Overview of Delta Platinum Medallion Status


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Each week, we will be taking a look at airline elite status level and the benefits that come with it and how to leverage earning the status. 

Overview of Delta Platinum Medallion Status

So for this week, we are going to look at Delta Platinum Medallion, which normally requires either 75,000 miles or 100 segments.

Overview of Delta Silver Medallion Status

Delta Platinum Medallion status is earned after 75,000 miles or 100 segments plus $9,000 in spending.

How to Earn:
(1) 75,00 Medallion Qualifying Miles
(2) 100 Medallion Qualifying Segments
(3) plus $9,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars

Benefits of Delta Platinum Medallion

  • Complimentary Comfort+ Seats at time of booking for U.S. And International Travel
  • Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades 5 day out on discounted fares
  • Unlimited Complimentary Companion Upgrades
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats
  • Waived Same-Day Confirmed and Same-Day Standby Fees
  • 100% Full Fare First/Business Class MQM Bonus (F, J Fares)
  • 50% Discounted First/Business/Premium Economy MQM Bonus (P, A, G, C, D, I, Z, Y and B Fares)
  • Unlimited Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles
  • Waived Baggage Fees
  • Priority Check-In, Priority Boarding, and Security
  • Waived Award Redeposit/Reissue Fees
  • Choice of 1 Delta Choice Benefit including Upgrade Certificates, Bonus Miles, $200 Delta voucher, etc.
  • Earn 9 SkyMiles per $1 spent

And, you can Earn Miles and Starpoints for Starwood Stays through their Crossover Rewards partnership.

Other Ways To Earn:

The easiest way to earn Delta Medallion Qualifying miles is through their co-branded American Express cards. With the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express, you earn 10,000 MQMs with your first purchase and can earn 15,000 MQMs after spending $30,000 and another 15,000 MQMs after spending 60,000. With the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, you earn 5,000 MQMs with you spend $1,000 and can earn 10,000 MQMs after spending $25,000 and another 10,000 MQMs after spending $50,000.

Bottom Line

Delta Platinum Medallion offers some great perks when it comes to airline elite status. The unlimited complimentary upgrade benefit is great and can be useful depending on the routes you fly, as a Platinum you’re nearly at the top of the list. You can also take advantage of the waived same day confirm and standby fees to switch flights on the day of travel.  It’s also nice to be able to cancel award tickets and redeposit the miles last-minute and not be charged a fee.

What’s your favorite Delta Platinum Medallion benefit?

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Comments

  1. I’ve been Platinum for two years and have never been upgraded, and I’ve flown many different routes. It’s just not worth it.

  2. Used to get upgrades about 50% of the time and would be among the top 10% on upgrade lists as a solid multi-year PM. In 2015 I have yet to see first class on 14 segments and only appear no higher than the middle of the upgrade list. Not a happy camper.

  3. Can you validate or comment on these two changes? Seem that starting the end of last year our Platinum benefits have dropped off.
    First, I agree that I tend to be way down in the upgrade list, maybe there are that many more diamonds?
    Second, seems that Delta is getting more selective with same day confirmed changes. They state “must be the exact fare class” so I have to go standby even with seats available, which causes me to get a bad seat.

    Your thoughts?
    Gary

  4. gifting a status to our kids… i’m diamond and on 8th on upgrade list with 75 people on it and 2 seats left…??? for today

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