I fly a generous amount throughout the year. Mostly it's not enough to get me past Delta Airlines Silver Medallion Status. I always end up with enough Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM) for Medallion Gold Status(50k), then fall short on spending because I always get cheap tickets.
I've been a Silver Medallion member for most years since joining Delta in 2015. 2023 is the first year not having status as I didn't travel enough in 2022, but let me tell you how I traveled in 2022 with Delta Platinum Medallion Status.
Every January 1st, I fly to a different state, not for a purpose but to start the year off on an airplane. Last year, after returning from Washington DC, I was gifted Platinum Medallion Status by Delta Airlines through a pandemic promotion. Nonetheless, I welcome the opportunity.
A little background into Platinum Medallion Status:
It's Delta Airlines' 3rd advertised Tier in the program after the Silver and Gold Medallion.
In 2022, you earned it by earning 75,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM) or traveling 90 segments (90 flights) and spending $9,000 dollars on flights excluding taxes. There are new qualifications for 2023 here.
You get to select a gift for status—for example 20,000 Miles or a $200 gift card, etc.
My favorite is the complimentary upgrade.
So after receiving the status, I selected the 20,000 miles and then redeemed those miles for a trip to St. Lucia. I received upgrades on both flights.
I then cashed in more miles to Cancun, Mexico. I flew first class to Mexico for 26,000 miles and $84 in taxes.
My final trip of the year was a paid flight to Switzerland. Automatic upgrades are only done in the US and Caribbean so this trip was in the main cabin. It was still a great flight.
I am looking forward to more Delta flights in 2023.
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