Delta Air Lines announced several great extensions for Medallion status members, co-branded Delta American Express cardholders, SkyMiles Select members, and more. (René called it!)
To be frank — and I know there are detractors — I think Delta went above and beyond in many regards.
Let’s check out the extensions.
1. All Medallion statuses for 2020 will be automatically extended for the 2021 Medallion year.
For example, if you hold Gold status right now, it won’t expire until January 31, 2022.
This should apply to people who earn Medallion status this year or bump up another tier. Note the emphasis on should. I didn’t see anything in the announcement that explicitly mentioned this.
2. All Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) from 2020 will roll over to next year to qualify for 2022 Medallion status
This certainly is a nice move by Delta. Plus, if there’s a time later in the year when we’re able to safely travel again, we can stock up on more MQM — provided there are affordable prices and good routes operating. It’s also nice for people who spend on their Delta Amex cards.
2021 could be a great opportunity for mileage runs. Say you acquire 40,000 MQM before this year ends. Instead of falling just short of Gold status, you’re — theoretically— already more than halfway to Platinum in 2022!
Nothing is mentioned about MQD rolling over; I assume they won’t.
A potential downside: lots of elite status members in 2022 — especially with everyone now essentially chasing 2022 status.
Upgrade Certificates or $200 Travel Vouchers
Upgrade certificates or $200 travel vouchers with an original expiration date between March 1 and June 30, 2020, are now extended for travel booked and flown by December 31, 2020.
Upgrade Certificates or $200 travel vouchers set to expire after June 30, 2020, will be extended an additional six months beyond their current expiration date.
(Remember, Diamonds: you receive both Diamond and Platinum choice benefits!)
Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members:
Per Delta: “If you have one of the following in your SkyMiles profile “My Wallet” that is valid now or has expired since March 1, 2020, we are extending the expiration dates to give you additional time to enjoy your benefits”:
Companion Certificates originally set to expire between March 1 and June 30, 2020, can now be used to book and fly by Dec. 31, 2020.
Certificates expiring between July 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, will receive an additional six months beyond the current expiration date.
Sky Club Guest Passes (Delta Reserve Cardholders)
Those are now extended six months past their original expiration date.
Delta Sky Club Memberships
Delta Sky Club Individual and Executive memberships expiring March 1, 2020, or later receive six additional months of Delta Sky Club access beyond their expiration date.
Delta SkyMiles Select members receive a six-month extension to Main Cabin 1 boarding benefits and unused drink vouchers. (FWIW, remember that SkyMiles select credited back to toward my Amex airline incidental credit.)
What Do We Need to Do?
Delta says all the changes will happen automatically. I didn’t see any of them reflected yet in my Delta wallet or SkyMiles profile. But they have a few months to get everything in order. 🙂
I think these are nice moves on Delta’s part. They weren’t required to make them. Nonetheless, the extensions are certainly smart for retaining their loyal status holders, Delta Amex cardholders, and others.
I know some people will be upset and think Delta didn’t do enough. Or were too generous. Longtime readers know we criticize Delta when warranted — but also praise them when they do something well. And I feel this is a #KeepClimbing move.
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