If you’re looking for an easier way to earn Delta Medallion status, you may want to consider their Status Match Challenge, which we’ve covered before. Essentially if you can prove to Delta that you have elite status on another airline, they’ll offer you a reduced amount of flying on Delta to earn the equivalent status.
Delta has just added seven airlines that it will offer status matches to including the following:
- Air Canada Altitude Status
- All Nippon Airways Mileage Club Status
- Asiana Airlines Aisiana Club Status
- British Airways Executive Club Status
- Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Status
- Japan Airlines Fly On or JAL Mileage Bank Status
- Lufthansa Miles & More Status
These are in addition to the current ones of American Airlines AAdvantage, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and United Airlines Mileage Plus.
How The Challenge Works:
If you registered for the offer between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 and you complete the flight requirements, your Medallion Status will be maintained until January 31, 2017.
If you register for the offer on or after July 1, 2016 and you complete the flight requirements, your Medallion Status will be maintained until January 31, 2018.
In order to extend your Medallion Status after the 90 days, you’ll need to earn a specific number of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) within 90 days of enrolling. The number of MQMs or MQSs required is based on your matched Medallion level.
If you wish to challenge and keep the status here’s what you’ll have to fly:
- To retain Silver status: 6,250 miles or 8 segments
- To retain Gold status: 12,500 miles or 15 segments
- To retain Platinum status: 18,750 miles or 25 segments
Looking for More Delta Miles?
Delta is really trying to get other frequent fliers to come over to the SkyMiles program, and by adding these seven new international airlines shows they’re trying to expand their audience as well.