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Another year as a Platinum Medallion means a choice has to to be made when it comes to Delta’s Choice Benefits. Earning Platinum Medallion for 2017, means you have until the end of January 2018 to make your selection.
Platinum Medallions are eligible to choose one benefit from the selection below:
- 4 Regional Upgrades
- 1 $100 Global Entry Application Voucher
- 20,000 Bonus Miles
- $200 Travel or Retail Gift Card
- Give Silver Medallion Status for a Year
We’re pleased to confirm your Choice Benefit selection. As a valued Medallion Member, you’re one of our best travelers so you deserve the best benefits. Choice Benefits are just one of the many ways we’re happy to enrich your travel as a SkyMiles Medallion Member.
After weighing in all the pros and cons, I opted for the 4 Regional Upgrades and here’s why. Delta’s regional upgrades can be used on their premium transcontinental routes between New York (JFK) Los Angeles and San Francisco to upgrade from all Main Cabin fares to Delta One.
Searching for a sample flight yielded a coach fare in the V class of service for $128 vs. a Delta One fare of $3,060 meaning a whopping $2,932 value, and you get four of these upgrades, meaning with this example you’d be getting a $11,728 value here.
Now granted this is an extreme example and upgrade space has to be available to clear at booking, otherwise you’re waitlisted for a gate upgrade, which I’ve had good luck clearing.
If you are looking for a way to earn even more miles, the Delta Reserve card gives 10,000 MQM’s and 10,000 SkyMiles after the first purchase. The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express gives 35,000 bonus SkyMiles plus 5,000 MQM’s after spending $1,000, and also consider the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.
Any other Platinum Medallions out there in the wild? Feel free to share your thoughts below on what the best choice benefit is to choose!
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