMs are earned based on distance flown and fare class

  • MQSs are earned based on the number of flights you take 

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Amex Delta Credit Cards Miles Boost Calculator

Is worth it to complete the high spend requirements to earn mileage boost from the American Express Delta credit cards?

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