Delta Silver Status In 1 Flight – Test Your Knowledge

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One of the things I love about Delta is the ability to make Silver Medallion each year with ease. Delta Silver Medallion status can be earned with 25,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or by flying 30 segments.

Even though Silver Medallion is the first stepping stone in the Delta Medallion status levels, it’s not without benefits. For example, Silver Medallion members receive the following benefits:

  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades that clear at the 1 day window
  • Unlimited companion upgrades
  • Preferred seating
  • Discounted economy comfort seating
  • Priority waitlist
  • 25% mileage bonus
  • Waived baggage fees
  • Priority checking and boarding

So how does one earn Silver Medallion status with just one flight segment?

Delta Silver Status In One Flight

This may seem obvious for some of the more experienced frequent flyers. But there may be more way than one to skin this cat.

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  1. Either….
    1) Rollover MQMs from prior year
    2) MQMs from spending on the Reserve/Platinum DL Amex
    3) Buying MQMs from Delta
    4) Being gifted MQMs from a Diamond member
    5) A combination of the above

  2. No way w/o rollover, buying, gifted, or Amex boost MQMs. Delta’s longest flight is ATL-JNB which is 8439 miles. In full BE, until March 1, you’d get 150% class-of-service bonus for a total of 12659 MQMs.

  3. Most Boarding Area bloggers say Silver status is almost worthless, on a practical level. I’d love to see Weekly Flyer to try it for a year and tell us about all the unlimited complimentary upgrades he secures.

  4. The key is that the two are not connected. Rollover got you the silver status and then you just took one segment which got you over the 25 MQM. What is the RDM on the account.. would make it possible to test the theory

  5. As a Silver you will rarely get an upgrade. Sometimes a FLL to ATL or MIA ATL will upgrade you. Gold you will have a little more luck. PLats and Diamond get the most.

  6. Had silver last year that expires at the end of the month. Stupidly missed retaining it by a few thousand miles. Have 12,000 MQM to date this year. Traveled from LAX to BOS this weekend via MSP and DTW. Upgraded on all three legs. Due to storms I was booked and re-booked on five different flights that were eventually cancelled. Cleared the upgrade list on every single one prior to cancellation. One flight in particular showed sold out except one seat in coach when the Delta Club rep booked it for me. Checked the upgrade list just in case and I was 18th with no business seats available. Cleared the list and ended up in Business. My question is why? Most other people in front had diamond or platinum tags on their carry-ons. Surely there were others on these flights with higher status than an expiring silver?

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