Oh, humm, “bid with confidence”. I am not so sure about that. Well are they the only one selling Delta status on eBay?
Oh look here is yet another one. User “airportrat75” also wants to sell you Silver Medallion status but at a fixed price of $500. Not sure what the bear has to do with Silver Medallion status, but whatever.
Now are both of these eBay users making such a bad choice? All we need to do is look at the Skymiles membership rules to see what Delta can do to us. It says on Delta.com:
Delta has the sole right to interpret and apply this Membership Guide and Program Rules. Please check back frequently for program updates or rule changes.
In the event the audit reveals discrepancies or violations, Delta may delay the processing of Award Certificates, Tickets, or other redemptions, cancel any outstanding Award Certificates, Award Tickets or other redemptions and withhold statements until the discrepancies or violations are resolved. Accounts found in violation are subject to penalty, up to and including termination of Medallion® status and closure of the SkyMiles account.
Well that is very clear in black and white. We all know we do not “own” our Skymiles. Delta can give or take them as they see fit. Our status, that we earn per the rules, is only “ours” as long as we do not violate the rules from Delta. If we do, we can lose it all – status, points and EVEN BOOKED TICKETS – even if you are mid trip! Yep, that is what it says.
So what about selling Delta things on eBay. Look what Delta further tells us about the sale of Skymiles and other related Delta things:
Sale or Barter Prohibited
Except as set forth below, the sale or barter of mileage credit, vouchers, Award Tickets, Medallion status, Pay with Miles tickets or any other benefit by SkyMiles members, or the attempt of any of the foregoing, is prohibited. Delta will terminate or deduct mileage from the account of any member who violates this rule. Award Certificates, Award Tickets, or Pay with Miles tickets obtained through prohibited sale or barter transactions are VOID, invalid for travel, and will be confiscated. Persons trying to use such tickets will not be permitted to travel unless they purchase a ticket from Delta at the applicable fare.
AH HA! There it is. The sale of “Medallion status” is against the rules. You can risk losing everything. What a stupid thing to do for a few hundred bucks.
Why am I bringing this up? This time of year many are earning their Choice Benefits or will over then next few months. Some may foolishly think about selling these perks. Please don’t. You CAN give them away to say a friend, co-worker or family member. That is fine; as you are not selling prohibited Delta items. Some have reached out to Delta to sell it with proceeds going to charity; but again, even if you are thinking of doing this, reach out and get the blessing from Delta first and get it in writing that you have their approval to do this.
I am sure you will see more and more of this type of auction over the next few months. You will even see Diamonds selling GOLD Medallion status for upwards of $1000 or more. Just remember if Delta catches the seller OR the buyer of medallion status, or other Delta related items, you may suddenly one day find your SkyMiles account closed and all your points, perks and awards – GONE! – René
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