Delta Loyalty – Delta $200 Travel Voucher For Platinum Choice Benefit


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Sometimes there are questions as to the benefit of flying Delta. I mean, besides domestic upgrades, awesome in-flight service, outstanding entertainment options, and great planes on domestic routes (like the 777, newly configured 767 with lie-flat seats and old configured 767 with craddle seats, 747, and A330) what else is there?

Today, I confirmed the benefit for earning status with the hard way this year with Delta (as opposed to earning status without even flying Delta) in the way of a Medallion Choice Benefit.

What Is The Choice Benefit Program

Delta awards their most frequent travelers with a choice of benefits once thresholds are met for earning Medallion Qualifying Miles. Diamond members and Platinum members who fly a minimum of 14 or 8 Delta-marketed and operated flights segments will receive their choice of Choice Benefits.

Delta Platinum Choice Benefit Confirmation

Once you meet the threshold, Delta will send you an email directing you to their site to select your Choice Benefit.

Delta Choice Benefit Award Chart

Choice Benefit Selections

Choices are based on status. Platinum members get to choose one benefit while Diamond members get to choose two benefits from the table below.

Delta Choice Benefit Details

There are terms and conditions specific to each benefit that you should be aware of.

1) Systemwide Upgrade Certificates – Not my preferred choice since they are hard to get use

  • Platinum members receive 4 and Diamond members receive 6
  • May be redeemed for the named Medallion member and up to one travel companion in the same reservation. The named member and the companion will each require a separate certificate
  • Valid for a one way upgrade on Delta and certain Delta Connection® carrier operated flights
  • Valid for use within or between the 50 United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Mexico on published Economy class fares booked in Y, B, M, H, Q, or K class. Valid for use between Asia, Central America, Europe, India, Australia, North America, South America, and Africa on published Economy class fares booked in Y, B, M class
  • Valid on all flights operated by KLM for one-way upgrade from published Economy fares in Y, B, M, or U class to Business class
  • Valid on most transatlantic flights operated by Air France for one-way upgrade from Economy when booked in Y, B, or M class to Premium Voyageur class or a one-way upgrade from Premium Voyageur when booked in S or W class to Business class
  • Not valid on AF operated 747 aircraft flights; only valid on flights with the Premium Economy Cabin

2) Delta Sky Club One-Day Passes – I already get Sky Club access with Delta Reserve Credit Card

  • Platinum members receive 4 and Diamond members receive 6
  • Receive 4 one-day passes to the Delta Sky Club

3) Bonus Delta SkyMiles – This is always tempting because they don’t expire

  • Platinum members receive 20,000 miles and Diamond members receive 25,000 miles

4) $200 Travel Retail Card – $200 with Delta or Tiffany & Co

  • Mrs Weekly Flyer always falls for the Tiffany & Co and I always fall for the $200 Delta travel voucher
  • Platinum and Diamond members each get one certificate

5) Gift Medallion Status – A coveted benefit friends will come out of the woodworks for

  • Platinum members can gift Silver and Diamond members can gift Gold status

Delta Choice Award Special Note

Detailed Terms And Conditions

As with everything, there are detailed terms and conditions which you can read below.

Delta Choice Award Terms and Conditions

Bottom Line

The Medallion Choice Awards can be rewarding. I’ve done the $200 Tiffany gift card a few times, the system wide upgrade certificates and certainly the $200 travel voucher a number of times.

If you are looking for last minute status earning Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM), consider my approach, which was to get the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express to put you over the next Medallion Qualifying threshold to earn status and a Choice Award of your choice.You could consider it a virtual mileage of sorts.

The card offers 10,000 MQMs after applying and making your first purchase on the credit card. This will get you 10,000 MQMs closer to the next status threshold and potentially closer to the Choice Awards.

For Example, let’s assume you are are at 65,915 Medallion Qualifying Miles for the year. You are essentially 9,085 MQMs away from the Platinum Choice Award. The Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express offers the ability to earn a quick 10,000 MQMs at only a cost of the annual fee. But if this puts you over the threshold for the Choice Award.

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Comments

  1. What is the point of club passes for Diamond flyers. They get the free membership anyway, so will not need the passes.

    And yes, the systemwide upgrade certificates are useless. There is no way to actually use them, and would be inclined to accuse Delta of edging towards fraud in even offering them.

    A diamond flyer

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