My Delta Million Miler flight – The planning & start of the run to Japan
My Delta Million Miler flight – TSA at Chicago O’Hare ORD Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 777 Delta One Business class review to Japan NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Gogo International Satellite Speed Review
My Delta Million Miler flight – 2016 Delta One TUMI Amenity Kit Black and Gray Review
My Delta Million Miler flight – Narita NRT Airport outside observation Deck
My Delta Million Miler flight – IASS Priority Pass Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Korean Air Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 21
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 15
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 747 Delta One Business Class review from Japan NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Million Miler Gift Choices & My Selection
My Delta Million Miler flight – Final thoughts of reaching one million miles with Delta Air Lines
It really did take a long time to reach the 1 million mile mark with Delta. It’s funny I was a multi million miler with Northwest but they, back in the day, would credit ALL miles and I clearly amass a boatload of points from travel cards (and still do year after year btw). Once the merger happened, Delta went back and only credited me (us) with BIS points or my backside in the seat miles flown on NWA and partners.
The adventure of crossing the goal was a ton of fun as you can see in this series. Delta, the company itself, really did nothing to thank me for the accomplishment other than the auto generated email. Not even one of the press folks I work with sent a personal email saying congrats or thanks. I was not expecting anything at all from them and thus set things up myself to make it a sweet memory (with help from a frequent flyer pal and those I know inside Delta). So if you have just crossed, or are about to cross, this major milestone don’t expect anything from Delta.
I was really pleased with the price of the run as well as paying for it with a bump voucher and then successfully applying my Global Upgrade certs to this trip. For a frequent flyer and program enthusiast it was great to utilize so many perks I love on a trip of a lifetime to remember. #Winning. Extracting max value is what my blog has always been about for you and me.
So now I have lifetime Silver Medallion (FO) status. No wait, it was lifetime but since Delta is Delta they changed the wording to annual status. I have no idea why they made this wording change but I would assume so they can dump the perk if they wish without legal implications. Either way I now have yearly the lowest elite status with Delta giving me a number of perks that I can really work to maximize once I no longer fly Delta that often.
Speaking of perks, do I plan to go for 2MMs with Delta? I really doubt it. My years of heavy flying are nearing an end and I expect to enjoy my Diamond status for maybe 3 or 4 years more but not for a decade more. Well, that is my thinking at this point at least. But years ago Delta’s lowest elite status really meant something to the airline as well as in Skyteam. Now, you really need to be Gold Medallion or higher to be appreciated. My sinking suspicion is that if I push to reach 2MM and Gold status for “life”, by then GM status will be as under appreciated as FO status is now. Depressing but the reality of loyalty today – you are what you spend and what you spend right now.
Reflecting back, I miss so much of what both Delta and NWA was. I miss the days when they liked their partners rather than looking for ways to make them hate me as a Delta elite. I really think Delta has lost sight of what it means to be part of Skyteam. I hope things swing back at least to the middle. I will be including thoughts like these when I get a chance to comment after flights.
Another change I miss over the past year or so is Delta boarding music. Have you noticed it is now just “Muzak” type music. In the past it was always a neat lineup of unique stuff. I found some of my favorite artists by their selections like Gary B as well as a number of others. I would guess the folks at Delta who did this got cut along with those who ran the “real-ish Delta blog” that is no longer even called a blog (hey, at least you have me, right?).
So where do I go from here. Clearly Delta is the best of the bunch right now. United has so far still to go that I have just no interest in them. American is racing to the toilet so there is no considering now to go for that airline and alliance. I have a ton of points with them but will do what I have to in order to keep them active and start to burn them soon.
One thing is for sure, you will be able to keep counting on me to blog about all that Delta is doing now and in the future! – René
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