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Should Delta Create a 360-Like Status for Major Amex Spenders?

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Delta 360 is the “unpublished” (but published…) special tier of status the airline reserves for its most valued, prized passengers. (Sorry, Diamonds. It ain’t you.) The status is invitation-only; Delta doesn’t publish its requirements for this special, uber-elite status.

But Delta has an important relation$hip with American Express. The airline stands to rake in about seven billion dollars from Amex between now and 2023, thanks in no small part to their co-branded credit cards.

So should Delta Amex heavy spenders receive a special, elevated status above Diamond?

A Porsche is seen outside Delta Air Lines jets.

What Do Delta 360 Members Get? How Do People Become Members?

Delta 360 members can expect something along the lines of top spots on upgrade lists (though I bet many seldom fly coach), better chances at Porsche rides gate-to-gate, creme de la creme Delta phone reps, a 360-monogrammed backpack, Executive Membership to Delta Sky Clubs, and a 360 battery pack. And socks.

YouTuber Andi Wofford scored Delta 360 Status this year and published this video:

Anecdotally, we’ve heard from several sources Delta 360 requires anywhere between at least $50,000 to $100,000 spent annually with the mothership (How’s that for MQD? No, I don’t think MQD runs count.)

And MQM? Somewhere in the quarter-million range (again, each year).

The numbers are kept under wraps. It’s kind of like Fight Club, I guess.

A “New” Status for Big Time Delta Amex Spenders?

Given that the Diamond MQD waiver is $250,000 Amex spend, should major spending above and beyond that be rewarded? Should something in the $350,000 to $500,000 spend range trigger a special status? If not an invitation to 360, maybe something “360 lite”?

A friend of mine drops over a half-million dollars worth of work expenses on his Delta Reserve business card. So, yes, there are people who spend early, often, and heavily on their Delta Amex cards.

 

Delta Gold, Delta Platinum, and Delta Reserve personal and business American Express cards.

Perhaps elevated upgrade chances (above Diamond but below 360 — and also including Delta One on international flights!) and VIP phone reps? And socks, of course. 😉

What would this new status be called? Given that Comfort+ is commonly referred to as “C+” I wouldn’t be shocked if the program were named Delta 180 ;-).

What Do You Think?

Should Delta introduce a 360-type status for people who spend well into the six figures each year on their Delta credit cards? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!

–Chris

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2 Comments

  1. Brent Alexander Reply

    It would have to be a pretty valuable perk. There is a HUGE opportunity cost of spending that much on a Delta AMEX compared to getting 2.5%-2.6% cash back.

  2. Barry Graham Reply

    First they should lower the ridiculous $250K waiver for Diamond and create a formula that allows you to have your MQD and Amex spending considered at the same time.

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