Delta Airlines Extends Medallion Status Until 2022

Delta Airlines Extends Medallion Status Until 2022

Airlines have had a tough month, to say the least. With every airline on earth affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, many frequent flyers are wondering what is to happen to their elite status in 2020 and earning into 2021. Delta announced today what its Medallion elite members can expect for their current status, as well as what Delta’s plan is for status earning in 2021. They also detailed information on SkyClub memberships and certificates.

Delta Airlines Extends Medallion Status until 2022

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First, Delta will be extending everyone’s current status by one year, meaning your status that currently expires in February 2021 will now expire in February 2022. This is excellent for frequent flyers because they weren’t going to be able to enjoy a full year of benefits with the current state of affairs. It’s also good for Delta, as many of their frequent flyers will stay with the airline to utilize their benefits.

For status re-earning in 2021, all Medallion-qualifying miles (MQMs) will roll over into 2021. This means flyers will not have to fly as far in one year to re-earn status. However, Medallion-qualifying Dollars (MQDs) will not roll over, so you’ll still have to spend the same amount in a status-qualifying year to re-earn status. Keep in mind, you can earn MQMs easier on partner airlines (it’s measured by a percentage of distance, rather than money spent) and there are MQM waivers with certain Delta credit cards.

Delta SkyClub Memberships Extended

If your Delta SkyClub membership expired on March 1st, 2020 and onward, your membership is now extended by six months. With many SkyClubs closed and members not flying, this makes sense.

Delta Credit Card and SkyMiles Perks Extended

Many Delta credit cards offer certain perks to cardmembers that are adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, provided they were expiring March 1st, 2020 or later.

  • If you had the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, you have a $100 Delta flight credit if you spend $10,000 on purchases during the year. That benefit’s expiration date has been extended by 6 months.
  • Delta Platinum Credit Card and Reserve card members who had a companion certificate expiring March 1st-June 30th, 2020 can now use them to book and fly by 12/31/20. Those with expiration dates 7/1/2020-4/1/2021 have a six-month extension.
  • Reserve cardmembers with unused SkyClub guest passes will have a six-month extension on those, as well.
  • Members with Upgrade Certificates or $200 Travel Vouchers expiring March 1st-June 30th, 2020 can now use them by 12/31/20. Those with expirations past June 30th have a six-month extension.
  • SkyMiles Select members have priority boarding and drink vouchers extended by six months, as well.

Overall

This is a great move by Delta, one that’s customer-centric and good for business. I hope that other airlines follow suit (particularly ones that I fly regularly, like American,) which I expect will, as airlines typically follow each other relatively closely with policy changes.