Changes to Delta Medallion Choice Benefits

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Delta just updated their 2016 Choice Benefit page for those members who’ve already earned Diamond or Platinum Medallion status and there are a few changes from last year.

Changes to Delta Medallion Choice Benefits

Changes to Delta Medallion Choice Benefits

The first change is that they’ve removed the Tiffany bag tags for Diamond Medallion members, while these might not have been the most popular, it was still a nice option to have, so if you’ve chosen these last year they will now be a collector’s item.

The other change comes to Gifting Medallion status, for selections made for 2016 Choice Benefits, recipient status is valid through January 31, 2017, meaning that you could potentially gift status to someone for almost 2 years.

Here’s the full list of the Choice Benefits, which you can see here.

(Platinum, on right choose 1, and Diamond on left choose 2)

Upgrade Certificates Global Upgrades are available on all Delta routes and Regional Upgrades are available on the same routes as Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, but have a higher priority. Both can be used on all paid published Main Cabin fares except for E (Basic Economy) on Delta-operated flights. View all fare rules and restrictions. 4 Regional 4 Global
OR
8 Regional
Global Entry Application Voucher Save time re-entering the U.S. or going through security using Global Entry. 1 Voucher ($100) 2 Vouchers ($100 each)
Delta Sky Club® Executive Membership Upgrade Diamond Medallion members may upgrade their complimentary Individual Delta Sky Club Membership to an Executive Membership. N/A 1 Membership Upgrade
Delta Sky Club One-Day Passes Access nearly 50 clubs worldwide; passes valid up to one year from the date of issuance. 4 6
Bonus Miles Add miles to your account or donate them to a SkyWish charity of your choice. 20,000 25,000
Travel/Retail Gift Card Select from:

  • $200 Delta Travel Voucher: valid for 12 months from the date of issuance; or
  • $200 Tiffany & Co. Gift Card
1 1
Give Medallion status Give Medallion status including Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades, Priority Check-In, Priority Boarding and more. Silver Medallion Gold Medallion

Bottom Line

I personally tink the global or regional upgrades can provide some nice upgrades so would choose that. In addition, if you’re looking to gift Medallion status to a friend or family member, that’s another good option.

Which 2016 Delta Choice Benefit do you plan on choosing?

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Comments

  1. Hi. Just to be clear so as a DM for my 2016 “Please select your two 2016 Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits.” I could gift my wife GM right now (12/19/15) and her status would be active within 48 hrs and be good until January 31, 2017? I’m ready to pull the trigger on this but want to be sure before doing so. Thank you!

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