Delta Gold Medallion now gets you SkyTeam Elite Plus status

Delta has just announced that as of March 1, 2011, Gold Medallion status (the tier requiring 50,000 medallion qualifying miles) will get you SkyTeam Elite Plus status. This is comparable to Star Alliance Gold or OneWorld Sapphire status, meaning you and a guest can access a SkyTeam lounge when traveling internationally on a SkyTeam flight.

Previously, only Platinum Medallion members (75,000+ medallion qualifying miles per year) and above had SkyTeam Elite Plus status. This move definitely makes Delta more competitive, given that all the other US legacies give you lounge access when traveling internationally at the 50,000 elite qualifying miles tier.

Between this and the SkyMiles expiration policy change, it has been quite a day for Delta…

(Tip of the hat to TMtravelworld)


  1. With the last of my DL miles, I was able to book Business (or what ever its call in French) on the A380 YYZ-CDG and back for 100K DL miles, let you lucky try to do the same on LH using UA mies, and considering I was earning 2.25 miles for every BIS when i was Diamond and all the promos DL would have, its really not a bad deal.

    The difficulty with DL is actually trying to book domestic, but really how often do we use UA miles on UA or AA miles on AA? The main reason I left was because they were doing some very un-customer friendly things, and their SWUs were all but impossible to use.

  2. Also add in Delta introducing Economy Comfort, and I think they will be a much better alternative for traveling in Y or Y+ on UA.

  3. That’s great. As a DL 2 million miler (lifetime gold) having elite plus check in and lounge access will be a big help on upcoming skyteam international flights.

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