Surprise! Delta dropped a huge announcement this morning about Medallion status earnings through the rest of 2021.
(Like, I want to check the U.S. Geological Survey website to see if these registered on the Richter scale. 🙂 )
Delta will boost MQM, MQS, and MQD earnings on Delta flights — including award travel — by at least 50%. (And yes, you read that correctly: award flights are included.) Plus, some Delta Amex credit card benefits are being extended into next year.
They also touted their safety and care standards, cool website tools, and some other stuff. But here are the things we know you really want to know 🙂 .
May Day! Middle Seats Being Unblocked on May 1
In a move that didn’t surprise us at all, Delta announced they will no longer block middle seats for flights departing as of May 1.
MQM, MQS, and MQD Earnings
Here’s what Delta said about earning MQM, MQS, and MQD:
Effective April 1 through December 31, 2021, SkyMiles members will earn:
- At least 50% more MQM, MQS, MQDs on Delta flights. Inclusive of:
- Paid tickets
- Pay with Miles
- Delta Vacations packages
- Award Travel
- Miles + Cash tickets
- An additional 25% (75% total) on all premium cabins:
- Delta One
- Delta Premium Select
- First Class
- Delta Comfort+
- Upgrades purchased after initial ticket purchase (using cash or miles) are included.
Delta adds that for “April 1-May 15, 2021 travel, bonus MQMs, MQSs and MQDs will be retroactively credited to your account by May 31, 2021. If you don’t see them immediately after your flight during this time period, know they’ll be credited soon. Bonuses are only applicable to earning Medallion Status, redeemable miles on Delta flights remain the same.”
Plus, the changes apply to Reclaim My Status and Status Challenges.
I’m guessing that Delta will not automatically rollover MQM, MQS, or MQD like they did for everyone or extended status as they did last year. (Rollover MQM for Medallions should still be intact; business as usual there, as far we know.)
Instead, you’ll actually have to fly and/or rack up spend on Delta Amex cards to earn status for the 2022 Medallion year.
Delta Amex Credit Card Benefits Extended
Cardholders of most Delta American Express cards got some good news. (Sorry, Delta Blue Amex folks.)
Delta Gold Amexes
Delta Platinum Amexes
Delta SkyMiles Platinum cardholders (personal and business) with unused Companion Certificates as of March 31, 2021 or Companion Certificates issued from April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021 will have the expiration date extended to book and fly by June 30, 2022.
Delta Reserve Amexes
Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders (personal and business) with unused Companion Certificates as of March 31, 2021 or Companion Certificates issued from April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021 will have the expiration date extended to book and fly by June 30, 2022.
Plus, unused Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes issued from January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 will have the expiration dates extended to June 30, 2022.
I certainly appreciate the Flight Credit, Companion Certificate, and Guest Pass extensions. Because I was none too happy about having a bunch that looked as though they’d go unused. But I’m glad Delta extended them for a reasonable amount of time.
The elevated MQM, MQS, and MQD earnings are pretty great, I must say. But that assumes people are willing to travel before government health agencies give their OK. And who knows when that will be?
But for people ready to travel, these present some very interesting possibilities. Especially during April with middle seats still blocked. Basic Economy mileage runs, anyone? (Now would be a wonderful time for you to sign up for our Elite Mileage Run alerts.)
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