Before you go “clickin’ on stuff” on Delta.com please read this post twice. Then read it again to be sure you get it or you could make a “DOH” choice. First the educational part.
From January 1st 2014 until December 31st 2014 you were earning your Medallion status for 2015.
Now you may have had some other perks during 2014, but please clearly understand that you earned your 2015 Medallion status. Understand?
That really is up to you but there is one thing you MUST NOT CHOOSE from the 2015 choices at this point and that is gifting Medallion status (either Silver as your Platinum gift or Gold as your Diamond gift). Why? The person you give this status to will have it only for a few days, that is, their upgraded status will end on February 1st, 2016.
Now that we are crystal clear on the 2015 Choice Benefit, earned in 2014, we can talk about the next one.
So, from January 1st 2015 until December 31st 2015 you were earning your Medallion status for 2016 that fully begins on February 1st 2016, that is, in a few days. As we follow the logic above we know there is NO RUSH to spend your Platinum or Diamond Choices benefits for 2016 (unless you want to that is) as you have OVER 1 YEAR TO CHOOSE THEM before they expire. That is, you have until February 1st, 2017 to spend that gift.
Then, as of the first of this year, that is, from January 1st 2016 until December 31st 2016 we are now earning our Medallion status for 2017.
Now regular blog readers will know I have rolled over enough MQMs to already have earned my Diamond status for next year since it took me only 13 days to be MQD exempt this year via my spending on my Delta AMEX Reserve card <-LINK. As you can see from my digital Delta SkyMiles card in the Fly Delta APP, it has already been updated to reflect my new status, that is, I am now Diamond until February 1st of 2018.
So, if you happen to be in the same boat as me, then you have an interesting situation on the way. After February 1st if I choose my 2017 Choice Benefits, I could for example gift my wife GOLD status. She would have the status “free” if you will all of 2016 and enjoy it all of 2017 and it would end February 1st of 2018. OR, I can wait almost 2 years to choose my Choice Benefits as I have until February 1st 2018 to make my selection.
I hope all of this is very clear. If it is not, please re-read this, or ask questions below, before you visit Delta.com to make your selections. Just whatever you do, do not let them go away by making NO selection that you have earned! – René