René, back in March, shared that Medallion kits would be delayed till the end April this year. This after new (really cheap and ugly) separate Million Miler kits were sent out. It took a while but my Delta Platinum Medallion kit with brag tags and JWD certificates have finally showed up — halfway into the year!
I’ve been a Delta Medallion for the past half-dozen years and held each level of elite status (except Delta360). My Medallion kits generally arrived in February or March each year. (My wife received her 2019 Platinum Medallion envelope back in March — and loves reminding me.)
When nothing arrived by April —including my e-HOOU certs — I called the Platinum Medallion Desk to confirm my details. Did they send the kit already? Maybe it got lost in the mail? Did my neighbors high-jack my brag tags?
My speculation ran wild. 🙂
The rep said a new vendor is distributing the Medallion credentials this year and some mailings were delayed. She said to sit tight through April.
Nothing showed up by early May, so I tried the good folks at @Delta on Twitter. The rep ordered a new kit after confirming my SkyMiles number, birth-date, address. S/he also said I’d receive everything within two to four weeks and the HOOUs would post to my Fly Delta app during that period as well.
Sandwiched between a couple of Amex bills Saturday (which are vital to pay on time!) was my Delta Platinum Medallion kit.
What I Noticed
Forgive me for being late to the game — many of you Medallions surely got your kits already — but I see Delta added “Experience the Platinum Medallion Difference” to this year’s tags.
I do miss physical membership cards, simply because they come in handy overseas when accessing SkyTeam lounges. Fortunately, I still have my 2018 Diamond Medallion card tucked in alongside my passport. Also know you can no longer request replacement tags no matter what elite level you have earned with Delta.
What’s the Big Deal?
So are Medallion kits really something special? As a travel loyalty program nerd, I get a kick out of them.
Personally, I enjoy spotting other Delta flyers’ brag tags. It’s always interesting — to me, at least — to see which levels get upgraded, who’s flying where, and all sorts of other trivial things I think up at the airport.
My brag tags are pretty worn by year’s end — often crunched in overhead bin doors or car trunks, stepped on, and all sorts of other mishaps. Receiving new ones is nice. I strongly recommend, though, forgoing the plastic tag fasteners (pictured above with the brag tags) Delta provides Platinums and lower; I use these cables instead. They’re far more durable — and you can easily add other tags (contact information, Million Miler brag tags…).
I love the Job Well Done certificates. Giving them to a deserving Delta employee — and there are many — is always fun. I wish Delta gave us more JWD certs. Until then, we can make our own. We can also email MedallionThanks@delta.com.
The HOOU certificates still haven’t posted. I’m usually in first class or a C+ where cocktails are complimentary. Besides, when I’m seated in the Main Cabin, it’s usually an emergency exit row seat — where I probably shouldn’t be knocking down too many drinks anyway. 😉
Do You Like or Use the Medallion Kits? When Did You Receive Yours This Year?
Are brag tags an obnoxious DYKWIA (do you know who I am) symbol? Do you enjoy having them? Are you STILL waiting for your 2019 kit to arrive? Tell us in the Comment section below! — Chris