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Earn Delta MQDs on Hotels, Vacation Rentals, and Car Rentals [Book by June 24]

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Earlier this year, Delta made sweeping changes to how travelers can earn Medallion status within its SkyMiles program.

In the new normal, the only way to qualify for elite status with the airline is to earn certain amounts of Medallion Qualification Dollars, known as MQDs. (In the past, it was a combination of MQDs earned as well as miles or segments flown).

Right now, Delta’s offering a chance to get to Medallion status a little bit quicker with a new promotion that will award bonus MQDs on hotels, vacation rentals, and car rentals.

Let’s take a look at all the details!

Limited Time: Earn Bonus MQDs on Stays and Rental Cars

Through June 24, 2024, you can earn 1 MQD per base dollar spent when booking hotels, vacation rentals, and car rentals via the Delta Travel Extras portal.

Travel must be completed by September 8, 2024.

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These MQDs are very valuable for Delta fans trying to reach elite status.


On top of the bonus MQDs, you will earn 2x SkyMiles to redeem for future travel. So, for example, if you stayed at a hotel and the base price was $500, you would earn 500 MQDs in addition to 1,000 redeemable SkyMiles.

Car Rentals

Just like the stays, you will earn 1 MQD on the base price of your car rental. However, there are some bonuses available when it comes to the amount of SkyMiles you can earn based on your elite status and the rental company you choose.

For example, if you rent from Hertz and your rental car has a base price of $100, you would earn:

  • 100 MQDs
  • 400 SkyMiles (4x as a basic member)

If you already have Delta elite status, you would earn:

  • Silver Medallion: 5x SkyMiles
  • Gold Medallion: 6x SkyMiles
  • Platinum Medallion: 7x SkyMiles
  • Diamond Medallion: 8x SkyMiles

So, a Diamond Medallion member would earn 100 MQDs and 800 redeemable SkyMiles when renting with Hertz.

All SkyMiles members earn 4x miles with Dollar and Thrifty and 2x with Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Payless.

Terms and Conditions

As always, there is some fine print to be aware of. Here are the most important things to note:

  • Book by June 24, 2024
  • Travel by September 8, 2024
  • MQDs and miles may take up to 8 weeks after completion of travel to arrive
  • Names must match exactly with your credit card and SkyMiles account
Hot Tip:

Find out how to earn Delta Medallion status — and whether it’s worth it — in our complete guide!

Final Thoughts

If you’re a loyal Delta flyer who’s pursuing Medallion status, it’s absolutely worth booking through the Travel Extras portal if you were already planning on some travel this summer and weren’t going to pay with points — this is a rare opportunity to score valuable MQDs outside of flying.

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Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to leverage the perks of each.


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