Hi all. I'm a NYC based traveler with a need to get to SMF on a bi-weekly basis. I can depart EWR/LGA/JFK fairly equally. I have a relative with Platinum status who is willing to use his 2012 gift to get me Silver (valid through Feb 28, 2013). My question is this - does that gift effectively grant me 25,000 MQMs, so that by earning 25,000 MQMs on my own I'd earn Gold? Or do I simply have Silver status but 0 MQMs and need to earn 50,000 to get Gold (which I'd hit by Feb 2013). If the former, this makes Delta an easy choice. If the later, I have some serious comparison shopping to do. Unfortunately I have no status at this point. Travel has been light the last year.