Delta Status Match Challenge Completed

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about my experience flying with Delta Air Lines during my Delta Status Match Challenge. After less than two months enrolled in the challenge, I have met all the qualifications and have been awarded Platinum Status with Delta Air Lines.  This morning I received the following notification email from Delta:


After flying two trips, one domestic roundtrip and one transatlantic roundtrip, I was able to achieve Platinum Medallion Status which is the highest status awarded under the SkyMiles Medallion Status Match Challenge and the second highest status with Delta Air Lines.

Because I enrolled in the challenge after July 1, 2017, my Delta Platinum status is valid until January 31, 2019. This is a great deal because had I enrolled before July 1st, it would have only been valid until January 31, 2018 which makes no sense to me but that is the rule.

What benefits do I receive now?

The benefits of a Delta Platinum Medallion are significant and worthwhile.  Like any frequent flyer program, in order to take advantage of all the benefits, one must get intimately familiar with them. In fact, you should know more about the program benefits than the customer service agents.  Yes, inside and out!

You’ll sometimes find that the agents do not always know all the benefits. Therefore, it is up to you to know what you are entitled to.

Here are the highlighted benefits of a Delta Platinum Medallion member:



As many of you know, earning a top-tier level status with an airline is not an easy task nowadays. To achieve the higher ones, you truly need to be a loyal frequent flyer. However, many airlines offer “status match challenge”-like programs so look at their websites to learn about them.  This is a great way to keep your travel options open and not have to start from scratch with an airline.

My recent achievement doesn’t mean I am going to stop flying American Airlines where I have held an Executive Platinum status for the last five years with over 1 million miles flown.  I live in one of American Airlines hubs so adding a leg or two to reach a destination is not always my (or anyone’s) preference. However, it does feel great to have more than just one option when traveling a still have some airline status benefits.

If you travel often, make sure you time your challenge with upcoming travel on that particular airline so that you can ensure completion within the allotted time.


Photo credits: Delta Air Lines

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