Time for some updates. Well, really many are non-updates, but I am getting so many questions it would be good to have a post to reference that is current. Let’s start with some good news or at least it is good news so far and it will take some elite math to explain.
As of 00.01 AM on 1JAN17 we began earning Delta MQMs for the 2018 Medallion year. Thus, if you started at ZERO and flew 125,000 miles this month and spent net $15,000 on Delta tickets, you will have a “free ride” as Diamond Medallion this year 2017 and you will be Diamond all of next year 2018, the year you earned, and that will end on 1FEB19.
Here is where this is good news – unless Delta really wants to face serious backlash – they cannot “mess” with the 2018 Medallion year. At this point, after 1FEB17, any changes they announce should impact the 2019 Medallion year. At least if any changes are negative that is.
On March 23, of 2016, on this blog I posted the great news that “Delta will soon allow per-selection of 1st class meal choice at booking!”. I had word from the Delta CORP representative Catherine Sirna:
“Delta passengers in First Class or Delta One will be able to preselect the meal of their choice when booking, or up to 24 hours prior to departure, via Delta.com.”
I was told it would happen by the end of 2016. Well clearly that did not happen. American Airlines allows this up to 30 days before flight on domestic 1st class as you can see from the screen shot from their web site. So when will this change happen for Delta? I have asked again and again and have been told I will be told when it happens.
The next non-update is about the ability to opt-out of middle seat Comfort Plus or C+ “upgrades”. I say upgrades in quotes because the vast majority of us do not in any way feel an upgrade to a middle coach seat that is just as big as all the other seats in coach is never EVER an upgrade (when traveling alone). Alaska gets this and with their equivalent of C+ they will NOT upgrade a single traveler to a middle seat. My friend @laptoptravel has spoken to a number of Delta contacts who said this opt-out was on the way with Delta but clearly, like the pre-order meal choice, something is blocking it from coming on-line. Maybe Delta IT if I were to venture a guess or it would in some way negatively impact REV MGT would be another safe bet. Who knows but for now we wait.
Any questions on these? Fire away in the comments below. – René