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The Ultimate Guide for Delta SkyMiles Medallion Status Match Challenge

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Status Match – How does it work? Who can sign for it? What are the benefits? Here are all the details:

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In this post, I am going to review the Delta Status Match Challenge:

Elite status is one of the most beneficial, desired and hard to achieve & maintain in the scope of loyalty programs. Even though it is a status that many frequent travelers want to achieve, being loyal to a specific airline is very difficult in many cases.

Accordingly, airlines have begun to realize that they can invent a new method to attract Elite members of other airlines – this is what is called a Status Match. Airlines give the opportunity to an Elite member of other programs to try their Elite status.

SkyMiles in a Nutshell

Today, Delta SkyMiles is one of the most beneficial programs that give you loads of benefits like unlimited complimentary upgrades, waived baggage fees, lounge access, benefits for your own choice, and more.

Delta is currently offering a simple way to qualify an Elite status, while you can take advantage of its benefitsThe Medallion Status Match Challenge.

The Medallion Status Match Challenge is an offer for you to switch to Delta:

  • It is available for you if you currently have elite status with another airline
  • You will get the equivalent Medallion Status for three months – complimentary.
  • You’ll even have the opportunity to extend your Status past three months if you successfully complete the challenge by flying a certain amount.

SkyMiles Medallion Benefits

Delta SkyMiles program offers you a variety of benefits while you do the match, and after you complete it:

  • Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades for you and a travel companion
  • Waived Baggage Fees
  • Priority Boarding
  • Preferred Seats
  • Choice Benefits – a benefit you can choose among free upgrades, redeemable miles, travel voucher, and more
Delta Comfort+

How does Delta SkyMiles Status Match Challenge Work?

In three simple steps, you could be on your way to enjoying Medallion Status:

1. Check your eligibility

In order to enroll in the challenge, you have to meet all of the following criteria:

  • In the past three years, you have not received a Status Match
  • You currently have Elite status with a qualifying airline
  • You are able to present:
    • Valid, current elite physical or digital membership card or credential with your name on it
    • Statement showing your earned elite status with an airline

2. Enroll in the Challenge

If you met all the criteria listed above, submit your request to be enrolled in the Status Match Challenge.

Make sure that you’re ready to begin the challenge before you submit your request as your three-month complimentary Status period will begin within 24 hours after you receive your email confirmation.

3. Complete the Flying Requirements

Once your request is approved, you will be automatically enrolled in the challenge. Your complimentary Status Match will last for 3 months beginning within 24 hours after you receive your confirmation email.

At this time period, you need to complete the challenge in order to extend your status validity.

Here are the requirements for completing the challenge for each level of granted elite status:

Silver MedallionGold MedallionPlatinum Medallion
6,250 MQMs or 8 MQSs
$750 MQDs or complete MQD waiver
12,500 MQMs or 15 MQSs
$1,500 MQDs or complete MQD waiver
18,750 MQMs or 15 MQSs
$2,250 MQDs or complete MQD waiver

Status Comparison Chart

Delta SkyMiles Medallion StatusSilverGoldPlatinum
Air Canada Altitude StatusPrestige 25K
Elite 35K
Elite 50KElite 75K
Elite 100K
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan ProgramMVPMVP GoldMVP Gold 75K
All Nippon Airways Mileage Club StatusBronzePlatinumDiamond
American Airlines AAdvantage StatusGoldPlatinumExecutive Platinum
Platinum Pro
Concierge Key
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club StatusGoldDiamondDiamon Plus
British Airways Executive Club StatusBronzeSilverGold
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles StatusSilverGoldPlatinum
Presidential Platinum
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Fly On StatusCrystalSapphirePremier
JetBlue True Blue StatusN/AMosaicN/A
Lufthansa Miles&More StatusFrequent TravelerN/ASenator
Hon Circle Members
South African Airways Voyager StatusSilverGoldPlatinum
Lifetime Platinum
Southwest Airlines Rapid RewardsA-ListA-List PreferredN/A
United Airlines Mileage Plus StatusPremier SilverPremier GoldPremier Platinum
Premier 1K

My own Tips for your Match

1. Prepare your next Trip

Before you enroll in the match, make sure that you can complete the challenge (Within 90 days) in order to extend the validity of your status.

Here is a route for example that is more than 80% of the match to the Platinum Medallion status! Note that this route costs only $483.

In the route mentioned above, you can accumulate 15252 MQMs that are enough for the Gold Medallion or 80% from Platinum Medallion (as written before).

Tel-Aviv to San-Francisco via Paris

2. Maximize your Status Validity

Timing is very important for enrolling in this match. If you enroll at the right time and complete your match, you can enjoy your Elite status for up to 18 months:

  • When you enroll between January-June 2020 and complete the match, your status will be valid up to January 31, 2021.
  • When you enroll after July 2020, your status can be valid up to January 31, 2022 (which is 18 months of status).


Delta SkyMiles Medallion Status Match Challenge is quite simple to complete.
With a little effort, you can enjoy loads of benefits like free upgrades, extra baggage allowance, lounge access and more.

If you have an Elite status in a relevant airline, my recommendation is to enroll in this status match challenge and have another Elite status for your next flights.

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