Delta, this past week, took live the opportunity to donate money to them to “elevate” your status with them. The prices, as in years past, are truly mind numbing. I can not comprehend why in the world anyone would fork over this kind of money (see above offer one reader got) vs. simply flying somewhere fun on a mileage run with Delta partners in business class for fractions of that amount (need help – see this post). But is there a better choice? Yes! And the time to act is NOW!
I broke the news, from a private Facebook group, that there was in fact a shot at a one-time waiver. Later, RenesPoints readers found that on a case by case basis Delta was granting the waiver over the phone (via the medallion line). Finally, and IMO the best way to go about this, is that the Diamond Medallion desk via reaching out to Delta on Delta.com was granting waivers to folks who asked.
- You were Diamond in 2017 (now flying Diamond in 2018)
- You have earned 125,000+ MQMs this year (for 2019)
- You have spent at least $25,000+ across all your Delta Amex co-branded cards
First things first – who can get the waiver? You must meet the above criteria. If you are not Diamond now it is highly unlikely you will be granted the waiver (I only know of one Platinum who got it vs. many who got a quick NO!). Will it mean an automatic YES if you have the above accomplished? No, but most are succeeding (#ProTip – If you got a no a few months ago – try again now).
But what if you would rather wait and try this waiver request next year i.e. after 1JAN19 and see if you can get it for 2020 instead of this year? I would not count on that happening. Notice in an approval e-mail for the waiver from Delta the wording that was included:
“In reviewing your request and due to your loyalty, we are making a one time exception (this will not be offered next year), and have granted you Diamond for 2019 Status through January 31, 2020. Please allow 24 hours for your SkyMiles account to updated.” – From Delta to a reader who was granted the waiver (bold mine)
So it seems that this year (i.e. for the 2019 medallion year) is going to be the only time this spend waiver, from the old qualifying standards, is going to be offered to medallions (bummer, cuz I was personally going to try this for next year).
I know a bunch of readers tossed in the towel after the changes last year to the qualification requirements and will either drop in status with Delta or have moved to other airlines – I understand. But either way, if you are going to try for the waiver, now is the time to act! – René