One of our readers received a very pleasant surprise: his Diamond Medallion status was somehow extended into January 2023.
“Bob” (not his real name) checked his Fly Delta app and saw a “Congratulations on achieving Diamond Medallion” message. He has over three times the required MQM for Diamond status — but is nowhere near the spending requirements.
His MQD level is short of the Silver threshold, much less Diamond. And there’s $0 in co-branded Delta Air Lines SkyMiles American Express card spending.
(Bob lives in the United States and has a US address on file with Delta — so he is not MQD exempt.)
His SkyMiles membership card reflects the status extension through the 2022 Medallion year, which expires in January 2023.
I checked with some Gold, Platinum, and other Diamond members. None received status extensions.
So Why Did Bob Get His Status Extended?
We thought of three possibilities:
- This was a random Delta IT glitch. Bob was the lucky recipient of an unintended Diamond Medallion extension.
- Diamond status only will be extended through January 2023. Bob was one of the first people to get the benefit. But it can’t be a logical alphabetical or numerical system rolling out extensions. Bob’s last name starts with a letter farther down the alphabet than “de Lambert” — and Rene’s status wasn’t extended. Plus, Bob’s SkyMiles number is several numbers “lower” than Rene’s (i.e. Bob is a newer SkyMiles member).
- All SkyMiles status will be extended. And, again, Bob somehow was in the first wave of status extensions.
Frankly, all of them are plausible.
(Note to self: get Bob to buy me a lottery ticket.)
A Delta spokesperson told us, “We have not made any changes and are looking into this specific circumstance.”
Coincidence? Or Will Delta Announce Something Soon?
We wrote a couple of weeks ago reasons why Delta should extend status, vouchers, and certificates into the 2022 Medallion year. This came on the heels of Delta partner Air France/KLM extending some elite status into next year.
But here’s a twist. FTer “avninja” posted the thread “Global upgrades to be extended, no longer sad :)” and explained:
Hey all, sure enough my global upgrades were listed at expired on 3/1/21. But alas, I did receive a call today from customer service to inform me that global upgrades will be extended till the end of 2021. They mentioned it will take some time to restore these one by one, but expect to see them available soon. Proud of Delta for doing this.
This makes me wonder if there’s something in the pipeline. Will certificates and vouchers start getting extensions through at least the rest of 2021?
Is a big announcement from Delta is forthcoming?
What Do You Think?
If you have a logical explanation as to why Bob’s status was extended, we’d love to hear it. Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
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