There’s been a lot of talk on what airlines should be doing for elite members or those trying to earn status. Delta introduced a lucrative bonus know as the 2022 Medallion Status Accelerators.
The goal is to reward those passengers who are traveling with a 50% or 75% bonus on Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). This includes award tickets for 2021 as well.
There’s discussions going on among Delta flyers especially those with Platinum or Diamond status if this status accelerator is enough. Some want Delta to outright extend status another year, which seems very unlikely. I’m not even sure they’re gonna do any sort of additional bonus for miles or spending.
Here’s What Delta Should Do for Platinum and Diamond Medallions This Year
For those who earn Delta Platinum or Diamond Medallion status for 2022, Delta should offer one bonus choice benefit this year. With this change, Platinum Medallion members who earn or re-qualify would be able to select two choice benefits. Diamond Medallion members would be able to select four choice benefits this year.
Existing Choice Benefit rules would apply, where you couldn’t select upgrade certificates as more than one time.
Delta isn’t looking to make earning status any easier this year, so instead I would like to see an additional incentive for those who are trying to earn Platinum or Diamond Medallion status this year. This would reward those who have been flying with Delta and would be an incremental cost from Delta.
For the past year, we’ve seen Delta’s Extensive Hold Times for SkyMiles Medallions including wait times of 42+ hours! If nothing else, they should offer an apology of SkyMiles for Medallions who have had to endure these wait times, but I think by offering an additional Choice Benefit, it would apply to those who remained loyal to Delta during the pandemic, while encouraging those to re-qualify for status the remainder of the year.
What are your thoughts on if Delta should offer an additional choice benefit for Platinum and Diamond Medallions for 2022? Feel free to share in the comments below.