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If you hold elite status with an airline other than Delta, today is the day to begin a Delta Medallion status match challenge. Once you match status and meet certain challenge thresholds for MQM (Medallion Qualification Miles) or MQS (Medallion Qualification Segments) and MQD (Medallion Qualification Dollar) spending, you’ll hold Delta status the rest of this year and all of next Medallion year — which ends on January 31, 2021! But today is critical in the status match challenge calendar. I’ll tell you why in a minute. What Are the Status Match Requirements? There are three requirements to qualify for a status match challenge — and you must meet all of them. Per Delta: You have not received a Status Match or complimentary Medallion Status in the past three years, unless the complimentary Medallion Status was through your Million Miler Status. You currently have elite status with a qualifying airline that was earned through…

I think a great many American Airlines flyers are still really upset over the changes to the elite and frequent flyer program over the past year. I get that the perks of the program went a long way to make up for all the other failings of the airline. Well, if you are ready to try a different experience then today is the day to do this. Each year July 1st is the best time to ask Delta to match your status with another airline. Delta.com has a handy chart for the biggest competitors <-LINK (and one sorta partner Alaska) but if you have status with any other non-Skyteam airline you can always submit the application and see what they are willing to offer. Don’t expect a Diamond match no matter what your status is as Platinum is as far as you can go. You can review my old posts…

So you are an American flyer. You have put up with a bunch of things from AA due to the fact that they ran an outstanding award program as well as a very good elite program. And then, yesterday, you go the above notice in your inbox or via twitter. Happy? Yeah, I bet not so much. So now you have to consider the fact that AA has VS Delta: A poor on time rating A mediocre 1st class meals service Pre Flight beverage service is sketchy FAs are either so-so or don’t like elites Product is underwhelming including new mods Wifi is bad and soon becoming a hodge podge The AA app is really bad Rewards have been severely devaluated …and honestly I could go on and on all day long. The bottom line is that AA had the one single saving grace of a sweet award and elite…

As we start looking into booking flight for 2016, many readers are asking me is it time to status match and begin to fly another airline? One of the big issues is clearly that American Air, who was a great choice since they not only gave full elite points but also full redeemable points, recently whacked their frequent flyer program to the point of being worse than Delta in many regards. Not only that but American award availability is starting to look scarily similar to Delta’s anemic level 1 awards as of late. Not good. That leaves you with United which is still basically a train wreck as far as performance and only an option for those basically hub-captive or route constrained. What about Alaska Airlines then, is that a viable option? The problem with Alaska is its size. It is a fabulous reward program with tremendous partners. I still…

My guess is most of you who have an AMEX card followed the advice and quickly and simply got $15 off a $60 gift card from Amazon this week. I did, and now I am going to spend it (sorry, not giving it away on SWAG Saturday). One of the things I am picking up is the amazing deal (yeah 72% off retail) on a HUGE capacity power brick that is now way smaller than it used to be [UPDATE: above deal is over, however HERE is a similar deal still LIVE <-LINK). We all need power when we travel and this puppy just works! Also be aware there are other sweet black Friday deals as well! The next deal is a 100% “pass” for me, but with a HT to Frequent Miler here on BoardingArea. It seems, after Hyatt’s VERY successful twitter effort to snag SPG elites who are…

You know there is just so much a frequent flyer can take. Being deceived, bamboozled and treated with utter disrespect only gets you so far in the business world and over the past year my beloved Delta has done all of those in spades. Now this post is more of a personal reflection and I can tell you upfront I know very little about American’s elite program or the day-in day-out bits of flying them. Over the past year I have flown them once. It was fine. I have had access to their clubs before and they are fine but nothing “that” special over Delta (before the latest Skyclub changes they did have better house wines). I do know that, much like Delta, around 1JULY each year is a good time to get MAX value out of a status match / challenge (there are no straight up matches so it…

We are now well into Skymiles2015 and feeling it’s full and glorious effects. Some Delta flyers are just giddy due to all the bonus Skymiles they are earning due to full fare tickets, but reeling over all the devaluations coming week after week. Others of us are less than happy seeing their Skymiles balance grow at an anemic rate. Some have taken the step to jump ship as I talked about last month in the rookie post about “should you status match Alaska”. One such reader, Chris, did just that. Do you think you can “play” your Delta elite status and yet credit to Alaska when you fly? If so, you’d better pay close attention to Chris and his story of how our Delta feels about him now! My partner and I have been loyal Delta flyers since Northwest went away. I started playing the frequent flyer game about five…

  Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. As you can see from the screen shot above, there are 3 airlines Delta will status Match / Challenge with. US Air was NOT one of them, but we know that at some point soon US Air will move all to American and your US Air status will become something at AA. Just how high a match will depend much on what AA gives you as a US elite. That, you have to wait a bit longer to find out. What about all you United flyers that have hated your airline because it has poor customer…

At long last Delta Air Lines has updated their 2013 Status Challenge page. Delta no longer will just “match” you, you have to fly to keep the status. You will get the status during the challenge, but you will not have all the perks of full fledged status. Once you do meet the challenge you will be a full member at whatever level you challenge. There are some important features to keep in mind if you are coming over to Delta. Delta will NOT match you up to Diamond Medallion, our highest level. Beyond that, it is status you are NOT getting elite points or as we call them MQMs or Medallion Qualifying Miles. What this means is this, say you are able to fly 26,000 miles in the 90 days and then do no flying anymore this year. You would have your status for all of 2014 flying year.…

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. How is that for an attention grabber? There is a reason for the title. Delta Air Lines does offer much to get a frequent flyer from another airline to come over to the Delta side. Our points never expire (as long as you are alive, that is). We offer unlimited domestic as well as Caribbean and more upgrades! All our mainline jets have WiFi and soon will add international high speed as well. Our business class product both domestic and international is among the best in industry. Our Skyclubs are very nice and offer reliable free WiFi.…

Back in “the day” is was a simple thing to get a status match with Delta. You simply faxed over your card and statement to Delta and “bing” you were medallion. You can Status Match with just about any airline but most of the time it is a one shot deal – EVER! I did a status match to Continental to Platinum before they became “United” as I think I could do it again with United now if I would want to. I also did one with KLM (why? just because I could and wanted to see how good they were to their own PM’s), from Continental Platinum when they offered that last year. Now to Status Match with Delta, you must “FLY” to keep your status match during the “challenge” period. After July 1st each year is a good time to do this as if you do you get…

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