We received (and had our own) questions since Delta Air Lines announced updates to its SkyMiles 2025 earlier this week.
A Delta spokesperson graciously spent time giving us answers. Here they are! (Some questions and answers have been edited for clarity.)
Quick Update (October 23, 2024)
Before we go any further, I’ll address a concern that’s popped up on social media, various internet forums, and our very own Comments section.
Yes, the Delta spokesperson who answered our questions is indeed a real, bonafide Delta spokesperson. Some people think that because Delta (apparently) hasn’t published all of the updates to SkyMiles 2025 on their website, issued a press release, or had Ed Bastian send an email to them the answers below aren’t true. Why haven’t they? I don’t know. And why are phone and chat reps giving conflicting information? Well, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time. In fact, you’ll see that one of our readers was given bogus information.
Again, people asked the questions and here the answers a Delta corporate spokesperson gave me.
We’ll start with the two questions on so many people’s minds.
Q: People can extend their 2024 Medallion status by one year for each 100,000 rollover Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) in their account next year. For example, someone with Diamond status for 2024 and 500,000 rollover MQM has the option to extend their status for five (5) years. Will they receive Choice Benefits for each of those five years?
A: Yes. This is considered earned status.
Q: There were significant changes to the yearly (what we consider “lifetime”) Medallion status awarded to Million Milers. For example, 2 Million Milers will enjoy Platinum Status (an upgrade from Gold.) 3 Million Milers will jump from Gold to Diamond. Will Million Milers with automatic Diamond and Platinum status receive Choice Benefits each year?
A: Yes. This, too, is considered earned status.
Q: There are three options people have for using their rollover MQM next year:
- Extend their status (if they have 100,000 or more rolled over MQM)
- Convert them to redeemable SkyMiles at 2:1 ratio
- Convert them to MQD at 10:1 ratio
Can people mix and match?
Q: What is the deadline for people to execute their decisions?
A: December 31, 2024.
Reader “Bridge” posted this comment:
I just called the medallion line and they(ATL) said, “No”! No Grandfathered XXMILLION Milers. Sad…….Hoping they’re wrong.
They are wrong, Bridge.
You’ll get the new yearly Medallion status upgrades even if you already earned Million Miler status this year or earlier. (And, of course, flyers who cross a Million Miler tier will receive the applicable yearly status.)
Sky Club Visits
Eligible American Express cards will no longer feature unlimited Delta Sky Club visits in 2025. (Again: 2025. Not next year.)
Delta and Amex originally announced that each card would receive a limited number of individual visits. That didn’t go over well with many people (and rightfully so!).
The updated 2025 rules now provide a rationed number of days cardholders may pack in Sky Club visits when flying Delta-marketed or -operated flights. All visits made during a 24-hour period will count as one day. For instance, I can use the Sky Club at LAX, then another at MSP during my connection, and I no longer have to worry about burning up two visits.
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card members can each visit Sky Clubs for 15 days each year.
- Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum Card members may each visit Sky Clubs for up to 10 days per year.
- Card members can also purchase Sky Club access for $50 per day after using all allotted days.
Q: Can you hold multiple eligible cards and stack their Sky Club visit days?
For example, I hold the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (15 days), Amex Platinum (10 days), and Amex Business Platinum Card (10 days). That gives me a total of 35 unique days during which I can visit Sky Clubs.
If you want unlimited Sky Club visits for you and your authorized cardholders, you must spend $75,000 on your card during a calendar year. That gives you unlimited visits for the rest of the current Medallion year and all of the following Medallion year.
Q: Is the $75,000 threshold unlocked by spending across multiple eligible cards (i.e., a Delta Reserve and an Amex Platinum, a Delta Reserve and a Delta Business Reserve, etc.)?
A: No. You must spend $75,000 on one eligible card for unlimited visits.
Q: Can eligible card members purchase guest day passes for $50 each, for up to two guests?
While we’re talking about Delta Amexes:
$10,000 MQD for $1,600: Is that Correct?
Starting in February 2024, four Delta American Express cards will each give cardholders a $2,500 Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) Headstart:
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (Current annual fee: $550)
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (Current annual fee: $550)
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinium American Express Card (Current annual fee: $250)
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card (Current annual fee: $250)
Q: So, does that mean if you hold all four cards you automatically get $10,000 MQD for $1,600 in annual fees?
Q: Is this a 2025 Medallion Year-only feature? Or will it be a regular benefit of these cards?
A: It will be an annual feature of the Delta Reserve and Delta Platinum cards.
These are the Rules — for Now
The earnings portion of SkyMiles 2025 starts on January 1, 2024.
But there’s still plenty of time for Delta to make program changes before it really kicks off in 2025. Don’t be surprised if Delta makes additional adjustments sometime within the next 14-ish months. I’m not saying they will — but mid-fall is generally when they tweak the program.
Thanks very much to the Delta spokesperson who spent time answering some of our questions. These give us a little more insight into the SkyMiles 2025 program!
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