Since there have been so many changes as of late, I thought I would pop up a rookie-ish post about all these changes after last Friday’s post. Today I really just poking fun, sorta, at all the changes, so I did not want to put it on a Rookie Wednesday. Now to be clear, most of what I am talking about is real in practice if not officially recognized by our beloved airline. Let’s “dive” in to today’s rant by yours truly (gosh I hope you have your air tanks on as I am going deep 🙂 )
Diamond Medallion makes sense as a top status. Diamonds have real value. They are hard to beat. They sparkle and everyone is impressed with a big diamond. When it comes to the status, it commands attention not just from those who see your “cow bell” but those at Delta will bend over backwards to make a Diamond happy.
Platinum Medallion. The metal itself trades higher than gold. It has real value. It is a harder metal than gold and commands attention. So does the status of the same name with Delta. You have “bling” with Delta. Reps care and the elite line is often answered by the amazingly talented Chisholm call center.
Gold Medallion. Who does not love gold. It is shiny, pretty and throughout history everyone knows the value of gold. While a soft metal, they say nothing glitters like gold. As to the status, this is the elite level where the airline cares about you. You get real value and while softer than Platinum, you are still pretty.
Silver Medallion. Jewelry is made from silver but it is also used a TON in manufacturing things so it is kinda an industrial metal. This metal has value but compared to gold pales in comparison in value and beauty. Same goes when it comes to elite perks. Sure you get some, but don’t you compare yourself to the two truly precious metals above you or the sparkly diamond.
Bronze Medallion. This is the new SPG Platinum level with CrossoverRewards. Bronze was revolutionary for its time. This was new technology. Well, it was a few thousands of years ago. Bronze medallion really is revolutionary in the airline industry. To “alloy” status to someone who has NO status with the airline, but has top status with a HOTEL CHAIN. This new blending of hotel and air is a huge change. Granted the perks seem to be amazing, but that is only until you compare them to the precious metals above.
Copper Medallion. This is the new buy yourself status or Smart Travel Pack. Copper can be melted down and used over and over and is useful to a point but bends easily. This metal looks good till it ages and then the oxidized green look is only attractive to some. Most say a shiny penny is nice and they say a penny saved is a penny earned. I say a penny saved is a waste of time! Same goes for this new status. It seems great and seems to have value. But I bet after it weathers a bit, those who got it will think otherwise and be “green” with envy of anyone above them who has any kind of real or semi-real status with Delta. Copper is good for a lot of things – not for flying an airline.
Aluminum Medallion. This is the Delta Platinum card. Aluminum is a light weight metal and is very flexible. It sure looks good and it can be recycled again and again. It can be molded into just about any shape and it is very cheap in comparison to any of the metals above. For so many, the Delta Platinum card is just the same. Light & reasonably priced for all the benefits this “metal” gives you!
So there is my list of the, in my mind anyway, the 7 “current” real and fake Medallion levels with Delta. They all have some intrinsic value and thankfully there are still more metals on the periodic table to go through when Delta comes up with the next way to package what they have to offer. What do you think of my “heavy metal” rant today; is it too over top 😉 ? – René
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