Delta Air Lines is giving Medallion members another year to breathe a little easier.
The airline extended Medallion elite status through January 2023 — and all MQM will roll over to next year. And it’s adding an incentive to earn Medallion status this year.
Those were just some of the announcements made today by Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
Medallion Status Extended, MQM Rolling Over
At long last, we know the answer to a question many Delta elite flyers have wondered: “Will Delta status roll over again to next year?
Delta will, in fact, extend Medallion status to the 2022 Medallion year, which expires on January 31, 2023.
Plus, any and all MQM — regardless of whether or not a person holds Delta elite status — will roll over into next year and count toward 2023 status.
Plus, award tickets will continue to earn MQD, MQM, and MQS for travel through January 31, 2023.
Global and Regional Upgrade Certificates
GUC and RUC are extended for travel through January 31, 2023.
Delta Amex Benefits Extended
Unused Companion Certificates as of July 31, 2021, or Companion Certificates issued between August 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, can be used to travel through January 31, 2023.
Plus, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card members with unused SkyClub guest passes can use them through January 31, 2023.
New Upgrade Priority for Status Earners
Here’s an interesting twist:
Starting Feb. 1, 2022, those who earned 2022 Status will clear for Complimentary Upgrades ahead of those at the same tier level whose Status was automatically extended
So my plan, for example, was to get enough MQD to earn Silver status to start 2022 — and then hit partner mileage runs ASAP so I could reach Platinum or Diamond relatively quickly.
But if I earn Silver this year — will I still clear as a Platinum in 2022? I’ll have to dig deeper on that one.
Plus, it looks like those whose status rolls over to next year will not be able to select Choice Benefits.
Well done, Delta. Well done.
Extending status is, I think, a #KeepClimbing move. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is getting uglier by the day — making travel worrisome for people. Plus, Delta itself noted that business travel will take a while to return to something resembling pre-pandemic levels. So this is a great way to keep the airline’s most frequent customers happy.
What do you think?
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