I was one of the fortunate recipients of the email from Delta yesterday asking if I was interested in a status match to Diamond Medallion status. That presents an interesting dilemma for 2021…how much status is too much status?
Delta Offers Me A Generous 2021 Status Match
Yesterday, I received the following email from Delta:
As a valued SkyMiles Member, we know how important safety and cleanliness are to you, which is why we’re disinfecting before every flight with electrostatic spraying and intensive cleaning measures, requiring all travelers and employees to wear masks or face coverings, and eliminating change fees for select flights should your plans shift.
We’ve also extended middle seat blocking through the holiday season to give you greater peace of mind when visiting friends and family. In fact, Delta is the only U.S. carrier publicly committed to blocking middle seats through January 6, 2021.
To make your return to travel more enjoyable, if you have elite status on another airline, enroll in our elevated Status Match challenge between October 19 and October 31, 2020 and you can receive complimentary Medallion Status one Tier higher than your equivalent current status on that airline – through March 31, 2021.
Plus, complete the requirements below by March 31, 2021 to maintain that Medallion Status through January 31, 2022:
- If you receive Gold Medallion Status: Fly 2 Qualifying Round Trips or 4 One Ways
- If you receive Platinum Medallion Status: Fly 4 Qualifying Round Trips or 8 One Ways
- If you receive Diamond Medallion Status: Fly 6 Qualifying Round Trips or 12 One Ways
The email was not addressed to me by name, but had my SkyMiles number and balance in it.
When Airline Status Becomes Too Much Of A Good Thing
Although I’ve done very little flying this year compared to previous years, I’ve got top-tier status on American Airlines (Executive Platinum) and United Airlines (Premier 1K) locked in through January 2022 thanks to status extensions by both loyalty programs.
With Delta offering up Diamond status in exchange for a dozen one-way trips and no minimum spending requirement, part of me thinks it would be foolish not to accept it.
Then again, my concern is that if I enjoy top-tier status on all three airlines next year, I’ll wind up with very little status in 2022. The thing about loyalty is that you generally need to pick a carrier and stick to it. For 15 years, that is what I’ve done with United Airlines…and have lifetime Premier Gold status to show for it. But Gold status is hardly top-tier and enjoying the far greater perks of that top-level status requires a lot of flying on one airline.
All the rules have been thrown out the window due to the pandemic, but there is a traditional idea that you receive a status match only once. Historically, status matches were not offered again to the same customers…at least not for several years. There might reach a point where I need a status match to Delta in the future but cannot get it. With status on AA and UA, there’s no way I actually need it now or in 2022.
I have a feeling I’ll roll the dice and take the status match, do some reviews of Delta, and be one of the few travel bloggers to be able to compare top-tier status on all three major U.S. legacy airlines in 2021.
That said, it seems like beyond 2021 I am setting myself up for a return to what is essentially status-less travel.
Anyone else in the same predicament?