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Get to Know Medallion Status

SkyMiles Medallion Status Match Challenge

What is it?

The Medallion Status Match Challenge is our offer for you to switch to Delta. If you currently have elite status with another airline we will give you the equivalent Medallion Status for three months – complimentary. Plus, you’ll even have the opportunity to extend your Status past three months if you successfully complete the challenge by flying a certain amount.

Why switch to SkyMiles?

With SkyMiles:

  • Your miles never expire and can take you to 1,000+ destinations around the world
  • You can use your miles to travel on any Delta Air Lines flight with no blackout dates
  • Watch your miles add up faster when you dine, shop, book a stay, rent cars, request rides, and more with your favorite brands

And as a Medallion Member, you’ll receive industry-leading benefits such as:

  • Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs)* - a Delta exclusive
  • Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades for you and a travel companion
  • Waived Baggage Fees
  • Priority Boarding
  • Preferred Seats
  • Choice Benefits – a Delta exclusive for our Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members*

See all of the Medallion Benefits

*Members will only be eligible for Rollover MQMs and Choice Benefits once they have successfully met the requirements for their challenge.

How does it Work?

In three simple steps you could be on your way to enjoying Medallion Status.

1. Determine if you are eligible

You are eligible to participate in our Status Match Challenge if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You have not received a Status Match or complimentary Medallion Status in the past three years, unless the complimentary Medallion Status was through your Million Miler Status
  • You currently have elite status with a qualifying airline that was earned through that airline’s published requirements (complimentary status or status earned through a promotion does not qualify)
  • You are able to present both a valid, current elite credential and a statement showing your earned elite status

Unfortunately, if you do not meet the above requirements, you are not eligible for our Status Match Challenge.

2. Submit your request

If you met all the criteria listed above, submit your request to be enrolled in the Status Match Challenge.

Submit Your Request

3. Enjoy Medallion Status

Complimentary Status for 3 months

Once your request is approved, you will be automatically enrolled in the challenge and matched to Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion Status based on your current elite status with another airline. Your complimentary Status Match will last for 3 months beginning on the date your request is approved*.

Use the Status Comparison chart to see what Medallion Tier you qualify for.

*Requests can take up to 3 weeks to be approved, but usually are processed faster.

Extend your Status

Enjoying your complimentary Medallion Status? Extend it by earning the required amount of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) during the 3 month complimentary period and, for U.S.-based Members only, earning the required amount of Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) during the 3 month complimentary period or qualifying for the MQD Waiver*. If you enrolled before January 1, 2018, then you do not need to achieve the MQD or MQD Waiver requirement to complete your Status Match Challenge. 

MQMs / MQSs / MQDs needed to extend Status past 3 months




     6,250 MQMs or 8 MQSs


 $750 MQDs or MQD Waiver*

     12,500 MQMs or 15 MQSs


  $1,500 MQDs or MQD Waiver*

     18,750 MQMs or 25 MQSs


  $2,250 MQDs or MQD Waiver*

For more information about earning MQMs, MQSs, MQDs or the MQD Waiver, please visit How to Get Medallion Status.

If you enrolled in the challenge between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 and you complete the requirements, your Medallion Status will be extended through January 31, 2018.

If you enroll in the challenge on or after July 1, 2017 and you complete the requirements, your Medallion Status will be extended through January 31, 2019.

* If you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases with your eligible Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Expressopens in a new window between the beginning of the calendar year and the end of your Status Match Challenge period, you will earn the MQD Waiver. This waives the MQD requirement for this challenge.

Status Comparison Chart

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Status




Air Canada Altitude Status

Prestige 25K,
Elite 35K

Elite 50K

Elite 75K,
Super Elite 100K

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Status


MVP Gold

MVP Gold 75K

All Nippon Airways Mileage Club Status




American Airlines AAdvantage Status




Executive Platinum,
Platinum Pro, Concierge Key


Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Status



Diamond Plus,

British Airways Executive Club Status




Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Status




Presidential Platinum


Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Fly On Status




jetBlue True Blue Status




Lufthansa Miles & More Status

Frequent Traveler


HON Circle Members

United Airlines Mileage Plus Status

Premier Silver

Premier Gold

Premier Platinum,
Platinum 1K,
Global Services

If you have status with an airline (excluding Delta airline partners) that is not listed above but meet the participation criteria, you can still submit your request  to participate in the Status Match Challenge.

Frequently Asked Questions

MQMs, MQSs and MQDs earned on Delta- and Delta Connection-operated flights will count towards this challenge. MQMs, MQSs and MQDs may also be earned on partner airline flights that are eligible to earn MQMs, MQSs and MQDs. Visit Airline Partners to learn more about what flights qualify.

The MQDs requirement will be waived you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases during the calendar year by the end of your 3 month trial with your eligible Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. For example, if a Member enrolls in the Status Match Challenge on June 1 and has until September 1 to complete the challenge, spending $25,000 in eligible purchases between January 1 and September 1 will meet the MQD Waiver requirement for the Status Match Challenge, waiving the MQD requirement. As a reminder, only U.S.-based Members have to complete the MQD or MQD Waiver criteria to complete their Status Match Challenge.

The Medallion Status Match is only offered for Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion Tiers.

You may only extend the same or lower Medallion Tier as the Tier you were originally matched to. For example, if you are matched to Gold Medallion Status, you will not be able to earn Platinum Medallion Status through this offer. However, if you fall short of meeting the Gold requirements during the 3 months but meet the Silver requirements you can enjoy extended Silver Status based on the dates listed.

Physical credentials will not be issued during the 3 month complimentary Status period. You can access your Membership Card through the Fly Delta app.

Members who are matched to Platinum Medallion Status will not be eligible for Choice Benefits unless the requirements to extend Platinum Medallion Status are met.

Offer valid for travel completed within 3 months from time of account upgrade and will not include flights taken prior to enrollment. Participation does not guarantee Medallion Status. Promotional or temporary elite status on other airlines will not be eligible for this promotion. Matched Status will expire after 3 months, unless that level or a higher level of Medallion Status is awarded prior to that date. Medallion Status must be earned in subsequent years by traveling the required amount of MQMs or MQSs and spending the required MQDs (U.S.-based members only) or earning the MQD Waiver. Only MQMs, MQSs and MQDs earned through travel on Delta, Delta Connection, and SkyMiles Partner Airlines will count towards the challenge. MQMs/MQSs/MQDs earned through other sources, including but not limited to SkyMiles Credit Cards, do not count towards the challenge. Visit Partner Airlines to learn more about what flights qualify. Travel on Award Tickets does not qualify for this offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice. All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers, rules and benefits subject to change. Please refer Delta customer service representative to 97020412.

Members who earn Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion Status beyond the 3 month period through this promotion will be updated in the system within five business days of completing the requirements. Members who successfully complete the Status Match Challenge are eligible for Rollover MQMs based on their earned Medallion Status.