This is one of those posts I just had to put up and add to the “Essentials Tab” on the blog. When it comes to dates with Delta Air Lines there are so many seemingly conflicting and contradicting rules. There really is logic behind them all and once you look at them it is not so hard but readers, and even me, have to stop and think about what product or what option is best for them. Let’s look at them one by one:
Bump Vouchers. This one is basically a two year product. From the date you take the bump, you have one year to spend the voucher. You also have one additional year to fly the voucher, that is, you must have completed all flights by two years from the date you took the bump.
Credit Vouchers. These can come from issues. They can be from a canceled ticket or a partial credit or any number of other ways. Much like a bump voucher they are good for one year to spend and you have one additional year to fly them.
Elite year. This one seems confusing but is not when you think about it. You are NEVER earning the current elite year you are in. Even if it is January 1st of whatever year you are not earning that year’s status. It is always, at least, the next year’s status. So say you are just reading this post today. If you, today, were to earn status [whatever level] you would have all the perks of that status free till the end of this year but would have the status next year. That elite year ends the last day of January the year after your earned year. Lastly, you do not get to double dip the elite Choice Benefits as you only get them for the elite year you earned not the “free” partial year.
Upgrade Certs. I have covered this in the Choice Benefits post but good to have it all in this “date” post as I got a reader question just the other day. These certs have a one year “shelf life” if you will, and that year starts the day your redeem them. That is why it is smart to wait to select them until you need them as the expiration date begins the day you select them. Also, unlike bumps, you MUST fly them, that is, complete all flights one year after selection date.
HOOU drink coupons. These are kinda strange. As a rule of thumb they are medallion year based. Keep in mind the old medallion elite year ends the last day of January each year so these, most times, start February 1st each year and must be spent before they expire one year later. You can give these to anyone you want, they just must be spent before they expire. The question often comes up can you use these past the expiration date? Maybe but if so they are “unofficial” that is, the rep will take it and toss it and just give you the drink. Please note that expired vouchers are unlikely to work with regional partners compared to mainline Delta.
Delta e-Gift cards / vouchers. These, per Delta, NEVER expire. But one huge warning when it comes to the electronic ones – they are not tracked or stored anywhere. If you lose the number [and redemption code] that came when you got them they are then just gone.
Delta / AMEX BOGOF certs. These are very much tied to your credit card year that is different from anything else tied to Delta. For example, if your annual card fee bills on July 1st each year you have one year from that date to use AND to fly the cert. You can use this for yourself and another person or you can use it for anyone else you want, that is, any two people you enter in as passengers.
I think that is the bulk of the topics and issues readers tend to face with Delta but if I have missed any please comment below and I will update the body of this post as I want this to be a reference we can keep and bookmark to use. – Rene