Delta Increases Credit Card Spend Waiver For Top-Tier Status To $250,000; Roundup Of American, Delta, And United Elite Spend Waiver Policies

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After the loss of airlines like America West, Continental, Northwest, and USAirways, the remaining network carriers were able to cut capacity, add fees, devalue their miles, devalue elite status benefits, and increase elite status requirements.

Mileage runners used to be able to fly on dirt cheap flights to get elite status on the cheap before Delta decided to require a minimum spend amount in addition to the flown miles required to earn elite status. Delta also started the trend of award miles based on spending rather than flown miles.

Delta made earning elite status a bit easier by allowing passengers to spend $25,000 annually on their Delta AMEX cards in order to waive the spend requirement on flights.

Effective in 2018 though you will need to spend $250,000 annually in order to waive the flight spend requirement for top-tier diamond status. That 10 times the current spending required. Silver, Gold, and Platinum status will continue to only require $25,000 of credit card spending.

Additionally, Delta will continue to waive the flight spend retirement for non-US members. Be prepared to submit some sort of proof if you want to change your address to abroad.

United matched Delta, except they never allowed credit card spend to waive their 1K flight spending requirements.

American was the last to introduce flight spend requirements for elite status, but they made it the most onerous to avoid and don’t have a foreign account waiver.

Airline:AmericanDeltaUnited 
Tier 1
Requirement
Gold
25K miles plus $3K on flights
Silver
25K miles plus $3K on flights or $25K in Delta card spending
Silver
25K miles plus $3K on flights or $25K in United card spending
Tier 2
Requirement
Platinum
50K miles plus $6K on flights
Gold
50K miles plus $6K on flights or $25K in Delta card spending
Gold
50K miles plus $6K on flights or $25K in United card spending
Tier 3
Requirement
Platinum Pro
75K miles plus $9K on flights
Platinum
75K miles plus $9K on flights or $25K in Delta card spending
Platinum
75K miles plus $9K on flights or $25K in United card spending
Tier 4
Requirement
Executive Platinum
100K miles plus $12K on flights
Diamond
125K miles plus $15K on flights or $250K in Delta card spending
1K
100K miles plus $12K on flights
Tier 5
Requirement
ConciergeKey
Invite only
Delta 360
Invite only
Global Services
Invite only
Residency exceptionsNoneIf your address is outside of the US you don't need to meet the spending requirement.If your address is outside of the US you don't need to meet the spending requirement.
Other exceptionsBarclaycard AA Red, Blue, and business cardholders can earn the equivalent of $3,000 in flight spending by spending $25K on their card.

Barclaycard AA Silver cardholders can earn the equivalent of $3,000 in flight spending by spending $25K on their card and another $3,000 in flight spending by spending an additional $25K on their card
NoneIf you have a Presidential Plus card you don't need to meet the spending requirement for Silver, Gold, or Platinum status.

Do you spend on a co-branded airline card to waive flight spend requirements for elite status?

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HT: mochjas, via DDF and Gary

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jew

why do you say that aa doesnt have a card spending waiver, when they do- the barclaycards?

jew

it seems to be a contradiction from the beginning to the end……
But either way, thanks a lot for this write up!

Ronnie

I believe you made an error for delta diamond flight spend. It’s 15k not 12k last I checked

Josh

Any idea what I can submit to delta proving I “love outside of the us? And where I send it? I already have 25k mqms but didn’t hit the spend yet on my platinum amex

Jane

I spend $50-75kk on United card annually. what else would I need to do to get any sort of status?

Pesach

Is there way to spend on your credit card to reach top tier elite statues on aa? Using a Barclays aviator or a citi aa card ? Do you get the benefits for having statues that you have for united delta or aa help for other one world and star alliance airlines? Thank you dan for taking the time to read my question

Harry

The old Continental Airlines Presidential Plus card used to give you through 1K, now only gives you up to Platinum.

Question

If you spend $75k on the united credit card you get Platinum Status? Did I understand you right?

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