Back in “the day” is was a simple thing to get a status match with Delta. You simply faxed over your card and statement to Delta and “bing” you were medallion.
You can Status Match with just about any airline but most of the time it is a one shot deal – EVER! I did a status match to Continental to Platinum before they became “United” as I think I could do it again with United now if I would want to. I also did one with KLM (why? just because I could and wanted to see how good they were to their own PM’s), from Continental Platinum when they offered that last year.
Now to Status Match with Delta, you must “FLY” to keep your status match during the “challenge” period. After July 1st each year is a good time to do this as if you do you get the better part of 2 years status (19 months) this way (i.e. match NOW and earn status good till FEB2014).
Also, please note that “officially“, per DELTA rules, all the MQM’s must be flown miles i.e. “flight requirements“. MQM’s from other sources like a Delta AMEX card do not count nor would say a bonus from a AMEX Membership Rewards transfer bonus count. Before you comment, “I did a match and got 10k AMEX credit just fine”, I said officially. If you “roll the dice” and try that route, it may work if no human looks at your account. But, if a human does, they may kick it out so be careful or know what could happen.
You can only match up to Platinum Medallion but once you accomplish the “challenge” MQM’s needed you will get all the goodies including your “choice benefit” gift for making it to PM. Also note there are some restriction during the challenge period regarding partner airlines:
A Medallion membership card will be not issued for the 90-day qualification period. You may enjoy Medallion benefits on Delta or Delta Connection by logging in at delta.com or providing your SkyMiles number when making reservations or at check-in. During the 90-day period, you will not have access to all reciprocal Medallion benefits with Delta’s partner airlines, including access to SkyTeam® lounges.
Members who are matched to Platinum Medallion status will not be eligible for Choice Benefits until the flight requirement to maintain Platinum Medallion status is met. If the member does not meet the flight requirement, the member will not be eligible for Choice Benefits.
Through this offer, you may maintain the same or lower Medallion status level as your matched status. If you are matched to Silver Medallion status, you will not be able to earn Gold Medallion status through this offer, even if you will fly more than 16,000 MQMs or 20 MQS’s during the offer period. But if you have been matched to Gold Medallion status and you only fly 8,000 MQMs or 10 MQS’s you will earn Silver Medallion status. Your Medallion status will be returned to non-Medallion status if you are unable to complete the minimum flight requirement within the 90-day period.
Bottom line, if you want to match with Delta, and are going to fly a bunch with Delta this year and going forward, now would be a good time to get that done! Welcome to Delta – René
PS – be sure and check the up-to-date post about Status matching HERE!