Qualifying for a lower Delta Medallion Elite tier than what you’ve had in the past can be a hard pill to swallow. According to the Wall Street Journal, Delta now sells 60% of its premium inventory, a 44% increase since 2011. That makes the coveted space-available upgrade even harder to get these days, meaning fewer seats available for lower tier Elite passengers.
There are varying reasons as to why frequent flyers might travel less and find a “soft landing” at a lower tier – office budget cuts, new job, going back to school, having a baby, etc. Well, there’s good news for Medallion Elites who regressed in Elite status. Delta just announced Reclaim My Status, a new program for Elites who traveled less due to a “big life change” to regain a previously achieved status after hitting certain benchmarks.
There is no master list with certain approved life events. But, Delta says all life events will be considered with proper documentation to verify a life event occurred which reduced the ability to travel.
Submit your request when you’re ready to begin traveling again. Delta says requests will be reviewed and a decision will be made between five business days and two weeks, so plan accordingly. If the request is granted, you’ll be returned to your previous tier complimentary for three months. There are certain thresholds in place that can lock you into the higher status for longer – if you meet them within the first 3 months after approval.
Regain Silver Elite
Fly 6,250 Medallion Qualification Miles or 8 Medallion Qualification Segments and $750 Medallion Qualification Dollars (or MQD waiver)
Regain Gold Elite
Fly 12,500 MQMs or 15 MQSs and $1,500 MQDs (or MQD waiver)
Regain Platinum Elite
Fly 18,750 MQMs or 25 MQSs and $2,250 MQDs (or MQD waiver)
Regain Diamond Elite
Fly 31,250 MQMs or 35 MQSs and $3,750 MQDs (or MQD waiver)
If you submit the request between now and December 31, 2019 (for the 2018 Medallion Qualification year) and meet the thresholds, you’ll regain your status through January 31, 2021. If you submit your request between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 (for the 2019 Medallion Qualification year) and meet the thresholds, you’ll regain your status through January 31, 2022.