Delta makes it harder to qualify for Skymiles elite status

It’s getting harder and harder to qualify for all three tiers of Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Medallion elite status.

The airline announced Thursday that it is increasing the Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MDQ) requirements for members of the SkyMiles loyalty program to qualify for the diamond, platinum and gold tiers of its elite Medallion status. This is the first time since 2015 that Delta has raised the thresholds for multiple tiers, according to the airline.

Delta Air Lines passenger planes rest on the tarmac, July 21, 2021, at Logan International Airport in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File/AP Newsroom)

MDQs are “earned based on your annual spend on Delta flights and many partner flights,” according to Delta’s website.

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Starting in 2023, the MQD threshold to achieve Gold Medallion 2024 status will increase from $2,000 to $8,000. MQD requirements for Platinum and Diamond Medallion will also see a 33% increase, to $12,000 and $20,000, respectively, according to Delta Air Lines.

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Delta planes are shown at their gates, June 13, 2022, at Salt Lake City International Airport. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer/AP Newsroom)

Other status requirements (miles and Medallion qualifying segments) do not change.

“These limited changes to the SkyMiles program are a necessary step to both preserve and improve the customer experience for our most loyal and engaged members,” said Dwight James, senior vice president of engagement and customer loyalty, in a press release. “The travel and loyalty landscape has changed significantly since we last made changes to the earning qualifications of multiple membership tiers.”

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Requirements for Silver Medallion status will remain the same in 2023, the year in which travelers can qualify for elite status for the following year, Delta said.

The airline also announced new Choice benefits for 2024 Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members, including statement credits for select Delta American Express credit cards, a sustainable contribution to aviation fuel and a Delta plus travel credit voucher. important.

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Flight attendants hand out refreshments to a crowded Delta flight traveling from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on May 21, 2021. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Diamond Medallion members will also be offered a $500 Delta Vacations Experience Benefit and a $1,000 MQD “advance” to qualify for the next Medallion year, according to the airline. The versions of these benefits for Platinum Medallion members will be $400 and $500 respectively.

Both of these tiers will also have expanded capabilities to gift status to friends or family, with Diamond members earning two Gold Medallion gift statuses and Platinum members earning two Silver Medallion gift statuses.

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