Delta is launching a brand new elite standing match promotion

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Delta didn’t actually endear itself to a big part of the frequent flyer neighborhood final 12 months when it confirmed its true colours and introduced an enormous devaluation to the SkyMiles program.

Even by Delta’s requirements the devaluation was ridiculous, and whereas the airline ended up backtracking on just a few of the adjustments, the injury was executed, and Delta was left with numerous very disgruntled flyers.

Ordinarily, when frequent flyers get disgruntled, the web will get crammed with lots of complaints and threats to “by no means fly” no matter airline has induced the outpouring of anger, however nothing ever actually comes of it.

Sure, just a few flyers might transfer over to a unique airline (till that airline annoys them as effectively), however total, issues normally cool down after just a few weeks (probably months), the promised mass exodus by no means materializes, and issues keep it up as earlier than.

Airline loyalty packages push via huge devaluations as a result of they know that ultimately, these devaluations are accepted, individuals transfer on, and there’s no vital value to pay for screwing over frequent flyers.

That’s what ordinarily occurs, however that will not be how issues have been enjoying out since Delta caught its center finger up at SkyMiles members and made the SkyMiles program even worse than it already was (did anybody know that was even potential?)

It’s potential that Delta could also be seeing (or is predicting) a major lower within the variety of SkyMiles elite members, and that its 2023 devaluation might (lastly) be the straw that broke the camel’s again for lots of its frequent flyers.

I say this as a result of it appears like Delta goes fishing for brand spanking new SkyMiles elites in 2024 with a promotion that’s coming sooner or later this month.

[HT: Frequent Miler]

Delta’s new standing match promotion

The promotion

Elite members of choose frequent flyer packages can request to have their standing matched to one among three Delta SkyMiles elite ranges (the extent you’ll be matched to will rely on the standing you maintain together with your present loyalty program) for a interval of three months.

Flyers can prolong their matched elite standing previous 3 months by incomes a specified variety of Medallion Qualifying {Dollars}.

A profitable elite standing extension would see a flyer retain their Delta elite standing for the remainder of 2024, for the entire of 2025 and thru January 2026. 


You’re eligible to take part on this elite standing match promotion if:

  • You haven’t obtained a standing match, promotional Medallion Standing or complimentary Medallion Standing prior to now 3 years*, except the complimentary Medallion Standing was via your Million Miler Standing.
  • You at present have elite standing with a qualifying airline, that was earned via that airline’s revealed necessities (complimentary standing or standing earned via a promotion doesn’t qualify)
  • You possibly can current each of the next:
    • A sound, present elite bodily or digital membership card or credential together with your identify on it and
    • An announcement exhibiting your earned elite standing with an airline and the corresponding exercise with that airline that made you obtain that Standing, together with your identify on it (for each supplies, you might add a photograph, screenshot of your app or laptop display or different file format so long as it clearly reveals the required info, your elite standing degree and your identify)
  • You’re a SkyMiles Member who has:
    • Been enrolled within the SkyMiles Program for no less than 60 days previous to enrolling for the Standing Match provide and
    • Has flown on no less than one Delta-marketed flight (006 ticket inventory) on a fare class greater than Fundamental Economic system in final 3 years.

*SkyMiles Members beforehand enrolled within the Medallion Standing Match Problem can begin a brand new promotion when they’re prepared to begin touring once more. Any momentary complimentary Standing {that a} Member at present has will stay legitimate till their present promotion or problem interval ends.

Qualifying airways and the way elite statuses will likely be matched

Delta has revealed a listing of 15 frequent flyer packages whose members are eligible to take part in its newest standing match promotion and the desk under reveals how the elite standing ranges from these packages will likely be matched throughout to Delta’s frequent flyer program.

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Delta has mentioned that when you have standing with an airline that’s not listed above and isn’t a Delta associate airline and also you meet the opposite participation standards, you possibly can nonetheless submit a request to take part in its Standing Match Problem.

In the event you’d prefer to see what every of Delta’s standing ranges affords, comply with this hyperlink to the related SkyMiles web page.

Medallion Qualifying {Dollars} wanted to increase elite standing

Anybody wanting to increase their Delta elite standing previous the complimentary 3-month interval should meet the next Medallion Qualifying Greenback (MQD) targets inside their 3- month window:

  • Prolong Silver Medallion standing – earn $1,250 MQD.
  • Prolong Gold Medallion standing – earn $2,500 MQD.
  • Prolong Platinum Medallion standing – earn $3,750 MQD.

For reference, the common (full 12 months) qualification necessities are these:

  • Silver Medallion standing – $5,000 MQD.
  • Gold Medallion standing – $10,000 MQD.
  • Platinum Medallion standing – $15,000 MQD.

Successfully, the standing match promotion is permitting contributors to earn elite standing with simply 25% of the normally required MQD, however these MQD should be earned in 25% of the time usually given to earn elite standing.

The right way to earn MQD

MQD will be earned from a range for sources:

  • Delta and associate airline flights (excludes Fundamental Economic system fares however consists of Delta award bookings).
  • Spending on choose Delta co-branded bank cards.
  • Delta Holidays packages

You possibly can earn the MQD to fulfill the standing match necessities from one, two, or all three of the sources listed above so, technically, you could possibly earn Delta Medallion standing with out having to fly.


After Delta did a lot, final 12 months, to ‘skinny the herd’, it’s fascinating to see it begin 2024 with a promotion that makes it comparatively straightforward for all kinds of flyers to earn Medallion standing.

Personally, I can’t take part as a result of I haven’t flown with Delta within the final three years, however as I’ve about as a lot curiosity in incomes standing with Delta as I’ve of operating into the closest lamppost at nice pace, this actually isn’t a problem.

For some individuals, this promotion will likely be of curiosity – individuals who have just lately moved and now discover themselves in a metropolis the place Delta guidelines the skies will discover this very helpful – for many, nonetheless, I believe this will likely be a case of ‘thanks however no thanks’.

Whereas the advantages of Delta Medallion standing (on the greater tiers) are not any worse than what most airways provide, the fact that anybody committing to SkyMiles is dealing with is that they should reside with an airline that has already made it abundantly clear that it has not completed making the SkyMiles program worse, and that it has not completed making it more durable to retain elite standing.

Sure, all airline loyalty packages devalue over time (that’s a reality of life), however Delta has, time and time once more, confirmed simply how little regard it has for the overwhelming majority of its SkyMiles members, so why would anybody wish to take part in SkyMiles if different choices can be found?

Certain, SkyMiles works simply fantastic for some individuals, and Delta hub captives are most likely resigned to dwelling with this system, however these aren’t the individuals this promotion is making an attempt to focus on.

This promotion is focusing on flyers who have already got elite standing with one other airline, and except you’re somebody who flies usually sufficient and who spends sufficient to have the ability to keep and use two airline elite statuses, I actually can’t see why (outdoors of a latest change of circumstances) you’ll hassle chasing standing with Delta.

Backside line

Delta will likely be launching a brand new standing match promotion later this month that can permit elite members of different airline loyalty program to match their elite standing to a SkyMiles standing for a interval of three months. If throughout that three month interval a matched flyer meets the promotion’s Medallion Qualifying {Dollars} necessities, they may get to maintain their newly minted standing for the remainder of this 12 months, all of subsequent 12 months and the primary month of 2026.

What do you consider this promotion? Are you tempted?

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