Plenty of readers and I had questions about Delta Air Lines’ changes to their Medallion earnings and Sky Club airport lounge access.
A Delta spokesperson graciously answered several questions I sent. (When I say “graciously,” I genuinely mean it — don’t take that with my usual dash of snark.) Here are the answers!
(Some questions and answers were edited for clarity and context.)
Question: Will spending on the Delta Gold Amex and Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card count toward MQD earnings?
Answer: No. Only money spent on the Delta Platinum and Delta Reserve Cards will count.
Question: Will MQD earned above and beyond a Medallion tier threshold rollover from 2024 to 2025?
Answer: No. MQD will not roll over.
Question: Can Delta Reserve, Delta Business Reserve, Amex Platinum, and Amex Business Platinum cardholders purchase Sky Club entry after exhausting their respective card’s complimentary visits?
Answer: No. A few points to keep in mind:
- Reserve card members will still get two guest passes per year
- The visit allotments are for the named cardholder and cannot be used for companion guests.
- Diamonds can get club access through their Choice Benefits selections
- Once a member spends $75,000 on Delta Reserve Amex, they get club access for the rest of that Medallion year, and the following Medallion year.
- Individual and Executive Sky Club memberships can still be purchased with cash or SkyMiles
Question: Do PAID authorized users on Delta Reserve, Delta Business Reserve, Amex Platinum, and Amex Business Platinum cards still receive Delta Sky Club access?
Answer: Paid, authorized users with cards in their own name will get their own visit allotment for their use.
Question: Being a Million Miler is now the third tie-breaker in the complimentary upgrade hierarchy. How is the priority based? For example in a tie-breaker scenario, if “Bob” is a Three-Million Miler and “Steve” is a lowly Million-Miler, will would “Bob” get the upgrade priority?
Question: If people downgrade or cancel their Delta Reserve or Delta Platinum cards, will they lose their 2024 Medallion status earned through the $25,000 (or $250,000) MQD Waiver?
I hope that helped answer at least one or two of your questions. It certainly did for me.
Regarding Sky Club access, I think my family’s play in 2025 will be to keep one Reserve card (my wife and I currently have separate accounts) and add the other one as an authorized user. That’ll be cheaper than holding two primary cards.
Our plan is to fly Delta when feasible and affordable — but shift more trips to other airlines. We certainly won’t come close to meaningful status and won’t have to worry about upgrades. We’re already spending on cards that will generate better returns for us. If we really want First Class, we’ll pay (or redeem) for it.
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