Oh Delta and their elite games. On the blog last year I broke the news that Delta was all but destroying Diamond qualification with the requirement of $250,000 in Delta co-branded Amex spend to qualify via the spend waiver. But then this year I have CONFIRMED that anyone asking and qualifying under the old rules can get it again this year (if they said no, ask again, as those asking again are getting a YES now fyi). And now we have this:
Yep! Delta is all but giving away FREE Platinum Medallion status to those who are even nominal flyers out of Boston until January of 2020 (they are giving Gold to Silvers and Platinum to Gold via this targeted offer). Sounds shocking – but they have offered this to just about anyone breathing in the past.
Now I get that Gold Medallion as well as Platinum Medallion status is not what it was just a few years ago but still has it’s perks as Delta points out. Depending on when you fly you can get a BUNCH of upgrades as a Platinum Medallion and if you have a +1 they can be Platinum Medallion “lite” when they are flying with you – not bad.
The only bad part about this deal is for those who have EARNED, either via Amex Card spend or via BIS, that is, butt in seat flying, are now having the elite ranks diluted with all these gifted Medallions. So sorry you who were Delta spend loyal this year – surprise – you could have got this for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! 😉
What if you were not targeted for these offers and you live in the Boston area? I would reach out to Delta and ask to get the above deal. After all, Delta seems to be in a giving mood this year when it comes to bending the rules with Medallion status! – René
(HT Reader SF)