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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

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  1. Rick Christman Reply

    I am on the fence, Rene’, regarding DM status. With limited upgrade opportunities, even from DFW (not a bastion DL land) it is harder and harder to receive an upgrade. Even with Global Upgrade, nearly impossible on ATL-AMS – even on a Saturday.

    It is nice to be recognized and have the ability to enter the SkyClub, especially when there is a problem with a flight (not too often).

    So put me at 50% whether I think it is worth being a DM. I researched AA and Alaska and found I would probably be no better on those airlines for the routes I fly.

    This is what happens when there is reduced competition in the marketplace. I don’t see this changing any time soon (more than a decade).

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