My mail has really piled up at home after two weeks off enjoying the Norwegian Dawn (review up soon) and one of the things waiting for me was the new, “Made in China”, Delta Million Miler Tags.
First some background on this and elite “Brag Tag” news. A number of years ago Delta made the choice to enhance Silver Medallion elites to paper only printed elite identification. The next year Gold Medallions were enhanced, who are Skyteam Elite+ members, and also got downgraded to paper. Then, as of last year, Delta enhanced the top elites Diamond Medallions (but not Delta 360* members) from impressive metal Brag Tags to plastic ones. Most of the above is now changing back to what it once was (well, mostly).
Per Delta.com and their news feed we learn that as of THIS YEAR 2019 Diamond Medallion will again be getting metal elite tags in the mail but they will be a little different in two ways. Also, as of next year, that is 2020, ALL ELITES will again get Brag Tags to “show off your medallion status with pride“! But I mentioned some changes.
The first thing that is changing is all the tags will be without million miler designation if you have earned that i.e. 1M or 2M etc. Instead Delta is sending out separate million miler tags – wow are they cheap. If you look at the photo at the top of this page you will see there is a deep scratch on one of my tags and I have never even put it on a bag. Also notice another change that is mentioned in the Delta.com update.
Rather than the strong and sturdy metal loop that would, more or less, permanently attach your tag to your bag (#ProTip – use a dot of super glue when you close the loop), they are now including for both the million miler and, presumably, with the new metal Diamond tags “luggage connector loops made out of a more durable rubber“- sigh. One of the big complaints I get from readers is tags disappearing when they check the bag (maybe because these tags tend to end up for sale on eBay?). You can always buy a few of the old quality metal loops to have on hand to use instead.
I really enjoyed my Million Miler flight. The Delta crew were amazing and I still on twitter have one of my most cherished #AVgeek photos of popping out of the escape hatch in NRT on a 747 before the flight! As Sandeep says, few have flown that much in their lifetime.
I was so frustrated when Delta went to cheap plastic Diamond tags and MANY readers have told me their tags went snap and died a few flights into the year (maybe why Delta is changing them back to metal?). Also, let’s not forget, Delta has in the past offered (for some back in 2013) amazing metal Tiffany’s million miler tags. These were high quality with a sturdy leather loop and would last (unlike the current ones that I am sure will not).
Now on the ultimate question on these and other brag tags – why put them on your bags at all? Some folks think that it is not, as Delta says, showing off your medallion pride to use these kinds of tags but just arrogant. However, I have proven again and again (think #ProTip) on the blog and in my travels with Delta and Skyteam that having these types of tags on your bags can impact your travel in many tiny ways for the better. My wife and I both keep our metal Diamond tags on our carry-on and roll-aboard bags (nice when you are challenged by a gate agent)!
Are you a Delta 1,2,3 or more million miler? Did you get your new tags yet? Are you impressed with them and are you going to put them on your bag(s)? Are you happy all elites will again get brag tags in 2020? Let us all know! – René