If you held Delta Diamond or Platinum Medallion elite status in 2022 but didn’t select your Choice Benefits, you may still do so — but hurry!
Here Are Your Two Choices
The Medallion year expires today, January 31. And so do most of the benefits you can select.
Unless you’re flying today and see a flight with available, confirmed Global or Regional Upgrade inventory, then Upgrade Certificates won’t be a good choice. (And that assumes they’re issued within a few hours — if at all today.)
Sky Club membership? Valid today.
Gift Gold or Silver Medallion status to someone? You’re certainly generous — but the recipient can enjoy the benefits through the rest of today.
So, that leaves you with two realistic options: bonus SkyMiles or a Delta Travel Voucher.
- Platinum Medallions may select 20,000 bonus redeemable SkyMiles. It’s a little sweeter for Diamonds: they can receive 25,000. SkyMiles don’t expire until you do.
- The Delta Travel Voucher is valued at $200, expires 12 months after it’s issued, and may be used only by the Medallion member (e.g., you).
Which should you pick?
I opted for the miles. They can be used to book travel for others (my wife, daughter, etc.). Plus, SkyMiles award travel now earns MQM, MQS, and MQD. Sure, the voucher earns redeemable SkyMiles for your trip. That’s worth considering. But for the sake of ease, I chose miles.
The 25,000 SkyMiles are worth more, in my opinion, than a $200 voucher. Delta seems to value SkyMiles at around a penny each for most award redemptions. Therefore 25,000 SkyMiles are worth about $250.
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