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Update, 10/31: Both of these incredibly generous matching offers end today! Note that Delta has partially rolled back its elite status changes, though they still plan on implementing the changes over the coming years.
Have you matched your Delta status to Alaska and/or JetBlue?
Update, 10/3: JetBlue’s incredibly generous status match program is now posting! Have you matched Delta status to JetBlue?
Originally posted on 9/26:
Delta shocked its elite members 2 weeks ago by dropping the bombshell that they would need to spend a whole lot more to earn elite status starting in 2024.
In return, Delta offered, well, absolutely nothing.
Instead, Delta passengers are encouraged to fly other airlines, due to the airline limiting the number of times per year they can access Delta’s clubs.
Delta has gone from selling 14% of its domestic first-class seats in 2011 to 74% last month. By lowering the cost to buy or upgrade to first class seats, Delta has made it tougher than ever to score first class upgrades, which is the main perk of elite status. They have also downgraded the value of their global upgrade certificates. At the same time, they have made it harder than ever to earn status.
To make matters worse for Delta, their SkyTeam alliance has the weakest benefits of any airline alliance.
OneWorld status from Alaska and American or Star Alliance status from United is far more valuable than SkyTeam status and those statuses are now much easier to attain.
And now some airlines are targeting Delta elites to jump ship:
- Alaska Airlines used to partner with Delta, but that ended when Delta decided to open a Seattle hub and compete for traffic in Alaska’s primary hub.
- They are offering a status challenge up to top-tier MVP Gold 100K.
- If your Delta status expires in 2023, you can match Silver to MVP, Gold to MVP Gold, and Platinum or Diamond to MVP Gold 75K for 90 days, or until the end of next year if you meet a 5K-15K flight challenge. Or if you have or will open an Alaska Airlines credit card by the end of the year, they will waive the flight challenge requirements and you’ll keep the status until the end of next year!
- If your Delta status expires in 2024 and you have or will open an Alaska Airlines credit card by the end of the year, you can jump up a level by matching Silver to MVP Gold, Gold to MVP Gold 75K, and Platinum or Diamond to MVP Gold 100K and you’ll keep the status until the end of next year!
- That’s much more generous than their usual status challenge which caps out at MVP Gold 75K and doesn’t offer the card option for a full match or to go up a level.
- Offer expires 10/31.
- JetBlue announced today that they will also offer a status challenge to Delta elites. The name of the offer? Mosaic on the DL. Whether that stands for on the down low or Delta’s IATA abbreviation of DL is the double entendre.
- Matches status is valid through 12/30/23 or if the 6-30 tile challenge is met, through 12/31/24. Alternatively, if you have or will open a JetBlue Plus card or JetBlue Business card by 12/30/23, you will keep your status through 12/31/24 without needing to meet a tile challenge!
- Delta Silver will match to Mosaic 1 with 2 free checked bags, EMS seating at check-in, free same day changes, plus Mint Suite Priority
- Delta Gold will match to Mosaic 2 with EMX seating at booking, plus Mint Suite Priority and pet fee waiver
- Delta Platinum will match to Mosaic 3, plus Mint Suite Priority, pet fee waiver, 4 mint upgrade certificates, and FoundersCard Blue Membership.
- Delta and Diamond will match to Mosaic 4, plus Mint Suite Priority, pet fee waiver, FoundersCard Blue Membership, 6 mint upgrade certificates, 4 one-way Blade Airport helicopter transfers between Manhattan & JFK or EWR, and 15,000 bonus points.
- This offer is valid to the first 30K people to request a match, or until 10/31, whichever comes first.
- You can read more about the JetBlue Mosaic elite program here.
Will you match your Delta status to Alaska and/or JetBlue? Will you keep or drop your Delta status after the announced changes?