I just crossed over the 75,000 MQM mark as well as have met the 25,000 spend requirement on my Delta Amex, so have officially re-qualified for Platinum Medallion status in 2015.
Doing so, I wanted to take a look at the Choice Benefits and decided that I was gonna go for the Regional Upgrades this year.
I was able to select my choice online and the certificates were in my account in about an hour and I just received an email saying that they were ready for use.
Congratulations on selecting Regional Upgrades as your Choice Benefit. Your electronic Regional Upgrade Certificates, which are now available for redemption, can be found in My Wallet.
To redeem your Upgrades on either a new or existing reservation, please have your Certificate number ready when you call the Delta Reservations phone number on the back of your Medallion® membership card.
And just a reminder, Regional Upgrades can be used on all paid published Economy Class fares, except for E and are available on the same routes as Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, but have a higher priority.
Platinum Medallions are able to choose 1 Choice Benefit, and I think the Regional Upgrades are a decent option.
The new regional upgrades do have some pros and cons compared to the old systemwide ones. One of the biggest pros is they are valid on pretty much every fare included discounted fares so you no longer need to buy a K+ fare anymore.
However, with that enhancement, Delta is taking away the opportunity to be able to redeem them on international flights or transcontinental flights, both which have BusinessElite.
One place I can see a good use for these though, is if you want to book a cheap fare to Hawaii and then want to apply these, you would be able to do so.