We’ve received plenty of emails, blog comments, and social media messages about the Delta SkyMiles Amex cards‘ “Track Your Status Boost” counter not updating.
The feature on American Express’s website tracks a Delta Amex card’s annual cumulative eligible spending toward MQM bonuses. It’s a helpful tool saving you the time of manually searching a card’s year-to-date spend, factoring out annual fees (and, tsk, tsk: late penalties and interest), etc.
Amex states explicitly on the site that the counter “Updates daily.”
And since about January, it did.
There is all sorts of speculation that business travel as we know it is done-zo. Companies that survive the current, ugly economic climate may not have the travel budgets they once did.
Many of us are (all too) familiar with Zoom meetings. But that might be the route some employers use to replace business travel.
Since Delta announced the extension of 2020 Medallion status through 2021, we’ve had several questions about status tier levels, rollover MQM, rollover MQD, and Choice Benefits.
We asked Delta about them; a corporate communications rep kindly gave us answers.
Here we go!
Delta Air Lines announced several great extensions for Medallion status members, co-branded Delta American Express cardholders, SkyMiles Select members, and more. (René called it!)
To be frank — and I know there are detractors — I think Delta went above and beyond in many regards.
Let’s check out the extensions.
We have a little update to our post from last week in which René suggested Delta extend all Medallion members’ status for another year.
Delta Should Extend Medallion Elite Status for ALL for 1 Year due to Coronavirus Plus FREE Flight Changes all of 2020!
Saturday marks a couple of different occasions: February 29, as we’re in a Leap Year. It’s also the end of Delta’s Elevate Your Status promotion.
One of my family members enjoyed a fun surprise the other night.
Her Delta Medallion status drops this week from Platinum to Gold. While booking a Delta trip for this summer, she lamented she could no longer select Comfort+ seats shortly after booking (a perk reserved for Diamond and Platinum Medallions, inventory permitting, for free as an a but instant “upgrade”).
Merry Christmas, indeed! We get lots of requests for mileage runs from Atlanta (and other Delta hubs). They’re generally hard to find — but we’re always excited when we find one.
Here’s a true mileage run (i.e. not leaving the airport, doing tons of flying) from Atlanta to Delhi, India in Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy.
Do you want to jump up a Delta Medallion status level before 2019 ends? Many of us have been there. But how can it be done in such a short amount of time?
Delta 360 is the “unpublished” (but published…) special tier of status the airline reserves for its most valued, prized passengers. (Sorry, Diamonds. It ain’t you.) The status is invitation-only; Delta doesn’t publish its requirements for this special, uber-elite status.
But Delta has an important relation$hip with American Express. The airline stands to rake in about seven billion dollars from Amex between now and 2023, thanks in no small part to their co-branded credit cards.
So should Delta Amex heavy spenders receive a special, elevated status above Diamond?
I know, I know. Another LAX to London mileage run. But this one’s in January 2020 — and counts toward your 2021 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Medallion status!
Check it out: $362.65 for 11,925 MQM.
Like black Friday deals, the Delta “Elevate Your Status” offer is now live a month sooner than usual. The pattern has been, for years now, to offer to many elites the chance to buy-up one or more status levels for a bat crazy amount of cash donated to Delta and at costs as high as $5000 for some elites.
What is it this year?
A benefit Delta and American Express added to the personal and business Delta Reserve cards is the ability for cardholders without Medallion status to receive unlimited complimentary upgrades.
Pretty great if have (or will soon apply for) a Reserve card but don’t hold any status — right?
First class upgrades. Preferred seats. Free first checked bags. Preferential treatment.
These are some of the big perks airline elite status gives its members.
But are the time, money, and effort of pursuing elite status worth the investment for leisure travelers? Or can chasing status be part of the fun?