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I'm considering applying for a Delta SkyMiles credit card. The Platinum card says you can get 5,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualification Miles) and up to 30,000 bonus miles. Based on the wording I think there a difference between MQMs and 'bonus miles'. Google has not helped me. 5,000 miles towards raising my status is not a big deal (looking at the card fee) but 30,000 miles towards my status is a big deal (understanding I would have to make purchases). But 30,000 miles that don't raise my status would just make me angry.

Is there a difference, on the SkyMiles Platinum card, between MQMs and 'bonus miles'?

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Medallion Qualification Miles refers to the miles required to obtain/keep status.

The 'Bonus Miles' are simply standard miles, which can be used to book "free" flights, but which do NOT count towards your status.

Simple as that, really...

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