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Delta Status Challenge — Know Which Flights Count For What

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We wrote yesterday about a Delta status match and challenge for certain targeted elite frequent flyers at other airlines.

But the promotion includes some interesting wording about which you should be aware.

Those who get matched to a Delta Medallion tier can extend their status through January 2022 by completing a challenge, of sorts.

  • If you receive Gold Medallion® Status: Fly 2 Qualifying Round Trips or 4 One Ways
  • If you receive Platinum Medallion® Status: Fly 4 Qualifying Round Trips or 8 One Ways
  • If you receive Diamond Medallion® Status: Fly 6 Qualifying Round Trips or 12 One Ways

So what’s the big deal?

One Ways Are NOT Necessarily Segments/Individual Flights

You might see “One Ways” and get excited that a trip involving connections will meet your flight requirements.

Not necessarily.

For example, say you’re based in Los Angeles and want to meet the Gold Medallion status challenge. You decide to book a trip to/from Chicago, connecting through Minneapolis-St.Paul.

Your itinerary is LAX-MSP-ORD-MSP-LAX on the return. Four flights, right?

Technically, yes.

But a Delta spokesperson confirmed that for this promotion, our example qualifies as two one-ways and one round trip. So don’t even think in terms of Medallion Qualification Segments — at least, as far as this promotion goes.

What’s a Good Strategy?

You might as well fly Delta — even with connections — if you need to meet the promotion’s flight requirements and must travel anyway. (Provided, of course, Delta’s prices and schedules work with your personal needs.)

Another option might be taking short, quick roundtrip “Status Runs” (that hopefully aren’t too expensive.) For example, LAX to Vegas, Denver to Salt Lake City, maybe DFW to ATL, etc.

Finally, “nesting” trips (on separate PNRs, of course) might be something worth considering. But be careful about booking too many trips for one day. A Schedule Change Saturday could really wreak havoc with your plans.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m trying to find out if flights booked with a companion cert will count? Does the full paying passenger’s flight count towards this challenge? I would think it should, obviously the passenger who is traveling on the free ticket should not count.

    Can anyone confirm?

  2. If you receive Platinum Medallion® Status: Fly 4 Qualifying Round Trips or 8 One Ways

    What happens if I have

    1) 4 x one-way tickets
    2) 2 x round trip tickets

    Thanks

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