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How To Gift Delta Silver Status

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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 Choice Benefit

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

I earned Delta Platinum status the easy way, by earning 60,000 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles through eligible credit card spend.

Key Link: Delta Reserve card

Key Link: Delta Reserve for Business card

Key Link: Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

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.

Delta Choice Benefit Selection

3. Make Your Selection

Make your Delta choice benefit selection, enter your companion’s information and click continue.

Delta Silver Status Gift Benefit Selection

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.

Delta Silver Status Gift Confirmation

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.

Bottom Line

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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{ 5 comments… add one }

  • AlohaDaveKennedy December 24, 2013, 6:11 pm

    Anyone wanna gift status to me? Since I only fly free with my hoard of Skypesos I’ll never be able to earn it.

  • Jim December 24, 2013, 9:09 pm

    @AlohaDaveKennedy, why not you trade for one considering you seem to have a ton of Skypesos.

  • Alohadavekennedy December 25, 2013, 5:21 am

    What a novel idea! But then how many trips to Walmart to buy paper goods is the market value of Delta status worth?

  • Grant Parish December 26, 2013, 8:45 am

    Kidding aside, is it allowed for a Diamond member to give a Gold status to another in return for some compensation?

  • The Weekly Flyer December 26, 2013, 9:27 am

    Hi Grant – Terms a conditions aside, members can gift it to anyone they’d like. But I’m sure there is language around that scenario in the t&cs.

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