Delta Offering Enhanced Status Match Challenge to Alaska Air Frequent Flyers

May 26, 2019

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Delta Air Lines is offering Alaska Airlines elite frequent flyers the opportunity to match their status with Delta. Five years after starting a hub at Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), Delta is continuing to take on Alaska Air, the largest carrier at the airport, head on. This latest status match challenge promotion encourages loyal Alaska Airlines flyers to become loyal to Delta, the second-largest carrier at Sea-Tac, by offering elite flyers a higher tier with Delta. The promotion was first reported by Points, Miles & Martinis.

Delta is one of the many airlines that offers elite frequent flyers the ability to match their status at any time. While Delta’s standard status match challenge can be quite valuable to frequent flyers loyal to the airline’s competitors, this Alaska challenge is quite lucrative.

Typically, Delta Air Lines will match Alaska Airlines MileagePlan MVP Gold flyers to Gold Medallion status. With the current status match promotion, MVP Gold frequent flyers will now be matched to Platinum Medallion status. Additionally, MileagePlan MVP flyers would usually be matched to Silver Medallion status. With Delta’s promotion, MVP frequent flyers will receive Gold Medallion status. MileagePlan MVP Gold 75K flyers will continue to receive Platinum Medallion status.

The view from the Delta SkyClub at Sea-Tac (Photo by Alberto Riva/TPG)
The view from the Delta SkyClub at Sea-Tac (Photo by Alberto Riva/TPG)

While frequent flyers who receive a status match challenge can take advantage of the benefits associated with that status, those benefits will only be available for a short period of time.

Status obtained via a match is only valid for three months, then flyers will be required to fly a set number of miles or segments and spend a set amount to earn elite qualifying dollars and  maintain their elite status. The requirements are as follows:

Gold Medallion Status:

Platinum Medallion Status:

The Points Guy values Delta Gold Medallion status at $2,235 while Platinum Medallion status is valued at $3,865. For a full guide to what Delta elite status is worth and list of benefits, consult our guide to Delta Medallion status.

To be eligible for this status match challenge (or any Delta status match challenge), you cannot have applied for and received a Delta status match in the past three years. Additionally, all frequent flyers wishing to match their status with Delta must be able to present current elite status membership credentials, as well as a recent statement that indicates the applicant earned elite status on another airline.

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