Delta award tickets count as elite for 2021 vacations, 50% to 75% bonus on alltravel.
Gary Leff on the 31st. March 2021.
Delta is offering a minimum 50% elite qualification bonus for all travel through 2021 and a 75% bonus for premium cabin travel under the Medallion Accelerator banner. For the first time at Delta , award flights between 1 April and 31 December 2021 also count towards elite status.
- The bonus applies to eligible miles and segments as well as eligible dollars.
- 50% bonus for the trainer
- 75% bonus on award cabin travel (including extra legroom for Comfort+, and on upgrades purchased after the initial ticket purchase (payable in cash or miles).
- The premium cannot be transferred immediately – the premium for trips between 1. April and 15. May will therefore be transferred before 31. December. May 2021 credited to the account.
- These bonuses count towards solving the problems of elite status and millionaire status.
Only Delta flights operated and sold by the airline. Partner travel is not allowed, nor are award tickets issued by partners for travel with Delta. Mileage upgrades do not count, nor do wholesale or special fares, except those purchased through Delta Vacations. Upgrades purchased at registration or at the door also do not count.
For bonus travel, each mile redeemed is treated as one cent, plus a bonus. For example, an award bus ticket that costs 30,000 miles costs $450.
Last summer, Delta’s vassal Virgin Atlantic announced a bonus to achieve elite status. This is a new permanent feature of the Virgo program. Delta’s move is only temporary.
Air Canada Aeroplan is the reference in this field. They have already extended everyone’s elite status until 2022. The United States and Canada have lowered the eligibility requirements and made some sort of offer to expedite the status. But Delta has yet to comment on how status can be achieved in 2021 (beyond full qualification rules, which were never possible).
If this is all Delta does this year, I don’t think it’s enough: Business travel will not really pick up until the third quarter. And the borders generally remain closed. Traveling in premium cabin on long-haul is not the elite status option that fits the profile of many Delta customers. A bonus of 50 or 75 percent will not keep these members at the expected level.
Still, I appreciate that bonus travel is considered elite status, which makes sense given Delta’s lucrative program, where every mile is worth (almost and almost) pennies.
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