Details: Delta Sent Me an Incredible Status Offer Today (Yeayy me)

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Delta Medallion Status

Last year, late October more specifically, I decided to leave American Airlines in favor of Delta. At the time, I was a top tier American elite with Executive Platinum so I was able to enroll in a Delta Status Match promotion whereby I would earn Delta Platinum status after successfully completing the flight requirements in the following 3 month period. Well unfortunately, I had to cancel a a trip that I needed in order to meet the Platinum level of the challenge, so I ended up with lowly Silver status. I wasn't that concerned with the situation since I was planning on carrying over miles the next year to ensure I'd lock up Diamond for 2022 (an unnecessary detail I know but y'all know I love airline status so I had to include it).

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My challenge ended January 20, 2020 and as I mentioned I'd only flown enough to earn Silver Medallion status for the remainder of 2020. When Delta extended elite status for everyone until 2022, it seemed like a classy move. Then Delta announced they were carrying ALL Medallion Qualifying Miles over into the following year, which makes it really easy for someone who knows how to minimize elite spending requirements by crediting partner flights to Delta to earn top level status. Anyways, enough background, here's the offer they sent me today that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in all of the world.

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A few weeks ago, we announced several updates to the SkyMiles® Program to ensure that valued Medallion® Members like you are taken care of when you’re ready to start flying again, including extending 2020 Medallion Status through January 2022.

As part of that, knowing how important Status is to your travel experience, you are eligible to restart our Status Match Challenge at any time once your travel picks back up.

If you weren’t able to successfully complete the challenge the first time, here’s what you need to know when you’re ready to start over again:

  • Visit the Status Match Challenge enrollment page
  • Enter the SkyMiles Number used in your original enrollment
Your three-month complimentary Status and new challenge qualification period will begin immediately upon enrollment.

Delta Status Challenge

So let's see if I understand this correctly? I get a second chance at a status match challenge I failed at the first time and it starts whenever travel starts up again? Anyone else feel like I got a blank check? Oh and my MQM's carry over. By completing the challenge I'll have the status earned until the end January 2022 and all the carryover MQMs will count towards my status for 2023. I'm feeling pretty set.

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Thoughts

Delta has exceeded my expectations and assured me that my decision to move from AA was a good one, especially from a customer service perspective. I will say I think the AA domestic products are way nicer than DL's but at the end of the day all that really matters is that I'm horizontal and watching TV. Plus, I have plenty of AA miles from all those bonus miles I earned as an EP.

The plan will be to complete the Platinum Challenge by the end of 2020. This will allow me to carryover my MQMs for next year so I can get back to having top tier status (Diamond Medallion). I do believe Delta Platinum is sufficient, but I'm just one of those people who thinks of anything but first as last. #overachiever

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4 Comments

  1. Andre

    “I’m just one of those people who thinks of anything but first as last.”

    Love that!

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    • Bethany Walsh

      Thank you!

      Reply
  2. Jeff

    I did the same status match as you and also was AA EXP. I was able to make Platinum Medallion. I was treated poorly (unbelievably so) on two separate occasions on Delta, once in Premium Economy (Int’l flight) and once in 1st Class (domestic flight). It left such a bad taste in my mouth I could never see myself flying Delta again. In over 10yrs flying with AA I have never had an experience like either of those that I experienced within 3mos. If flying Delta. I didn’t even bother complaining, nothing they could say or do would make me deal with that again. Good luck to you though.

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    • Bethany Walsh

      WOW. I’m shocked because I have had the exact opposite experience with Delta v. AA. It’s sad we can’t find some consistency.

      Reply

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