One Example of How Lifetime Elite Status Can Be a Disadvantage
When I saw Delta status match as the title of this discussion on FlyerTalk, I figured it was yet another request on how to get Delta Air Lines to match the elite level status of another frequent flier loyalty program…
One Example of How Lifetime Elite Status is a Disadvantage
…but FlyerTalk member Dk511 appears to be in a rather unique situation: having already earned lifetime — er…I mean annual complimentary — Gold Medallion elite status in the SkyMiles program 26 years ago, Dk511 moved away from Atlanta and frequently flew as a passenger on other airlines. Being in the position of once again flying as many as 125,000 miles per year as a passenger on flights operated by Delta Air Lines, Dk511 tried to have Delta Air Lines match the Executive Platinum elite status with the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program which Dk511 has earned and currently enjoys.
“…they told me they couldn’t provide status match since I was already delta gold”, Dk511 posted. “After the rejection I even emailed Delta CEO. But my email was sent back to woman in customer service who had rejected the status match and she rejected it again.”
Two camps with differing opinions pertaining to elite status matches will apparently always exist: those who believe that elite status matches are a great way to entice customers from other frequent flier loyalty programs in the hopes that they will travel as much — or more — on the airline which is offering the elite status match; and those who believe that everyone should earn elite level status the hard way: earn it by following the rules and policies established for all members of the frequent flier loyalty program, saying that if they fly frequently enough, then they will achieve their desired elite status level soon enough as well.
Even if Dk511 was sincere about flying 125,000 miles annually with Delta Air Lines — which one would think would benefit the airline — from here on in, there are also people who know how to “play” the status match “game” and attempt to spend as little as possible for attaining elite level status as easily as possible…
…so I defer to you: should Delta Air Lines grant Dk511 Platinum Medallion status by matching Executive Platinum status despite already having earned Gold Medallion status automatically every year?
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