My Delta Medallion Status Challenge Details
I have never been one to chase or have airline status. It never seemed worth the cost or hassle since I rarely pay for travel and I could just book the class I want with points. If you fly often for work then that is a different story.
Having said all that I was recently targeted for one of the many American Airlines status offers. They do this a few times a year and target members and give them status with a challenge attached. The only time I used the status was to waive a last minute booking fee. As the time approached when I would be losing the free AA status I decided to match it to Delta. I figured might as well see what having very low tier status for a few months is like.
Details of the Status Match
I went to the Delta Status Match Challenge website and clicked the enroll button. When they asked me for proof of my status I did a snip of my American Airlines login page. It showed my status and my current level of miles. I had no recent paid flights so I didn’t show my recent activity when I sent it over.
A week or so later I received an email from them that said I was approved for the status match. I had earned Delta Silver status for 3 months with a chance to earn it for longer if I completed their requirements.
Status Match Requirements
Here are the requirements I need to hit in order to keep my newly minted status through 1/31/20:
- Earn 6,250 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) OR Fly 8 Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) during the 3 month complimentary period
- Earn $750 Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) during the 3 month complimentary period (U.S.-based Members only) OR Qualify for the MQD Waiver* (U.S.-based Members only)
I wish I had done this challenge before I went on my Arby’s Hawaii trip. That would have taken care of everything listed above. But by the time I knew I was flying Delta I would not have received the approval in time.
Remember also that Delta status matches can only be completed once every 3 years. So be aware of that and be sure the timing is right for you.
Silver status on Delta won’t get me much. Maybe I will see the occasional Comfort+ upgrade here or there but I might as well grab it while I can. I doubt I will hit the requirement to extend the challenge and I know it isn’t really worth going after either. But if you have been targeted for a status challenge from one airline it is worth seeing how you can extend that free status with another one.