How the 2022 Delta Medallion Status Accelerator Works

More changes from Delta extend some of the Medallion status accelerator perks in 2022.
Apr 7, 2022

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In 2021, Delta introduced a “status accelerator” program that made earning elite status easier while travel remained slow. This program offered bonus Medallion qualification credits for flights taken through Dec. 31, 2021.

That portion of the program has expired, but a few elements of it remain in play and could affect your elite status in 2022.

Earn elite status credits on Delta award flights

Flyers can earn elite status credits on Delta award flights from April 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022. To qualify, flights must be both marketed and operated by Delta. Put another way, your boarding pass needs to show a Delta flight number and the side of the plane needs to say Delta.

Base Medallion earning rates for award tickets

Delta award flights will earn Medallion Qualification Miles based on the cabin booked and the distance of the flight:

  • Basic economy: Does not earn MQMs.

  • Main cabin and Delta Comfort+: 100% of distance flown.

  • First class, Delta Premium Select and Delta One: 150% of distance flown.

Medallion Qualification Dollars on award tickets are calculated by dividing the mileage redeemed by 100. You won't earn any MQDs on taxes and fees paid. Award travelers will earn 1 Medallion Qualification Segment per segment flown.

Status extensions

If you held status in 2021, Delta has extended your status through all of 2022, to Jan. 31 2023. This is separate from the accelerator program altogether, but means you might not have to earn status again to take advantage in 2022.

Also, Delta has extended all unused regional and global upgrade certificates (a perk of some Medallion elite levels) through January 2023. This means you have more time to use these upgrade certificates.

Rollover miles

All Medallion Qualification Miles earned in 2021 have been rolled into 2022, potentially offering a head start on earning status this year. Check your Delta membership page to see how many miles rolled over.

Note that Medallion Qualification Dollars did not roll over from the previous year. Since you have to meet a minimum number of MQMs and MQDs to achieve each Medallion tier, the rollover of Medallion Qualification Miles only gets you halfway there.

The bottom line

Delta made earning Medallion elite status easier in 2021 through an elite status accelerator, elite earnings on award flights and expanded status boosts. Most of those benefits have expired, but a few perks remain for those looking to achieve status in 2022.


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