Poor People’s Medallion Status with SkyMiles Select

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Delta has launched their newest program called SkyMiles Select, or as other’s are calling “Poor People’s Medallion Status”. Essentially for those who fly Delta and don’t qualify for Silver Medallion status, you may be interested in paying $59 a year to get Main Cabin 1 boarding as well as a drink each time you fly.

The one thing I will note is that Main Cabin 1 boarding does apply on all fares including Basic Economy, so if you fly Delta basic economy often and want priority boarding all year this could be an option for you.

SkyMiles Select is based on a 12 month period from when you purchase it, so it doesn’t follow a typical calendar year like Medallion status does. It seems like this product is targeting those who travel 3x-4x a year so potentially college students or recent graduates who are just beginning to travel. What I would of liked to have see who have been a refunded fee for those who end up qualifying for Silver Medallion status as a result of SkyMiles Select.

If you’re looking for a better alternative to get Priority Boarding, you might be interested in the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, which offers Main Cabin 1 boarding in addition to a free checked bag each flight. There’s no fee the first year, then $95 after that, so you come out about even after two years compared to SkyMiles Select.

Enjoy a bundle of travel benefits over the next year with SkyMiles Select — a $100 value* — now available exclusively to SkyMiles Members for just $59. Within 24 hours of enrolling, you’re ready to take your #SkyMilesLife to the next level with priority boarding and vouchers for your favorite beverages on board. Plus, enjoy a limited-edition bag tag for your travels.

  1. Main Cabin 1 Boarding: Board sooner and find the perfect overhead bin space.
  2. 8 Drink Vouchers: Fly refreshed with your favorite beverages on board.
  3. Limited-Edition Bag Tag: Let your SkyMiles Select membership show

What are your thoughts on SkyMiles Select? Feel free to share your feedback in the comments below.

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