Great news for Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members! Delta just released a statement saying that they will extend their elite status through Jan. 31, 2023.

The good news was shared by Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian in a letter to SkyMiles Members, which also outlined actions, resources and policies the airline is putting in place to address challenges customers have been facing as they return to travel.

“Those measures include giving those booked in Basic Economy the ability to make changes to their flights for travel occurring through Dec. 31, 2021, to help reduce calls to Reservations. Later this week, those customers will be able to manage their trips on delta.com and via the Fly Delta app.”

According to the letter: “Medallion Members who are currently earning Status by traveling in 2021 will receive elevated benefits for the 2022 Medallion Year. The global carrier is also extending the ability for Award Travel on Delta to count toward Status through Dec. 31, 2022. And all SkyMiles Members will continue to earn at an accelerated rate on most tickets through Dec. 31, 2021.”

The following updates will happen automatically, with no action needed from customers.

MEDALLION MEMBERS:

  • “Medallion Status for 2021 will be automatically extended for the 2022 Medallion Year.
  • All Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) will roll over to 2022 to qualify for 2023 Medallion Status – for the second year in a row.
  • All Members will continue to earn toward Status on Award Travel through Dec. 31, 2022 – extended an extra year.
  • All Global and Regional Upgrade Certificates will be extended for travel through Jan. 31, 2023.
  • Members who earn Status in 2021 will receive additional benefits, as a special thank-you for their continued flight activity: Starting Feb. 1, 2022, those who earned 2022 Status will clear for Complimentary Upgrades ahead of those at the same tier level whose Status was automatically extended, and Platinum and Diamond Medallion Members who have earned Status will be able to select Choice Benefits.
  • All current Delta 360 Members will be able to enjoy their exclusive Membership in our annual, invite-only program for an additional year through Jan. 31, 2023. All Delta 360 Members will be able to select Diamond Choice Benefits.”

DELTA SKYMILES AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD MEMBERS:

Delta and Amex are also extending the following Card benefits through Jan. 31, 2023, giving customers additional time and flexibility to enjoy their flight benefits. These extensions will happen automatically over the coming weeks, with no action needed from customers.

  • Delta SkyMiles Gold Card Members who earn a $100 Delta Flight Credit between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, will have the expiration date extended to Jan. 31, 2023.
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve Card Members with unused Companion Certificates as of July 31, 2021, or Companion Certificates issued between Aug. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021, will have the expiration date extended to book and fly by Jan. 31, 2023.
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members with Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes issued between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, will have the expiration dates extended to Jan. 31, 2023.”

MY TAKE:
As a frequent flier, I really appreciate Delta extending elite status so early. I fly mostly American Airlines and I thought what AA did last month by making it easier to retain elite status by spending $2,000 in the fall was generous but Delta just made that offer look sad.

Sadly, the way I read this is that Delta is expecting a very slow fall in terms of business and leisure travel. They wouldn’t be offering this if they thought travel was back to pre-pandemic levels. No way.

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1 Comment On "Delta Extends Elite Status and Loosens Basic Economy Restrictions"
  1. tom l|

    I’ve been a Delta Diamond Medallion since that level was introduced and for many years before Platinum with NW then Delta. I also have Gold for as long as Delta decides to keep it in place because of 2 million lifetime miles.
    I wasn’t looking forward to dropping back to Gold status next year – with no intl travel I wasn’t going to get to Platinum. So I appreciate Delta showing some love for its SkyMiles members – this is good for everyone and I don’t think it will swell the ranks – I doubt many folks will earn new medallion status this year.

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