[YMMV] Delta Status Match & Challenge

Update 1/24/24: Back for 2024 at this link (ht SL)

Update 10/26/20: Seems to be working for people even if they didn’t get targeted.

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Delta is offering a status match when you have status with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, jetBlue, Southwest Airlines or United Airlines and register by October 31, 2020. You’ll keep your elevated status through March 31, 2021 but if you meet the following requirements you’ll keep that 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 Fine Print

  •  Only Members who receive this communication directly from Delta Air Lines are eligible to participate in this offer. This offer is non-transferable. SkyMiles Members must first submit online for participation in the offer by October 31st, 2020 (ending 11:59:59 PM, U.S. PST on 10/31/2020). Promotional registration is required before complimentary Medallion Status will be rewarded. Members must have current, elite status with a qualifying airline that was earned through that airline’s published requirements. Qualifying airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, jetBlue, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
  •  Offer valid for travel completed on or before March 31, 2021. Flights booked prior to enrollment and flown on or before March 31, 2021 will be included. Promotional or temporary elite status on other airlines will not be eligible for this promotion. Elevated Matched Status will expire on March 31, 2021, unless that level or a lower level of Medallion Status is awarded through the promotion prior to that date. Medallion Status must be earned in subsequent years by traveling the required amount of MQMs or MQSs and spending the required MQDs (U.S.-based members only) or earning the MQD Waiver. Flights that are marketed (flight number starts with ‘DL’) or operated by Delta and Delta Connection, including flights purchased with Delta eCredits, will count towards the challenge. Flights that are both marketed and operated by SkyMiles Partner Airlines, Award Tickets, Basic Economy/E fare class, and promotional (including complimentary, barter, or opaque) tickets do not qualify for this offer and will not count toward the challenge.
  • All travel must be completed on or before March 31, 2021.

Our Verdict

Fine print does state you need to have receive the communication from Delta, not sure if that will be enforced or not. It’s nice that Delta shows exactly what status you’ll get based on your current status. I’d be surprised if more airlines don’t offer these types of status matches over the next few months.

Hat tip to andrewe0524

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