How to obtain Delta Status?
Delta Airlines and their SkyMiles program is one of the most popular mileage programs in the United States. Delta has been at the forefront of negative innovation in the mileage program game. At first their program was similar to others that gave you miles based on distance but they added a spend component called Medallion Qualifying Dollars or MQDs back in 2013. The flip side of it is that they are very lucrative when you credit partner airlines especially in business and first class so you to collect a significant amount of redeemable miles and spend at a lower cost compared to a similar Delta flight.
This was usually interpreted as a highly negative change for those of us who play the mileage game, but every-time a door closes a window opens up allowing us to continue to maximize our status at the lowest cost.
Partner airlines are key to obtaining miles and spend at a low out of pocket price
Flying Blue XP Runs
It can give weird values such as a flight from Vancouver to Seattle would earn more in the program than Seattle to New York!
But within Europe it allows for some great Arbitrage opportunities from Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, the UK and more!
You can obtain Silver status with 100 XPs and this allows you Priority boarding. To reach Gold Status which is equivalent to SkyTeam Elite you need 180 more XPs and then just need to fly that same amount each year to re-qualify. This level gives you the ability to redeem for Air France First Class tickets.