@RenesPoints Twitter follower Joe Lobsinger posted the above that he was successful this year requesting the Amex spend waiver for the 2019 Medallion year. Congratulations, Joe and enjoy your Diamond status this coming medallion year.
Just to bring everyone up to speed on what I am talking about today, it is this. A while back I broke the news that Delta was changing the old $25,000 Delta spend requirement, across all your combined Delta Amex co-branded cards, to $250,000 to be exempt from the MQD spend requirement for Diamond Medallion status. Delta left the old spend number for Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion.
But then something happened. Again I blogged that they were offering a waiver for those who did not reach this astronomical spend level and were granting just about anyone who asked a one time waiver if they were able to accomplish what was the old rules for reaching Diamond Medallion.
The real question was would Delta extend the waiver ONLY last year and ONLY for the 2019 Medallion year or would they keep this one time waiver going? Clearly they are in fact still offering the waiver in 2019 but so far ONLY for the 2019 Medallion year not for the 2020 Medallion year and I have other data points from readers via email to back this fact up as well including those who were waiting for Amex spend bonus MQMs to post.
Per the email from the Delta Diamond Desk it seems to indicate that this waiver will be made “one time over the lifetime of a SkyMiles account“. But does that mean in 2019, for the 2020 Medallion year we are right now qualifying for that we will have the shot at the waiver under the old rules (i.e. 125,000 MQMs and $25,000 Delta Amex co-branded spend)? Also, say in 2020 for the 2021 year will we have a shot then if we have not used it in 2018 or 2019? These are the data points I look forward to finding out.
Personally I will earn my 2020 Delta Diamond Medallion status the hard-ish way via flying BIS or my butt in Delta and Skyteam airline seats. But I may consider it for the following year if offered.
I look forward to any data points you readers can share if you are able to request the waiver for the 2020 Medallion year and have it granted! – René