Achieving Million Miler status is a pretty big accomplishment. Each time you accrue a million miles on an airline, the carrier gives you a gift of some sort.
Delta gives you annual Silver at 1M or Gold status at 2M & 3M or Platinum at 4M (depending on how many millions of miles you’ve earned) and some luggage or jewelry.
United, meanwhile, steps it up. While UA may not give you premium luggage or shiny bracelets, they gift both you and a companion annual elite status. American gives you miles and upgrades.
Is it time for once Delta copy United and American — and up their Million Miler game?
Delta Million Miler Gifts
FlyerTalk member Fred 3 recently crossed the 2 Million Mile mark on Delta (congratulations!) and, while grateful to the mothership for being offered a gift, seemed a bit underwhelmed by his choices:
Samsonite 21 or 24 inch bag, value $115
Assorted Tiffany Jewelry, value $100-$185
Tumi Cosmetic, Tote Bag or Wallet, value $125 ish
The 2 Million Miler gift seems close to what’s offered the initial, plain old Million Miler gifts.
On one hand, the “quality travel and business accessories” by Hartmann/Samsonite and Tumi seem appropriate. You log some serious time in the air accruing a million miles. (And/or spent a ton of money on Delta co-branded American Express cards). Quality baggage is a necessity — and you probably already own it.
And because most (I assume) road warriors are business travelers, the business accessories may come in handy.
There’s also Tiffany & Co. “beautiful jewelry and luxury items.” (Hey, if that’s your thing, awesome!)
As mentioned, Delta also includes annual Silver Medallion status at the 1 Million Mile threshold, and Gold Medallion at 2. Once you cross 4 Million, you receive annual Platinum Medallion status. It was called lifetime in the past (we can speculate whey they changed the wording). 😉
A Reader “Duane” sent us this screenshot of his Million Miler gift offerings:
“The current million mile offerings are pathetic, to say the least… No Tumi, just a bunch of Samsonite luggage, the best of which is worth no more than $100 or so,” he added.
Yes, a First World Problem But…
A lot of FlyerTalk members participating in the thread weren’t knocked out by Delta’s Million Miler gifts. To be certain, everyone seems onboard that this is definitely a first-world problem.
But Million Milers invest a lot of time away from home, family, and other loved ones. For those funding their own travel (as opposed to their employers or clients paying for it), they also spend a ton of money with Delta.
What do some of these folks have to say?
It’s mindboggling that Delta apparently buys these things and keeps them in their own inventory rather than just giving recipients a choice and having the manufacturer drop ship.
I finally got around to “claiming” my 4 MM gift when I was told there is now a time limit to claiming the gift. I sent in for one of the Tumis. Got an email saying my choice was on the way. Then about 6 weeks later got an email from Delta apologizing they had run out, and now I could select from the current selection. Needless to say I was not pleased. I sent in a complaint via TTU and still, many weeks later have not received a response. Poor customer service at best.
I had no choice for 1MM. I was sent a Pleather note pad folder. 2MM the options got somewhat better but no Tumi. Now that I’m hitting 3MM, looks like they’ve gotten bad again. Oh well, can’t wait for all the extra benefits they will send my way for being 3MM
I got the same offer when I hit 5 MM in June. Our expectations should all be lowered
United and American Million Miler Gifts
United awards tiered lifetime status to its Million Milers — and a companion. So your spouse or significant other can also enjoy the same status United gifts you.
While American also offers different levels of status at the first two Million Miler marks, it throws in some gifts to enhance (not in a Delta way) or boost your travels.
Not only are you gifted lifetime (of the AAdvantage program) Gold status, but you also receive 35,000 bonus redeemable miles. Sure, a million miler may not ache to jump back on a plane and use the miles. But the miles can help add to a nice aspirational trip with family or friends they’ve missed while racking up their million miles.
At two million, you receive Platinum status and four one-way system upgrades. (You’re also gifted four upgrades at each successive million miles).
How Could Delta Improve Their Million Miler Gifts?
I agree 100% with FlyerTalker jdrtravel’s sentiment:
I imagine that 4 SWU are worth FAR more to most people than any of the gifts DL has ever offered. I’d love to see DL switch to offering 4 GCU’s per million miles flown, and skip the gifts. I’d imagine that most frequent travelers already own decent luggage anyway.
Throwing in Global Upgrade Certificates would be fantastic. Granted, they’re getting tougher to redeem. But I’d certainly prefer flying Delta One with my wife during an international trip.
I can always use miles — and would take our daughter on an extra trip. (Yes, Tumi is a great brand and makes fantastic products — but I’m perfectly happy with my TravelPro gear.)
What do you think?
Are you happy with Delta’s Million Miler gifts? Or would you prefer something different? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
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