For the last week or two, rumors have been floating around the blogosphere that major changes were coming to Delta Airlines. They were right. Yesterday, Delta shared some changes that mostly affect elite status and airport lounge access.
Changes to Delta Airlines
Elite status: Delta Medallion status will be based entirely on spending (instead of spending and/or flights) starting January 1, 2024. This is similar to the way other airlines already operate.
- Earn $1 Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) per dollar spent on Delta flights, car rentals, hotels, and vacation packages booked through Delta
- Co-branded credit cards accumulate MQDs differently:
- Amex Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business cards earn $1 MQD for every $10 spent on the cards
- Amex Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Platinum Business cards earn $1 MQD for every $20 spent on the cards
- New Status Requirements:
- Silver Medallion – 6,000 MQDs
- Gold Medallion – 12,000 MQDs
- Platinum Medallion – 18,000 MQDs
- Diamond Medallion – 35,000 MQDs
Sky Club Airport Lounge Access: Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders will no longer get unlimited access to Delta Sky Club airport lounges beginning January 1, 2025. This is a big change. Lounge access will be as follows:
- Amex Platinum and Business Platinum: 6 visits per year unless spending more than $75k in one year
- Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business: 10 visits per year unless spending more than $75k in one year
- Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Platinum Business: No longer have lounge access with cards
These changes are in addition to changes made earlier this year to help the overcrowding situations in these lounges.
These changes don’t affect my future plans because I rarely fly Delta and I don’t currently have the co-branded credit cards or Amex Platinum cards. Also, I don’t chase airline or hotel status, so it’s a bit hard for me to relate to many “The sky is falling!” emotions that others have about these changes. For folks who live near a Delta hub and enjoy elite status, these changes are obviously a big bummer. But, the good news is that these changes don’t affect earning and redeeming miles for award flights.
Readers, do these Delta changes affect your credit card plans or travel plans?