If you are waking up today and forgot to redeem your 2020 Delta Medallion Choice Benefits – don’t say we did not warn you (both on the blog and a bunch on Twitter as well). I locked in my SkyMiles choice and hope one day to be able to spend them at a reasonable award level (what – a man can dream – right?).
But as of today, those who were either Platinum or Diamond Medallion in 2020, have the “free” medallion year upon us as a gift from Delta and that means we now have access to the 2021 Choice Benefits (<-link to Delta.com landing page). Should you spend them right away? Yes and No. Take a look:
There are a number of choices you do NOT want to spend right away like Global or Regional upgrade certs as the 1-year expiration clock begins the day you pick them. You want to wait until you need them to redeem them (reps can issue your ticket and apply the certificates and then later load in the certificate numbers – and, yes, I have done this many, many times).
But there are two choices you should jump on if you can use them. They are Sky Club membership and gifting Medallion status.
Notice for both of these the expiration date is the end of January 31st of 2022. This means either you, or in case of gifted status to a friend, can enjoy them for one full year, and thus today is the day to get MAX benefit out of this Choice Benefit from Delta.
Now before I get slammed in the comments below – I understand very few are flying. I get that, for example, gifting status to someone who is not able to fly is all but pointless. If that is you – this post is not for you. 😉
However, there are a number of folks who ARE flying right now. There are many who either have got their first and or second shot and are now only weeks away from being as safe as possible to travel. If this is you or someone you can gift status to they can benefit now more than ever. Even Gold Medallion (or Silver Medallion in the case of the Platinum benefit option) status could yield some sweet upgrades with so few flying for the next few months.
From most reader reports, Skyclubs are not very crowed and if you don’t have access from either the non-Delta Amex personal or business Platinum card or the Delta Amex personal or business Reserve card Sky Club access could be a nice option.
I personally will simply sit on my 2021 choices as I hope for the chance to use them for Global Upgrades sometime later on this year when it is safe for me to fly again! – René
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