Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m now officially a Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Platinum Medallion member! I just received the joyful email from Delta saying that my request for a Status Challenge was approved and I can now take advantage of all Platinum Medallion benefits as I complete my challenge.

I received complimentary Platinum Medallion status from Delta for the next few months or so based on my Star Alliance Gold Status. In order to keep my Platinum Medallion status past June, I need to fly around ~18k Medallion Qualification Miles within the next few months. Thankfully I live in Seattle as of now, so finding good deals isn’t hard.. especially on Delta. The best part of all, is that I have a decent chance on getting an upgrade as a Platinum Medallion and therefore I can easily hit the ~18k mark knowing that I should be upgraded on some of the flights.

Delta Sky Club Seattle

Delta Sky Club Seattle

However, what is a bit confusing is that I understand once I hit ~18k Medallion Qualification Miles within the next few months, my Platinum Medallion will be valid until the end of the year… but then what? To keep Platinum for next year, I assume I will need to fly much more than 18k this year on Delta. Essentially if I complete the challenge, the status will be valid through the end of this year. Then, I also have a chance of flying more to extend my Platinum status… or maybe make Gold instead.

Here’s what I’m wondering, though.. I recently gained 20k Medallion Qualification Miles from the personal and business American Express Delta Platinum Credit Card. The SkyMiles indicator states I need a few more MQMs to hit Silver, but mentions nothing of my progress during the status challenge. I obviously assume that the 20k I gained from the credit card won’t count at all towards the required ~18k for the challenge.. the 20k should could towards the “yearly” requirement. Meaning if I complete the challenge, I would have ~38k Medallion Qualification Miles by mid-year…

Delta One Business Class

Delta One Business Class

Then I would have to fly a bit more and could keep Platinum for all of next year. This does make sense to me, and it would definitely be worth it. I’ve been flying Delta more and more recently, especially utilising The Best Delta SkyMiles Award multiple times. I also love the new Sky Club in Seattle, so I could easily get a membership as a Platinum Medallion benefit.

Delta, you’re looking better and better to me.. just please announce future changes ahead of time!