Elevate Your Status 2020: Once Again, Delta Air Lines Will Not Allow Me to Purchase This Option — Not That I Would Want To Anyway

Delta Air Lines once again is offering for you to elevate your Medallion elite level status for 2020 in the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program by giving you the opportunity to purchase a qualification bundle for Medallion elite level status from now through Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:59 in the evening Central Standard Time, as has been traditionally done in years past…

Elevate Your Status 2020: Once Again, Delta Air Lines Will Not Allow Me to Purchase This Option — Not That I Would Want To Anyway

…but Delta Air Lines once again will not allow me to purchase a qualification bundle for Medallion elite level status — not that I would want to do so anyway — as I received a strange error message once a new tab was automatically opened in the Internet browser:

Source: Delta Air Lines.

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…and after 15 seconds elapsed, the browser simply went to the official Internet web site of Delta Air Lines.

I returned to the tab in the Internet browser where I clicked on the button to purchase a qualification bundle for Medallion elite level status…

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…and at the top was this statement:

You are not eligible for Elevate Your Status. Please review the eligibility requirements.

In order to find out just how much a qualification bundle for Medallion elite level status would cost, I resorted to viewing this discussion which was posted on FlyerTalk.

Different Offers to Different SkyMiles Members

As in the past, different offers exist for different SkyMiles members. Here are two examples — and the Medallion Qualification Dollar amounts are equivalent to the cost of each bundle…

FlyerTalk member eneq — and other FlyerTalk members — received this offer in the discussion with the following amounts:

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $599.00
2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and six Medallion Qualification Segments = $799.00
5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and nine Medallion Qualification Segments = $999.00
7,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 12 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,199.00
10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,399.00
12,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 18 Medallion Qualification Segments = $1,599.00

FlyerTalk member MarkCron received this offer:

1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,399.00
2,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and six Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,799.00
5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and nine Medallion Qualification Segments = $2,999.00
7,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 12 Medallion Qualification Segments = $3,199.00
10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15 Medallion Qualification Segments = $3,299.00
12,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 18 Medallion Qualification Segments = $3,399.00
25,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 36 Medallion Qualification Segments = $4,999.00

Eligibility Requirements

branded pillars boarding gate Delta Air Lines

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

If you are a Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion SkyMiles Member, you are eligible for Elevate Your Status unless you received complimentary Status for a Tier above the Tier for which you have earned elite status. As an example, if you were given complimentary Gold Medallion Status, but earned Silver Medallion Status through the published requirements, you are not eligible for Elevate Your Status.

If you are a general SkyMiles Member, you must be within range to reach Silver Medallion Status by purchasing the maximum bundle of Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and Medallion Qualification Dollars in order to be eligible. As an example, if you have 12,000 Medallion Qualification Miles, you will not be eligible because the maximum amount of Medallion Qualification Miles that can be earned through Elevate Your Status is 12,500 and the Medallion Qualification Miles requirement for Silver Medallion Status is 25,000.

If you are a Diamond Medallion Member, you are not eligible, because you have already reached the top Tier of Medallion Status.

Minimum and Maximum Transaction Amounts and Purchases

Airbus A350-900 Delta Air Lines

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

You must purchase the minimum transaction amount of 1,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and three Medallion Qualification Segments per transaction, which — along with the credited Medallion Qualification Dollars — will count toward qualifications for SkyMiles Medallion elite level status and Million Miler status; but they will not count toward your available SkyMiles mileage balance.

This offer is valid for one SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program account; merged SkyMiles membership accounts of Gold Medallion members, Silver Medallion members or General SkyMiles members cannot exceed a maximum of 12,500 Medallion Qualification Miles and 18 Medallion Qualification Segments for the 2020 Medallion Year. Merged SkyMiles membership accounts of Platinum Medallion members cannot exceed a maximum of 25,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 36 Medallion Qualification Segments for the 2020 Medallion Year. Purchased Medallion Qualification Miles and Medallion Qualification Segments and credited Medallion Qualification Dollars cannot be gifted or transferred between SkyMiles accounts.

Once your credit card is charged, fees assessed for the bundle purchased under the Elevate Your Status Program cannot be refunded and will count toward your balance of Medallion Qualification Dollars. Medallion Qualification Miles and Medallion Qualification Segments purchased through the Elevate Your Status program will only be deposited toward your balance for 2019. Dollars spent on the purchase of a bundle will be deposited toward your 2019 Medallion Qualification Dollar balance.

All Elevate Your Status transactions are final. Once a transaction is complete the Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and Medallion Qualification Dollars will not be reversed under any circumstance.

Medallion Qualification Miles purchased through the Elevate Your Status Program may count as rollover Medallion Qualification Miles. Medallion Qualification Dollars do not roll over. Any Medallion Qualification Miles earned in excess of your Medallion elite qualification level at the end of the year will automatically roll over to your Medallion Qualification Mile balance for elite status level qualification the following year. Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles are a benefit only to SkyMiles members who have already earned Medallion elite level status. Members who do not achieve any tier of earned Medallion elite status through the published requirements are ineligible for rollover Medallion Qualification Miles.

Select Terms and Conditions

Delta Air Lines Economy Comfort seat

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Purchased Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and credited Medallion Qualification Dollars cannot be gifted or transferred between SkyMiles membership accounts.

Medallion Qualification Mile, Medallion Qualification Segment purchases and Medallion Qualification Dollar credits are in United States dollars.

The prices for purchasing Medallion Qualification Miles/Medallion Qualification Segments align with the benefits of each Medallion Tier. The price one pays for a bundle toward Silver Medallion Status in 2020 will be different than the price to reach Gold Medallion Status in 2020, and so on. Two Members who are currently at the same Status Tier for their 2019 Status may be qualifying toward different Status Tiers for 2020, so they may see different prices.

Please allow 24 hours for the Medallion Qualification Miles, Medallion Qualification Segments and Medallion Qualification Dollars purchased under the Elevate Your Status Program to be posted to your SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program account. If applicable, Medallion elite level status and Million Miler status will be updated within 24 hours of purchasing an Elevate Your Status bundle.

Elevate Your Status bundles may only be received into SkyMiles accounts which have been established for at least ten days and have earned at least one SkyMile since enrollment in the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program.

Members that qualify for Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles must also earn the minimum amount of Medallion Qualification Dollars needed to qualify for Medallion elite level status.

The Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement for Medallion elite level status applies only to SkyMiles members with a primary residence in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

Prices subject to change at any time without notice.

Other terms and conditions — including those of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program — apply.

Summary

Delta Air Lines Sky Club Concourse B Atlanta airport

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

The purpose of this offer is to provide you with a way to elevate your elite level status towards reaching Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion elite level status for 2020 if you need a little help to push your account over the threshold to reach it.

Although premium benefits of Medallion elite level status — such as unlimited complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and waived baggage fees to name a few perks — are nice to have and can be rather useful while traveling, prices for Medallion Qualification Miles and Medallion Qualification Segments towards elite level status are already quite expensive. I would advise purchasing them only if you believe that the sum of the benefits you will receive in return exceed your investment — otherwise, I do not recommend participating in this offer.

All photographs ©2013, ©2015, ©2016 and ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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