Delta Big Change To Medallion Upgrades Traveling With Companion


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Great news for regular Delta flyers such as myself. Via Delta Medallion Program Updates, beginning in the fall “Medallion members traveling with one companion will clear for Complimentary Upgrades to both First Class and Delta Comfort+™ based on the status of the higher-tiered member.” This fixes a problem that we have nearly every time we fly together as a couple, who will take the upgrade and who has to sit in ‘the back’?

Delta Big Change To Medallion Upgrades Traveling With Companion

Delta Big Change To Medallion Upgrades Traveling With Companion

We recently surveyed our Medallion members about our companion policy for Complimentary Upgrades, and a majority of you voted that Medallion members traveling with a companion should clear for Complimentary Upgrades based on the higher of the two status levels.

So, we’re investing in making things better. Starting this fall, Medallion members traveling with one companion will clear for Complimentary Upgrades to both First Class and Delta Comfort+™ based on the status of the higher-tiered member. Diamond and Silver traveling together? Your upgrade will clear at the Diamond level, when available.

It’s one of the many ways we’re striving to offer the best elite travel experience for our most loyal members. Be on the lookout for more details and the official start date for these changes that will be announced this summer.

As the policy it states now:

  • You and companion have different reservation numbers:
    Your upgrade will clear based on your individual member status and confirmation window. Your companion’s will clear no sooner than 24 hours prior to the flight’s departure.
  • You and companion share same reservation number:
    Both your upgrades will clear no sooner than 24 hours prior to the flight’s departure.

As Rene’s Points wisely points out under the new policy, ” it will make it even more important for two traveling together to be on the same PNR or reservation to be able to take advantage of this new medallion change on the way soon.”

Bottom Line

So to summarize the change, “Medallion members traveling with one companion will clear for Complimentary Upgrades to both First Class and Delta Comfort+™ based on the status of the higher-tiered member.  Diamond and Silver traveling together? Your upgrade will clear at the Diamond level, when available.”  I like this change for when I’m only traveling +1, how about you? When I travel with my family of 4 however, this will not work well, with only one Medallion status; I will not be able to confirm all 4 of us into Comfort+.

If you’re not yet a Delta cardholder and want to sign-up for one of Delta’s many co-branded American Express cards, right now the Delta Reserve card gives 10,000 MQM’s and 10,000 SkyMiles after the first purchase. The Platinum Delta Amex gives 35,000 bonus SkyMiles plus 5,000 MQM’s after spending $1,000, and the ∫ gives 30,000 bonus SkyMiles 5,000 after spending $1,000.

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HT: Rene’sPoints

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