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Delta gives their most valued members the ability to select a “Choice Benefit” at the end of each year. The selections range from bonus points, retail gift certificates, airline certificates, upgrades, and the ability to gift another member status.
Delta Diamond members have the ability to gift Gold status while Platinum members have the ability to gift Silver status. You can see the full list of benefits here, but the key benefits of Silver status in my mind are the following:
- Unlimited complimentary upgrades (clear 1 day prior to departure)
- Unlimited access to preferred seats
- Discounted economy comfort seats on domestic and international flights
- Earn 25% mileage bonus on flights
- Waived baggage fees
- Priority check-in and boarding
- SPG Crossover rewards
So Silver status can be rewarding as a base level status, but not nearly as nice as Gold, Platinum, Diamond or Delta 360.
How To Gift Delta Silver Status
So how do you gift Delta silver status? Simple. Follow these steps:
1. Earn Delta Platinum Status
The Delta Reserve card comes with MQMs after meeting initial spending requirements and then bonus MQMs can be earned and gifted after meeting further spending requirements.
Once you earn Delta Platinum status, proceed to the next step.
2. Navigate To Delta’s Choice Benefit Website
You can see your eligible Choice Benefit selection options by going to the Delta website here. A list of options will be displayed.
3. Make Your Selection
Make your Delta choice benefit selection, enter your companion’s information and click continue.
4. Confirm Your Selection
After you are sure and have made your selection, you will be prompted to confirm your selection to be double sure this is what you would like to chose.
Gifting Gold or Silver Medallion Status to a Companion:
- When will the status be effective?
Gifted Medallion status will be effective within 2 weeks and membership credentials should arrive within 3 weeks.
- How long will the gifted status be good for?
For selections made for 2013 Choice Benefits, companion status is good through February 28, 2014; for selections made for 2014 Choice Benefits, companion status is good through February 28, 2015; for selections made for 2015 Choice Benefits, companion status is good through January 31, 2016.
The ability to gift Silver or even Gold status is a neat benefit of the Delta program. It’s a nice feeling when you get the chance to gift status to a friend, or a reader of your blog.
Keep an eye out for a gift from Santa Claus in the coming days…Ho Ho Ho!
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