Register for Delta’s 2016 Elite Status Challenge Online

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Update: A Delta representative reached out to clarify that only individuals who received this offer from their employer or Delta will be eligible for the status challenge. While anyone may be allowed to register, unqualified members will not earn status through this promotion.

Note: The status challenge below may be targeted, but you’ll likely be able to register even if you don’t meet the corporate travel requirement.

American launched a status challenge earlier this month, but you need to call in and pay a fee to participate. Now Delta’s introduced a challenge of its own, and it’s a heck of a lot easier to enter.

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As per the terms of this promotion, you can earn six months of Silver Medallion status plus 5,000 bonus miles after flying one qualifying round-trip (regular paid flights that aren’t booked in L, U, T, X, V or E fare classes). If you fly three round-trips, you’ll earn Gold status for a year, plus 10,000 miles. Or if you fly six round-trips, you’ll earn 12 months of Platinum status plus 10,000 bonus miles. According to the terms, it appears that these bonuses do stack, so you have the potential to earn a total of 25,000 bonus miles after completing six round-trip flights. Those miles are worth $300 based on TPG’s most recent valuations.

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Officially, you need to be part of a corporate travel program in order to sign up, but the challenge appears to be open to any member that doesn’t currently have status with Delta. To enter, visit this page and enter your SkyMiles number. You must complete the requirements within six months of registering, and you need to sign up by June 30, 2016 (though Delta may begin enforcing the corporate travel program requirement long before that date). Tickets purchased before you register won’t be eligible, unfortunately. See this post to get an idea of what you can expect as a Delta elite.

Thanks to TPG reader Ken L., who shared this news tip by emailing tpgtips@thepointsguy.com. We’ll be sending out a $200 Visa gift card as a token of our appreciation.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

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  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer Credit Rating
None 15.49%-19.49% Variable $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 See Terms Excellent Credit