The news that Delta Air Lines will implement a revenue requirement in addition to normal mileage and segment requirements next year to qualify for Medallion status has created quite a stir across the interweb. Message boards, blogs, and the Twitterverse are buzzing with spirited discussions back and forth on this change. Some love it, some hate, and others are indifferent. One thing is certain, it is a change that will lead some Delta elites to look elsewhere. You know how I feel about this. I am not personally troubled by the thought of a revenue requirement for elite status, and I am not changing my flying patterns or mileage earning preferences because of it. However, that does not mean that I am unsympathetic to those who are concerned about it. I think the first program that any chagrined Delta flier should think about is Alaska Mileage Plan.

Alaska partners with an impressive number of airlines, including Delta, and earning Alaska miles on your Delta flights is as simple as entering your Mileage Plan number in your reservation. Most Delta fares are eligible for Alaska mileage credit, and you can even qualify for Alaska’s elite MVP status with your Delta flights. And yes, you can take advantage of those elite benefits when flying Delta.

Now, if all the other airlines rush to follow Delta on this, Mileage Plan might be less of an option for former Delta fliers. If the other airlines don’t follow Delta, I don’t think there is any guarantee that Delta changes its mind on its new revenue-based elite qualification requirements. In fact, I would bet a bottle of very good wine that Delta presses ahead with Medallion Qualification Dollars no matter what. In other words, if you’ve decided to dump Sky Miles, you don’t have anything to lose by taking a close look at Mileage Plan. You may have a lot to gain on the redemption side of things too. No matter what happens, 2013 may be the most interesting year we’ve had in miles and points for a while.

-MJ, January 28, 2013

I posted recently about an offer from Hilton HHonors for 250MQMs, and now Hertz is in on the action. Earn 250 redeemable miles and 250 MQMs for rentals of 3 days or longer. Rent with CDP #165385 & PC #175512.

Terms and Conditions: Offer valid on qualifying rentals of 3 or more days for pickup through November 30, 2012. MQMs cannot be earned on bonus miles. MQMs are used for Medallion Status qualification, and are based on calendar-year activity. For 2012 Silver Medallion status, members must earn 25,000 MQMs; 50,000 MQMs for Gold Medallion status; and 75,000 MQMs for Platinum Medallion status. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/memberguide.

HT to Delta Points.

This just in from Delta. Bonus MQMs….. makes an appearance from time to time… I seem to remember more lucrative offers at times in the past, but I’ll take what I can get. :)

“Get to your next Medallion status faster with Hilton HHonors™ and Delta. Sign up for this offer and you’ll earn 250 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) to elevate your Medallion status. Plus earn double miles and get to Award Travel faster when you book and complete a two-night stay between now and December 15, 2012 at any participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.* Be sure to select Delta as your preferred Double Dip® Points & Miles™ partner in your HHonors profile to qualify for this offer. With two times the rewards, you’ll get to experiences worth sharing faster than ever.”

Since I have a few hotel stays coming up, I’ll be taking advantage of this. Be sure to check out the full terms and conditions and register here.

Sorry for the wacky title, I just didn’t know what else to type at 10:30pm on Saturday night. :) As you know, I was in Atlanta this past week on business, returning Thursday evening. Delayed flights…..weather….blah. I made it in pretty late, and had to be at the office early Friday. In short…I’m a little behind on my blog work. I know, I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but I will be returning to a normal posting schedule soon, and I really appreciate your tolerance as MrsMJonTravel and I work through the transition to a new home in a new town.

I expected my last trip to Atlanta to be my last time there as a non-resident, but I’m actually making a quick trip back down there tomorrow afternoon for some personal business (translation – I wanted to be there for the home inspection at the new MJ on Travel world HQ) on Monday. Found a sweet deal at my most favored Atlanta hotel, the W Buckhead, a rental car on Hertz Gold points, and truth be told….Delta didn’t want an arm, leg, and one of our cats for a very short notice booking. Heck, my Medallion upgrade even cleared at booking for the flight down on Sunday afternoon. It’s meant to be. :)

I owe you a review of my last stay at the W….. I got a sweet upgrade that I’m anxious to tell you about. But in the meantime, here’s something to tide you over.

I just received an email from Delta Air Lines with some good news for those of us who are Medallion and fly Delta from Boston from time to time.

“We reconfigured the airport lobby to better serve you. Now, you’ll notice separate check-in counters and security areas for Delta Sky Priority® and Delta Shuttle®, as well as a dedicated security line for TSA PreCheck

As a Medallion® member, you’ll always enjoy access to the Sky Priority lane. You also may use the Delta Shuttle lane when taking advantage of our convenient, daily shuttle flights to New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) or Washington, D.C.-Reagan National (DCA). 

If you haven’t already, be sure to opt in to TSA PreCheck, a screening initiative that could simplify the security process. Just update your Secure Flight Passenger Data in your SkyMiles profile. Then, you could be eligible to enjoy the convenience and speed of an expedited security lane. 

Thank you for choosing Delta. We look forward to serving you soon.”

Good news for Delta Medallions flying from Boston. I’ve posted about PreCheck before. And while I wish there was a way to always assure that you get picked for PreCheck, right now, there is not. There’s always a risk that even if you check all the right boxes and really are “low risk” you’ll get sent to the routine screening lane. But as it stands now, I’d much rather get selected for PreCheck than not. I can use the extra time in the club to get work done if nothing else.

Wait…. what the heck did he just say?!?!?! OK….let me explain. I love me some first class. It’s just that for this trip, I’m accompanied by MrsMJonTravel. Next week, I’m taking a long planned and routine business trip to Atlanta. MrsMJonTravel and I decided to go down for the weekend at our expense, so I changed my flight to Saturday, and then booked her ticket separately. I was able to request a companion upgrade for her, but unlike my other primary airlines, AA and US, companions do not clear with the elite passenger at Delta, they clear after all other elites have been upgraded. Delta’s domestic upgrade policy for elite Medallions is pretty generous overall, but this is one area where it can get a little tricky.

I had hoped that flying on a Saturday afternoon would mean that few elites would be flying, but a look at the seat map seems to indicate that a lot of premium seats reserved for elites are taken, which likely means there are a lot of people ahead of MrsMJonTravel in the upgrade queue. And what does that mean? It means that I’ll likely be sitting in 27E. Figure it out. :D

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