# How is Delta's MQM minimum per leg affected by fare class?

Under Delta's SkyMiles program (both the old one and the new one that began in 2015,) Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) are earned per mile flown, but earn a minimum of 500 per leg. Additionally, the MQMs earned for a given leg are multiplied by 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0 depending on the fare class. However, I'm not sure if the multiplier is applied before or after applying the 500 mile minimum. Their website seemed ambiguous on this point.

So, my question is: Is the fare class multiplier or the minimum applied first?

For instance, if you fly 200 miles on a discount fare in business class (which has a 1.5x multiplier,) are the MQMs computed as:

`maximum (500, 200 * 1.5) = 500`

or as:

`maximum (500, 200) * 1.5 = 750`

Could, perhaps, someone who's flown Delta Business or First class since the beginning of 2015 on a leg of < 500 miles check their SkyMiles statement to see how much mileage they were credited for the leg?

`maximum (500, distance flown) * 1.5`