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Question About Elite Miles Status?  
User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

So I have a question about being an Elite member when it comes to miles but I couldnt find the answer anywhere. In order to be an elite memeber (say Silver status on Delta) you would need 25,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles. Now does that mean that every year I would have to get 25,000 MQM in order to remain Silver or once I reach the 25,000 mark (say it toook me two years) I would remain at that level until I used those miles.

I am confused if the miles have to be accumulated yearly or what?


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User currently offlineDeltaFFinDFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

It must be done every year to keep the status.

User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

With most airlines, it's every year. With a few airlines, it's every second or third year.

User currently offlineSkyvanMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2591 times:

Basically you have to fly the number of miles to qualify each year. If you want to keep it you have to fly enough qualifying miles to qualify for that level the next year as well. If you fail to requalify your status will not renew. From what I've read it seems like once you get elite you have it for that year and a portion of the next year, so it is usually for over a 12 month period that you have the status. However the qualifying period doesn't change so you would still have to fly the qualifying miles needed in the calender year after you initially get it so that you will have it renewed for a second term.

Hope that makes sense, and just a little remark from me. It really sucks that they do it by Calender year and not be any 12 month period. I flew to BKK got 9k miles each way and had about 11 going into the flight on December 29th. That left me with 20k miles when the flight got in on the 31st. My return flight on the 10th would have qualified me for elite if It had been based on any 12 month period but since it is jan 1 to dec 31 I've been shafted from getting elite (heck I'll have about 12 qualifying miles by January 20th for this year already and will have flown about 21-22k qualifiyng miles in the last 30 days but yet instead of being elite or being 3k miles from elite I'll only be halfway to elite. I wish United would change their setup, anyways thats my rant and I hope the stuff that came before my rant helped.



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2590 times:

Once your reach 1 million lifetime AAdvantage miles (from all sources), you are lifetime Gold on AA.  Smile

User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2578 times:

Quoting SkyvanMan (Reply 3):
It really sucks that they do it by Calender year and not be any 12 month period.

Some airlines are on a calendar year basis and some are on a rolling basis. Two of my four Star Alliance gold cards are on a calendar year basis (LH and UA) and two are on a rolling basis (BD and SQ). SQ are particularly generous in that they check nine months after my qualification anniversary and if I've already flown enough, then I get fifteen months in which to qualify the following year.


User currently offlineSkyvanMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 5):
Once your reach 1 million lifetime AAdvantage miles (from all sources), you are lifetime Gold on AA. Smile

Yeah I can confirm that as my dad got his lifetime gold card on a year he didn't even fly on American. American calculates a million miles differently from the other airlines in terms of elite status, they include miles earned from credit card purchases in awarding lifetime AA Gold status.



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User currently offlineDZ09 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Quoting SkyvanMan (Reply 6):
they include miles earned from credit card purchases in awarding lifetime AA Gold status.

I thought you don't elite miles through purchases only from actually flying.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Quoting DZ09 (Reply 7):
I thought you don't elite miles through purchases only from actually flying.

I can't speak for American (and it sounds like it may just be "Million Miler" status, not regular elite status), but on Continental this is correct - In general, EQMs are 100% of flown miles with a 500 mile minimum. There are a few exceptions that are 50% of flown miles (really cheap fares), and a few that are 150% (Y, H, and first class fares)

Hotel/Credit Card/Wacky Promo Of the Week mileage doesn't do anything for your EQM count.

In the case of NW, elite status seems to be roughy 5 business days after the last qualifing flight through remainder of that program year + next program year; the program year is March 1 through February 28th, but all EQMs must be earned in a single callendar year.

Slightly off topic but Hilton HHonors uses a rolling qualification period that I still haven't figured out exactly how it works -- but as of now I have enough credits to be a Silver VIP through something like April 30, 2009 and I only need 4 more stays by the end of Feb to hit gold.

Lincoln

[Edited 2007-01-15 05:16:51]


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User currently offlineSkyvanMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

You understood me right and American is the only airline I know that does award Million Miler status by using both credit card earned miles and miles flown. I'm guessing it is just million-miler that this works for though since otherwise American would likely end up with far too many elites to make it worthwhile.


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