We have a little update to our post from last week in which René suggested Delta extend all Medallion members’ status for another year.
Reader David K. emailed us that “the Delta Diamond Medallion line (said) that they’re working on a solution for extending status for Diamond & Platinum Medallions due to COVID-19. They’re also looking to extend anyone on the ‘Reclaim My Status’ challenge. The agent said an announcement would be coming out soon. I’m currently on the challenge to regain Diamond, but my company cancelled all travel.” (Thanks, David!)
Last night, Rene and some other Medallions received an email that contained this bit:
With that in mind — and when the time is right — what might be fair for flyers and Delta when it comes to status this year?
Adjust Reclaim My Status
Delta introduced “Reclaim My Status” last year — a feature that gives a Medallions a status challenge when a “life event” interrupts their travel patterns. The airline says, “This includes things like becoming a new parent, changing jobs, going back to school, experiencing a medical issue, needing to take care of a friend or family member or another life event.”
On one hand, Delta might (understandably) think No good deed goes unpunished and decide self-quarantining, government-imposed lockdowns, or other related circumstances qualify for Reclaim My Status.
Or this could be an interesting test of the feature.
Reduce the Elite Thresholds
IHG lowered their elite status thresholds. Would Delta do the same and knock down the MQD and/or MQM requirements?
(Side note: if you really want IHG status, just get the IHG Rewards Club Premier MasterCard, which costs $89 a year and gives you complimentary Platinum status).
Along those lines —
Reduce the MQD Waiver
The coronavirus’ economic impact will be huge. Many businesses and people might not be able to meet spend requirements — especially a quarter-million dollars.
Increase MQM Bonuses on Flights
Delta should consider implementing what Alaska Airlines introduced — 50% elite mileage bonuses — when the dust settles.
- Full-fare first (F) and business (J) tickets would earn 3 MQM instead of 2
- Discounted first and full-fare economy (Y, B) would bring in 2.25 MQM instead of 1.5
- Premium Select would net 1.8 MQM over the current 1.25
- Main Cabin and Basic Economy tickets would earn 1.5 MQM
We know Delta wants to sell first class and premium seats; adding MQM kickers would go a long way.
Extend Upgrade Certificates
Marriott is extending Suite Night Awards through the end of next year. Delta would ingratiate themselves by doing the same with Regional (RUC) and Global (GUC) upgrade certificates.
Plus — Don’t Forget the Huge Delta Reserve Card Bonuses!
Delta and American Express are offering 20,000 bonus MQM to new applicants of both the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express and Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express.
Each card offers 20,000 MQM to new cardholders who spend $5000 on purchases within three months of being approved. Consider those offers if you’re worried about falling short of MQM. (The offers expire April 1.)
What Ideas Do You Have?
What could Delta realistically implement to help Medallions with their status requirements this year? Please share your comments!
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