The above is my current Delta Air Lines Million Miler lifetime status. Before COVID hit I fully expected, with my normal yearly Delta flights, to be near 2 million miler status by now or at least nearing that large number.
Well, like most of us my flying has been very much limited over the past two years. Not only that but as regular readers here on the blog have seen, I am done chasing Delta Diamond Medallion status after this year (I will make it for 2023 but then I am done). Why? Delta is no longer my airline of choice and I have found myself as a “free agent” this year and very much enjoying flying any airline that gives me real value for my points vs. the ghastly Delta redemption for international business class travel.
I do really want to be lifetime (I know – Delta calls is “annual” gifted status) Gold status granted to me each year with no effort needed on my part other than my past travels. Why do I want this?
I have no idea where I will land one day when I fully retire. It may be in the US but it is just as likely to be outside the US. Right now as a Delta lifetime Silver medallion it means almost nothing. Once I am Gold (and above) it opens up a number of doors with Delta partners when flying coach tickets.
But as you can see I have a ways to go. I am still in need of almost half a million elite points or MQMs to get there. Again, in the past, hammering spending on my Delta Amex Reserve card(s) yielded a boatload of MQMs each year but currently, I don’t hold either of the two I had before. Normally a few partners’ cheap business class mileage runs also yielded a huge haul of MQMs but I am less inclined to do so going forward.
My biggest frustration is Delta could fix this. They could walk back the devastation they have inflicted on the SkyMiles program but I doubt they will.
You tell me. What do you think? If you were me would you slog on and for the next few years still focus on Delta to reach my goal or has Delta shown themselves to be so untrustworthy with their elite program that they may just pull the rug out from under me when I get there? – René
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