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Status Match Up To Delta Platinum Medallion

February 1, 2024
Sam Helmy
Delta launched its latest status match promotion, giving you the option to match status from 15 programs up to Delta Platinum Medallion.

Delta Airlines launched a new status match challenge, allowing you to leverage your status with another carrier for status Delta Medallion status. With the promotion, you can receive status up to Delta Platinum Medallion.

Having Elite status with Delta thanks to a status match can be very valuable
Having Elite status with Delta thanks to a status match can be very valuable

If you are eligible for the status match challenge – since there are some restrictions, you will receive status through the following year, with the option to extend it further through some additional thresholds. So, is it worth it to match your status to Delta, or should you pass on this opportunity?  

Delta Status Match Key Terms

It is obvious that Delta had a particular type of person in mind when it launched this status match program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • During the last three years, you have not received a Delta Status match, promotional Medallion Status, or complimentary Medallion Status. However, complimentary Medallion Status through Million Miler Status is exempt.
  • You have elite status with a qualifying airline that was earned through requirements, not through a status match or other promotional avenue.
  • You can present the following supporting documentation:
    • Elite Status membership card with your name – Physical and Digital cards are acceptable.
    • A Statement showing your name and the activity that allowed you to achieve status with your desired program. Again, you can upload screenshots, photos, and other file formats like PDF to support your status match.
  • You have been enrolled in the Delta SkyMiles Program for a minimum of 30 days before attempting to enroll in the status match promotion.
  • None US-Based Delta Members must have flown at least one Delta Marketed flight – tickets with a 006 prefix – in the last three years. The flight must be in a fare class higher than Basic Economy.
Airline elite status can provide lots of perks and benefits like lounge access
Airline elite status can provide lots of perks and benefits like lounge access

Delta Qualifying Status Matches

There is no need to wonder how your existing status will cross over. Delta has put together a handy chart to work out how your status will match over from your existing airline to the Delta Medallion program.

Delta Silver Medallion

The following statuses will qualify for Delta Silver Medallion status.

  • Air Canada Aeroplan 25k and 35K.
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP.
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Gold.
  • ANA Mileage Club Bronze.
  • Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Gold.
  • British Airways Executive Clube Bronze.
  • Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Silver.
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Crystal.
  • JetBlue True Blue is Not applicable to Delta Silver Medallion.
  • Lufthansa Miles & More Frequent Traveller
  • Qantas Airlines Frequent Flyer Silver.
  • South African Airways Voyager Silver.
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards A-List.
  • United Airlines Mileage Plus Premier Silver.
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Silver.
Using your status with other airlines to receive a status match is always a big win
Using your status with other airlines to receive a status match is always a big win

Delta Gold Medallion

Receive Delta Gold Medallion status from the following statuses:

  • Air Canada Aeroplan 50K.
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold.
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum.
  • ANA Mileage Club Platinum.
  • Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Diamond.
  • British Airways Executive Clube Silver.
  • Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Gold.
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Sapphire.
  • JetBlue True Blue Mosaic 1.
  • Lufthansa Miles & More Not applicable.
  • Qantas Airlines Frequent Flyer Gold.
  • South African Airways Voyager Gold.
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards A-List Preferred.
  • United Airlines Mileage Plus Premier Gold.
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Gold.
You can status match do delta from a host of other airline programs including Air Canada Aeroplan
You can status match do delta from a host of other airline programs including Air Canada Aeroplan

Delta Platinum Medallion

The following statuses will qualify for Delta Platinum Medallion status.

  • Air Canada Aeroplan 75K and Super Elite.
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K and 100K.
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Concierge Key.
  • ANA Mileage Club Diamond.
  • Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Diamond Plus, Platinum.
  • British Airways Executive Clube Gold.
  • Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Platinum, Presidential Platinum.
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Premier, Diamond.
  • JetBlue True Blue Mosaic 2, 3, and 4.
  • Lufthansa Miles & More Senator, HON circle.
  • Qantas Airlines Frequent Flyer Platinum and Platinum One.
  • South African Airways Voyager Platinum and Lifetime Platinum.
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Not applicable.
  • United Airlines Mileage Plus Premier Platinum, Premier 1K, Global Services.
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum.

One thing to remember is that if your program is not on the list, you may get the impression that you are ineligible for the status match. However, several data points online show that if you reach out to Delta and your program is not on the list, you can still be successful with the status challenge. However, you won’t know the status you will receive until Delta gets back to you.

Boost Your Status Through 2026 With Spending

Where this Status Challenge pushes the boat out is the opportunity to extend your status through January 2026 without ever setting foot on a Delta Aircraft. To cement your status through then you will have to earn a specific number of Medallion Qualifying Dollars MQDs in the first three months of enrolling in the challenge. The MQDs required to maintain status are as follows:

  • Silver Medallion: $1,250 MQDs
  • Gold Medallion: $2,500 MQDs
  • Platinum Medallion: $3,750 MQDs
You can status match to Delta from both major Japanese carriers ANA and JAL
You can status match to Delta from both major Japanese carriers ANA and JAL

Bear in mind that while you typically earn MQDs for booking flights with Delta (excluding basic economy fares), you do have other ways to earn them.

  • Flights booked via Delta, which is operated by partner airlines.
  • You earn MQDs for Delta Vacations bookings.
  • Spending on the following credit cards:
    • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card earns 1 MQD per $10 of spending.
    • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card earns 1 MQD per $20 of spending.
    • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card1 MQD per $10 of spending.
    • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card earns 1 MQD per $20 of spending.

Final Thoughts

The million-dollar question here is, what is Delta’s Status worth to you, especially in light of the recent devaluation where Delta made its program so unattractive that it had to backtrack due to the backlash it received?

Delta One has some incredible offerings when it gets it right
Delta One has some incredible offerings when it gets it right

Assuming you aim to hit the top of the challenge and receive the Delta Platinum Medallion, is it worth it? While if you do not have status with another airline, Delta Platinum is something to aspire to, in many other instances, it is not as good as some of the ones you would be matching from. For instance, why a United Global Services member or AA Concierge Key member (these are the super elite invite-only tiers) would want Delta Platinum is Beyond us. It simply is not that appealing.

That said, knowing that you can leverage your current status with a competitor for status with Delta is always handy to know and can be very useful in a pinch if you need to change your loyalty rapidly and don’t want to be traveling without status.