Delta Air Lines is one of the major airline companies in the United States with its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It is also the founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
Delta currently operates from 9 hubs located at different airports across the country including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.
Delta One, Premium Select, First Class, Comfort Plus, and Main Cabin are the fare classes available while flying on Delta Air Lines. If you are a frequent flyer, and a loyal Delta customer, you will benefit from the Delta Medallion Loyalty Program.
Delta Medallion status consists of four levels namely Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion, and Diamond Medallion. Today, we will explore the requirements, and benefits of the Diamond Medallion which is the highest status level.
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What is Delta Diamond Medallion status?
Medallion Status is a loyalty program offered by Delta Air Lines to its valuable customers. Diamond Medallion is the highest level of the Medallion Status followed by Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion.
The Diamond Medallion status offers exclusive benefits such as the highest complimentary upgrade priority, premium boarding, Choice benefits, Rollover MQMs, and much more.
We will explore all the benefits in detail later but before that, let’s find out the requirements to qualify for the Delta Medallion Status.
How do you become a Delta Diamond Medallion? [Requirements]
There are some qualification requirements to become eligible for the Diamond Medallion status. Customers need to gain Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) or the MQD Waiver or earn Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs).
- MQM stands for Medallion Qualification Miles, and it is earned based on distance flown, and fare class selected, excluding Basic Economy.
- MQS is an abbreviation for Medallion Qualification Segments that can be earned based on the number of flights excluding Basic Economy.
- MQD stands for Medallion Qualification Dollars, and can be earned based on customers’ annual spending on Delta flights, and other partner airline flights. On Award Travel tickets, MQDs will be calculated based on miles redeemed for the flight divided by 100 on Delta-marketed flights only.
- MQD Waiver means the MQDs requirement to qualify for Silver, Platinum, or Gold Medallion Status for the qualification year will be waived after Delta customers make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases during the calendar year using eligible Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards.
To qualify for Delta Diamond Medallion, customers need to earn at least 125,000 MQMs, or 140 MQSs, and $15,000 MQDs, or MQD Waiver.
For example, if passengers earn 125,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), and $15,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) through flight, and spending activity during the 2022 calendar year (1st January – 31st December), they will receive 2023 Silver Medallion Status which will be valid from the day it is earned until January 31st, 2024.
Only the customers flying on Delta flights can earn MQMs, MQSs, MQDs, and MQD Waivers not the person who booked or paid for the flight. Progress made can be tracked by visiting the My SkyMiles page or the Fly Delta mobile app.
Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards can also be used to earn Medallion Qualification Miles. There are various cards available including Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card, Platinum American Express Card, Reserve American Express Card, and Blue American Express Card.
For example, customers can earn up to 10,000 MQMs, and 50,000 Bonus miles after they make $5,000 in eligible purchases using their Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card.
What do you get with Delta Diamond Medallion? [Benefits]
Being the highest Medallion Tier, Diamond offers exclusive benefits over other status levels.
Here are the major benefits you get with Delta Diamond Medallion.
Choice Benefits is one of the unique perks of Diamond Medallion status which is not available with Silver, and Gold Medallion. Diamond Medallion members can select a customizable Choice Benefit that includes the following choices.
- Delta Sky Club® Membership Options
- Global & Regional Upgrade Certificates, which can be used on tickets booked as a part of a Delta Vacations® package
- Gift Gold Medallion Status to a friend or family member
- 25,000 bonus miles for yourself, someone else, or a SkyWish charity of your choice
- A $200 Delta travel voucher, also applicable toward a Delta Vacations package
Unlimited Rollover MQMs Benefit
Delta customers get the opportunity to earn more miles with Diamond Medallion Status, thanks to the Rollover MQMs. The Rollover MQMs benefit is offered to Medallion Members with which the Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) earned above the Medallion Tier qualification threshold will roll over to the next qualification year to provide a jump start on earning Status again.
Here’s an example of how Rollover MQMs work in a typical year: You reach Diamond Medallion Status by earning 150,000 MQMs and $15,000 MQDs during the 2022 calendar year. You only needed 125,000 MQMs to reach Diamond. With Rollover MQMs, you’ll be able to rollover the 25,000 MQMs you earned above and beyond the Diamond requirement, to your next year’s balance giving you a head start toward earning Status again for 2023. Delta will automatically rollover your MQMs by the end of January each year.
Amenities at the Airport
Diamond Medallion members receive various amenities at the airport including Priority check-in, expedited baggage service, Clear membership, expedited security screening, and more.
- Members will get a complimentary CLEAR membership (valued at an annual $189) which allows expedited security clearance.
- Diamond members will get the highest priority boarding among Delta Medallion members which will allow them to board immediately after customers in Delta One or First Class.
- Sky Priority suite of services is offered that consists of priority check-in, priority security line access, and expedited baggage service.
Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades
As a Delta Diamond Medallion Status member, you receive unlimited complimentary upgrades to Delta First Class, Delta Comfort+, domestic Delta One experience, and complimentary preferred seats. Besides, they also get an opportunity to select seat preferences for Delta Comfort+ complimentary upgrades.
The unlimited complimentary upgrade to Delta One Experience is only available on domestic flights within 50 states. It begins on the day of departure and is valid on all paid tickets (except E fares), Award Tickets, Miles+Cash, and Pay with Miles tickets.
The unlimited complimentary upgrade to First Class begins 120 hours (5 days) prior to departure and is applicable on all paid tickets (except E fares), Award Tickets, Miles+Cash, and Pay with Miles tickets. Likewise, the unlimited complimentary Delta Comfort+ upgrades are available shortly after ticketing on all paid tickets (except E fares), Award Tickets, Miles+Cash, and Pay with Miles tickets.
Companions traveling with Diamond Medallion members will also receive unlimited complimentary upgrades to Delta One, First Class, and Delta Comfort+ for flights within U.S. 50 states. Furthermore, members will also receive unlimited complimentary Clase Premier upgrades (120 hours – 5 days prior to departure) on select Aeromexico-operated flights.
Complimentary Checked Baggage
Delta Diamond Medallion status holders can carry their first checked baggage for free when traveling on Delta or select partner airline flights. In addition, up to 8 of the travel companions also receive free first-checked baggage when traveling on a Delta Flight.
Complimentary Same-Day Confirmed Change
Delta Diamond Medallion members can request a same-day flight change for free within 24 hours prior to their original departure time. This offer is not available when flying on a Basic Economy (E) fare.
The following table depicts the same-day confirmed change requirement for different cabins.
|DELTA CABIN||REQUIREMENT FOR SAME-DAY CONFIRMED CHANGE|
|Main Cabin||Original Fare Class must be available.|
|Premium Cabins including Delta One, First Class, and Business Class||Same-day confirmed change can be made as long as a seat is available in the Premium Cabin|
Other benefits of being a Delta Diamond Medallion are listed below.
Priority Wait List – With Diamond Medallion status, passengers receive priority waitlist status on paid tickets if the class of service preferred is not available when making a reservation.
VIP Phone Line – Passengers will get an exclusive, and dedicated Phone Line with Delta Reservations Specialist, or SkyMiles representative for live service, and support with highest priority above all other members.
Reclaim My Status – Current, and former Diamond Medallion members can apply to enroll in Reclaim My Status to fly with three months of complimentary Status in the Tier they applied for and earn back that Status through the following Medallion Year.
SkyTeam Elite Plus Status – Diamond Medallion members are also entitled as SkyTeam Elite Plus Status holders who can enjoy the equivalent benefits such as Global Sky Team Lounge access, Priority Baggage Handling, and more.
Hertz Car Rental Benefits – Delta Diamond Medallion members will earn up to 1,250 bonus miles per Qualifying rental with Hertz. They will also enjoy President’s Circle Status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program.
Instacart Benefits – As a Diamond Medallion Member, you will receive 1 year of Free Instacart Express Trial that can be used to earn 1.5 miles per dollar spent on grocery orders, and enjoy more benefits.
Bag Tags – Diamond Medallion members can show off their status with bag tags.
Drink Vouchers – You will get four drink vouchers with Delta Diamond Medallion Status. The onboard drink vouchers can be found in the My Wallet section of the Fly Delta App upon earning Status.
Delta Vacations –All Delta Medallion Members including Diamond Medallion can save up to $350 per booking with Delta Vacations (including vacations booked with miles).
|DELTA VACATIONS||SAVINGS AS A SILVER MEDALLION MEMBER|
|$1250 – $2,499||$50|
|$2,500 – $3,999||$100|
|$4,000 – $6,999||$150|
|$7000 or more||$350|
Conclusion on Delta Diamond Medallion
We answered ‘What do you get with Delta Diamond Medallion?’ with all the benefits in detail. Besides, we also discussed the requirements to qualify for the Diamond Medallion status.
In a nutshell, Diamond Medallion is the highest Medallion Tier that features exclusive benefits over other levels.
Complimentary CLEAR membership, Delta Sky Club access, Customizable Choice Benefits, Premium Boarding, VIP Phone LIne, Highest Complimentary Upgrade Priority, and Priority Waitlist are the major benefits of Diamond Medallion status.
Is there any level beyond Diamond Medallion status?
Yes, there is. Delta 360° is an annual invite-only program offered to top SkyMiles members. This program is made up of an exclusive suite of benefits and services beyond Diamond Medallion status.
Delta Air Lines evaluates your overall investment, and if selected you will be contacted directly.
FAQs on Delta Diamond Medallion
What is Diamond Medallion Status worth?
Diamond Medallion is the highest Medallion Tier offering exclusive benefits over other Medallion levels.
Does Diamond Medallion get Sky Club access?
Diamond Medallion members get Delta Sky Club access as part of the Diamond Medallion Choice benefits.
Is Diamond Medallion better than Platinum?
Diamond Medallion is the highest Medallion Tier while Platinum is the second-highest. Diamond offers more benefits compared to Platinum Medallion.
What is higher than a Diamond Medallion?
Delta also features an invite-only program known as Delta 360°. It is offered to the top SkyMiles members that include an exclusive suite of benefits beyond Diamond Medallion status.