If you are a Gold, Platinum or Diamond Medallion, and for whatever reason lose your medallion card, all you do is log on to Delta.com to My Wallet and click on “Re-Order” and Delta will send you a new one in a few weeks.
This is the same card all medallions get in the year kit. Now this is “just” the card. Unlike the kit that includes bag tags and for Platinums and Diamonds HOOU or Have One on Us drink coupons & JWD or Job Well Done certs.
However, starting this year, all new Silver Medallions can only get their card online or via the Fly Delta APP. No physical cards will be sent to you each year you qualify (nor any bag tags etc). Notice that when a Silver Medallion goes to their “My Delta” page it brings up, not a re-order button, but a print button.
This gives you the chance to print a card with your name, number and Skymiles bar code on the card. If you have a color printer clearly will look a little better, but you had better have some packing tape to make it a bit more permanent for your wallet.
So you may be saying “who cares”? For domestic travel you are for the most part right. Especially if you do have the Fly Delta APP (I would do a screen shot for off-line use) and can pull up your digital card in your phone.
When can it matter? With some Delta partners and especially internationally having a “real” card can come in handy. Plus, if your phone is dead in that kind of situation, again a physical card can be good to have on hand.
Now if you are a “#BragTag” kind of person and want to have some kind of Delta luggage tag on your bag, carry-on or such – all you have to do is jump on EBay and you can buy your own set of medallion tags for those who make a sport of selling them to try to claw back a few dollars of benefit after all the crushing cuts Delta keeps making month after month over the past few years (yeah, technically against the rules, but I doubt the mothership will go after folks who do this). – René