What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Status Worth?

What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Status Worth?

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The Delta SkyMiles program has suffered some setbacks in recent years, including Delta's decision to stop publishing an award chart. However, many flyers remain loyal to Delta despite their frustrations with its rewards program.

Delta's reputation for excellent service is a major factor in its customers' continuing loyalty. Another reason Delta flyers choose to stick around are the valuable perks that come with being a Delta Medallion member. If you achieve Delta Medallion status, you can start reaping benefits that could easily save you hundreds or thousands of dollars every year.

What is the Delta Medallion program?

The Delta Medallion program is Delta's loyalty program, which rewards frequent flyers on Delta with various perks and benefits. While you'll need to fly a certain amount to obtain Medallion status, as detailed below, anyone can join Delta's SkyMiles loyalty program. By joining, you'll start earning miles that can be exchanged for free flights, and you'll also begin tracking your progress toward Medallion status.

Delta Medallion status levels

Delta's loyalty program has four status levels:

  • Silver Medallion
  • Gold Medallion
  • Platinum Medallion
  • Diamond Medallion

As you move up in status, you'll gain access to greater benefits and also earn SkyMiles at a faster rate. Once you achieve a status level, you'll stay at that level until the end of the following year.

How to earn Delta Medallion status

Figuring out how to earn Medallion status with Delta can be confusing. First of all, you'll need to decipher the meaning of various terms, such as MQMs, MQDs and MQSs. The airline doesn't measure your status by one metric, either. You'll earn Delta Medallion status through a combination of flying and spending. This can make earning status tricky for members who tend to fly on the cheapest flights, although it's possible to skirt this requirement with an MQD waiver.

What's more, the rules on how you earn MQMs, MQDs and MQSs only apply to Delta-operated flights — flight numbers that start with the code "DL." On partner airlines, these metrics will be calculated differently. Delta has the metrics for each partner airline posted here. So let's dive into the requirements for Delta Medallion status, what they mean and how to meet them.

MQDs, MQMs and MQSs and the MQD waiver explained

Before we jump into the requirements for achieving each Medallion status level, we'll need to define its lingo.

MQMs: Medallion Qualifying Miles

MQMs are different from the SkyMiles you earn, which are used for award travel. MQMs are used solely to determine your status, and you'll earn them through a combination of miles flown and the fare class on each flight you take. Every flight accumulates a base number of MQMs based on distance flown, but you can also earn bonus MQMs when you book a higher-fare class.

  • Full-fare first and business class tickets earn a 100% MQM bonus.
  • Discounted first, business, Delta Premium Select and premium main cabin tickets earn a 50% MQM bonus.
  • Purchased upgrades earn an MQM bonus based on the class of service.

MQSs: Medallion Qualifying Segments

MQSs represent the number of flights you take with Delta, counted as segments. In other words, if you have a round-trip flight to Tokyo that connects in Los Angeles, you'll earn four MQSs total: one for your flight to Los Angeles, one for your flight to Tokyo and two more on the way back.

MQDs: Medallion Qualifying Dollars

MQDs represent your spending on Delta. You'll earn one MQD for every dollar spent on Delta flights. You'll get MQDs for your base fare, but not for government taxes and fees. So, if you purchase a flight with a base fare of $500 and a total cost of $550 after government taxes and fees, you'll earn 500 MQDs.

On partner flights, your MQDs are based on the miles you earn for the flight. The MQDs you earn will be calculated as one-fifth of the redeemable miles earned on the flight. For example, if you earn 5,000 redeemable miles for a partner flight, you'll get 1,000 MQDs, regardless of what you paid for the flight.

MQD waiver: Medallion Qualifying Dollars waiver

Delta also offers the chance to earn a waiver on the MQDs required to reach each status level by spending a certain amount on an eligible Delta co-branded credit card.

  • The MQD requirements to reach Silver, Gold or Platinum Medallion status will be waived if you spend at least $25,000 on select Delta co-branded credit cards during the calendar year.
  • The MQD requirements to reach Diamond Medallion status will be waived if you spend at least $250,000 on select Delta co-branded credit cards during the calendar year.

Requirements for each Delta Medallion status level

Each status level requires that you meet two thresholds: one based on the amount flown (measured by either distance or number of segments) and one based on money spent.

Delta Medallion status levels

How to get Delta Silver Medallion status

  • Fly 25,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 30 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $3,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $25,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

How to get Delta Gold Medallion status

  • Fly 50,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 60 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $6,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $25,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

How to get Delta Platinum Medallion status

  • Fly 75,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 100 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $9,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $25,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

How to get Delta Diamond Medallion status

  • Fly 125,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles or 140 Medallion Qualifying Segments in a calendar year, and
  • Spend $15,000 in Medallion Qualifying Dollars or earn a Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver by spending $250,000 per year on select Delta co-branded credit cards.

Benefits of Delta Medallion status and their value

You'll start enjoying benefits as soon as you achieve Delta Silver Medallion status. As you move up to Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion status, you'll gain access to additional benefits, earn miles faster and save more money.

For the purposes of calculating the value of each benefit, we'll make the following assumptions:

  • Delta SkyMiles are worth 1.5 cents each on average, given that most redemption options will get you 1 to 2 cents per mile.
  • You fly and spend just enough to achieve a given status level, but no more. For example, for Silver Medallion, we assume you earned 25,000 MQMs and $3,000 in MQDs.
  • You meet the MQD threshold rather than earning an MQD waiver.

Medallion mileage earn: Worth $90 to $1,350

Without Medallion status, the base rate for earning rewards with Delta is 5 SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: This includes your base fare and carrier surcharges but not government taxes and fees. As a Medallion member, you'll earn SkyMiles at a higher rate.

Silver
Gold
Platinum
Diamond
Skymiles earned per dollar spent on Delta flights78911
Value added per year$90$270$540$1,350

Choice benefits: Worth $300 to $2,125

Platinum and Diamond Medallion members get to select additional choice benefits each year. Platinum members can select one benefit from a list, while Diamond members can select three from a longer list of options. As a Diamond member, you'll effectively get four choice benefits, as you'll get to choose one when you hit Platinum and another three when you hit Diamond.

It's difficult to place a value on status gifting, so that option is left out of the valuation. It's also hard to place a specific value on regional and global upgrade certificates. However, global upgrade certificates are particularly valuable because they allow you to potentially upgrade to first class on long-haul flights, and the price difference between economy and first class on these flights is usually thousands of dollars. Because of that, we'll value that benefit at a modest $1,000.

Platinum Medallion

Choose one
Value
Choice of 4 regional upgrade certificates (RUC)Varies
20,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles$300
Gift Silver Medallion statusN/A
$200 Delta travel voucher valid for 12 months or $200 Tiffany & Co. gift card$200

Diamond Medallion

Choose three
Value
Choice of 4 global upgrade certificates (GUC), 8 regional, or 2 global and 4 regional$1,000
25,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles$375
Gift Gold Medallion statusN/A
$200 Delta travel voucher valid for 12 months or $200 Tiffany & CO. gift card$200
Delta Sky Club individual membership$545
Delta Sky Club executive membership (this requires 2 choice benefits or 1 choice benefit if you're upgrading from an existing individual membership)$300

The only way to get Delta Sky Club membership via status is by choosing it as one of your Diamond Medallion choice benefits. You can choose an individual membership, which gets you unlimited complimentary airport lounge access at all Delta Sky Club lounges and up to two guests at a discounted rate of $39 per guest. The membership normally costs $545, while The Platinum Card® from American Express has a $695 annual fee and offers complimentary SkyClub lounge access, so signing up for the credit card could make sense. The executive membership costs $845, but since you can only get it with one choice benefit as an upgrade from a current individual membership, (if you, for example, already have a Sky Club membership through a credit card), we'll value it at $300.

The value of the Diamond Medallion choice benefit comes out to $2,125 assuming you select bonus miles when you hit Platinum, then select bonus miles, the Delta Sky Club individual membership and the four global upgrade certificates when you hit Diamond status.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

Complimentary upgrades: Worth $200 to $1,800

All Medallion members are eligible for unlimited upgrades for themselves and one companion to first class and Comfort+ on all flights and Delta One on flights within the U.S., as well as complimentary preferred seats. The difference lies in the priority each Medallion level is given for upgrades and how soon before your flight Delta can actually confirm your complimentary upgrade.

Diamond Medallion members are given first priority for complimentary upgrades, followed by Platinum, Gold and finally Silver members. Within each level, members are prioritized based on fare class; paid tickets get first priority, followed by award tickets and Pay with Miles tickets.

Complimentary upgrades are cleared according to the table below.

Silver
Gold
Platinum
Diamond
Delta One upgrades within the U.S.Day of departureDay of departureDay of departureDay of departure
First class upgrades24 hours before departure72 hours before departure120 hours before departure120 hours before departure
Comfort+ upgrades24 hours before departure72 hours before departureShortly after ticketingShortly after ticketing

The value of this benefit is subjective and depends on how often you get upgraded, which in turn depends largely on the routes and times you usually fly. In general, Silver Medallion members get sporadic Comfort+ upgrades, but it's very difficult to get any first class upgrades. Gold Medallion members fare only slightly better, maybe getting a couple of first class upgrades per year. Platinum Medallion and especially Diamond Medallion can expect regular upgrades. Given this, we value Silver upgrades at $200, Gold at $600, Platinum at $1,200 and Diamond at $1,800.

Complimentary preferred seats: Worth $25 to $100

Medallion members get to select preferred seats for free when choosing their seat assignments; these can include bulkhead, aisle, window and exit row seats. Non-Medallion members must pay to book these seats. Prices for these preferred seats start at $9, but increase significantly on longer flights. We give this perk a value of $25 for Silver members, $50 for Gold members, $75 for Platinum members and $100 for Diamond members.

Fee waivers: Worth $150 to $1,450

One of the most straightforward ways in which Medallion members save money is through fee waivers. As you move up to higher status levels, you'll get more fees waived.

Delta status benefits chart

Waived baggage fees: Worth $150 to $400

All Medallion members get free checked bags for themselves and up to eight companions traveling on their reservation. Delta already offers a free checked bag on most long-haul flights, but on domestic flights and flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, you'll have to pay $30 each way if you aren't booked in first class. However, you can also get a free checked bag by opening any of the Delta co-branded credit cards — so if you already have one of those, this perk isn't adding extra value. Assuming you only check a bag occasionally and go on one family trip per year, we'll value this perk at $150 for Silver, $300 for Gold, $350 for Platinum and $400 for Diamond.

Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: Worth $300 to $600

If you find yourself making last-minute changes to your flight, this perk can be very valuable. Delta charges a $75 fee for changing your flight within 24 hours of departure, but this fee is waived for Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. This can come in handy if you're trying to get on an earlier flight to avoid weather delays, if you show up to the airport a few hours early or if you're stuck in traffic about to miss your flight. It depends on availability within your fare class. However, if there's no availability on the flight you want, you can wait for a seat on another flight in standby, which is also free for Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members.

We'll assume Gold members use this benefit four times per year ($300), Platinum six times ($450) and Diamond eight times ($600). Note that this waiver can't be used on basic economy tickets.

Waived award redeposit/reissue fee for Platinum and Diamond Medallion: Worth $300 to $450

If you want to cancel or change an award booking, you'll need to pay $150 to have the miles either redeposited into your account or reissued for a different flight. This fee is waived for Platinum and Diamond members. We'll give this a value of $300 for Platinum and $450 for Diamond. Note that this waiver can't be used on basic economy tickets.

Sky Priority and airport benefits: Worth $25 to $250

All Medallion members enjoy priority check-in line and priority boarding, but Silver Medallion members get this perk with the lowest priority, on par with cardholders of any Delta co-branded credit card. Gold, Platinum and Diamond members get Sky Priority, a step above in priority when it comes to both check-in and boarding. Members also get access to priority security lines at select airports and expedited baggage service, making their overall travel experience faster and more efficient.

In addition, Diamond members get a complimentary Clear membership. However, since Clear is only available in about 60 locations nationwide with no international locations, this membership isn't very valuable.

These airport benefits are minimal for Silver Medallion members, so we'll value them at $25. On the other hand, we value these benefits at $150 for Gold and $200 for Platinum, as they get to take advantage of this perk more often. We'll add $50 for Diamond members because of the Clear membership, for a total of $250 in value.

Customer service benefits: Worth $40 to $240

Delta phone line benefits

All Medallion members get access to a dedicated customer service phone line, but each member is given priority based on their Medallion status, with Diamond members getting their own VIP line. Without Medallion status, calling Delta's customer service line often means being put on hold for up to an hour during busy times. Meanwhile, Platinum and Diamond members rarely have to wait more than a couple of minutes, if at all.

This benefit becomes extremely valuable when Delta is experiencing significant delays and you're trying to get rebooked at the same time as hundreds of other flyers. Being prioritized by customer service could mean getting on the next flight when a flight is canceled, while non-elite flyers are stuck in the airport for a night. We value this perk at $40 for Silver, $80 for Gold, $160 for Platinum and $240 for Diamond.

SkyTeam benefits: Worth $25 to $125

Medallion members who fly on Delta's SkyTeam partner airlines will get priority status with them, too. Silver members get Elite status, while Gold, Platinum and Diamond members get Elite Plus status, which gets them priority baggage handling and access to the SkyTeam lounge. Given that most travelers won't take advantage of this benefit often, if at all, we value it at $25 for Silver, $75 for Gold, $100 for Platinum and $125 for Diamond.

Hertz rental car benefits: Worth $25 to $40

Hertz rental car benefits

Delta Medallion members also enjoy elevated status with the Hertz loyalty program (available for Gold, Platinum and Diamond) and can earn extra miles each time they rent a car with Hertz. Silver and Gold members get 1,000 miles per rental, while Platinum and Diamond members get 1,250 miles per rental. Plenty of travelers won't take advantage of this perk, either, because they don't rent cars often or prefer to rent elsewhere. We'll value it at $25 for Silver and Gold and $40 for Platinum and Diamond.

Delta Vacations benefits: Worth $15

All Medallion members receive savings ranging from $50 to $300 on Delta Vacations packages. However, you'll have to spend at least $1,250 to get $50 back and at least $7,000 to get $350 back — in other words, the discount is very minimal. Most members won't take advantage of this because they won't book a Delta Vacations package, so we'll value this at $15 for all members.

How much is Delta Medallion status worth?

Now that we've valued each benefit, it's time to figure out how much Medallion status is worth at each level.

Delta Silver Medallion status value: $595

  • Earn seven SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $90
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $200
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $25
  • Waived baggage fees: $150
  • Priority check-in and boarding: $25
  • Dedicated phone line, priority service: $40
  • SkyTeam benefits: $25
  • Hertz benefits: $25
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Delta Gold Medallion status value: $1,865

  • Earn eight SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $270
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $600
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $50
  • Waived baggage fees: $300
  • Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: $300
  • Sky Priority check-in, boarding, priority security line and expedited baggage: $150
  • Dedicated phone line, high-priority service: $80
  • SkyTeam benefits: $75
  • Hertz benefits: $25
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Delta Platinum Medallion status value: $3,730

  • Earn nine SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $540
  • Platinum choice benefit: $300
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $1,200
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $75
  • Waived baggage fees: $350
  • Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: $450
  • Waived award redeposit/reissue fee: $300
  • Sky Priority check-in, boarding, priority security line and expedited baggage: $200
  • Dedicated phone line, high-priority service: $160
  • SkyTeam benefits: $100
  • Hertz benefits: $40
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Delta Diamond Medallion status value: $7,495

  • Earn 11 SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights: $1,350
  • Platinum choice benefit: $300
  • Diamond choice benefits (three): $1,825
  • Unlimited complimentary upgrades: $1,800
  • Complimentary preferred seats: $100
  • Waived baggage fees: $400
  • Waived same-day confirmed and same-day standby fees: $600
  • Waived award redeposit/reissue fee: $450
  • Sky Priority check-in, boarding, priority security line and expedited baggage: $250
  • Dedicated phone line, high-priority service: $240
  • SkyTeam benefits: $125
  • Hertz benefits: $40
  • Delta Vacations benefits: $15

Credit cards that help you get Delta Medallion status

There are seven co-branded Delta American Express credit cards three of which are business credit cards. Notably, of those seven, only the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card are considered eligible for the MQD waiver.

Earning an MQD waiver exempts you from having to meet the MQD requirement for any given status level. Remember, you can earn an MQD waiver for Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion status by spending $25,000 in a year. For Diamond Medallion status, the threshold is $250,000 in a year. Top-tier Delta credit cards also come with the chance to earn Medallion Qualifying Miles, bringing you even closer to the next status level.

However, you may be able to contribute towards the required spend for an MQD waiver with purchases on any of the remaining cards, if you also have an eligible Delta SkyMiles credit card and both cards are linked to the same SkyMiles® account. This is an incentive to hold more than one credit card.

Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card

$0

15.74%-24.74% Variable

Excellent

  • Earn 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • No Annual Fee.
  • Earn 2X Miles per dollar at restaurants, now worldwide.
  • Earn 2X Miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases.
  • Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
  • Terms Apply.

The Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card won't help you get any closer to Medallion status, as it doesn't offer an MQD waiver or bonus MQMs. It's free (with a $0 annual fee), though, so if you're not willing to pay an annual fee or don't fly Delta often but want to boost your SkyMiles balance, this card is an option.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card, please click here.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.

15.74%-24.74% Variable

Excellent/Good

  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Earn 2X Miles on Delta purchases, at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • $100 Delta Flight Credit: After you spend $10,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, receive a Credit to use toward future travel.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $99.
  • Terms Apply.

Like the Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card, the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card doesn't offer an MQD waiver or bonus MQMs. The annual fee is reasonable — $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99. And, it does offer other good benefits, including the chance to earn bonus miles on U.S. supermarket purchases and restaurant purchases worldwide.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, please click here.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

$250

15.74%-24.74% Variable

Excellent/Good

  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening , then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.*Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.  
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.

In addition to the MQD waiver, the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card also offers the opportunity to earn 10,000 MQMs per year if you spend enough. The annual fee is high ($250), but the companion certificate makes up for it if that's something you would use.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, please click here.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

$550

15.74%-24.74% Variable

Excellent/Good

  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 80,000 Bonus Miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Complimentary access into the Delta SkyClubs® for you when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • Enjoy complimentary access to The Centurion® Lounge when you book your Delta flight with your Reserve Card.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases.
  • Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.

The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card also grants an MQD waiver, plus the potential to earn bonus MQMs during your first year if you can put a lot of spending on the card: Limited Time Offer: Earn 80,000 Bonus Miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021. That's almost enough to get you to Gold Medallion without even flying. The card also offers a new Status Boost™ feature: You can earn 15,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, up to four times per year. The first class companion certificate, upgrade priority and Delta Sky Club access more than pay for the steep annual fee ($550), as long as you take advantage of those benefits by flying regularly with Delta.

Delta also has three business credit cards with similar benefits to their personal counterparts: the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, please click here.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

Final thoughts

Delta's Medallion program stands out from other airline loyalty programs in both good and bad ways. The requirements for Medallion status can be confusing, but there are several ways to achieve it, meaning more flyers have a shot at making it.

Once you achieve Medallion status, it's immensely valuable. Gold and Platinum offer excellent money-saving perks, while the jump to Diamond provides some of the best benefits in the industry.

The biggest downside is that SkyMiles are often devalued in comparison to other airline miles due to the fact that Delta doesn't publish an award chart. However, miles never expire, so you can sit on them until you find a good redemption.

Overall, the Delta Medallion program is easily one of the best airline loyalty programs.

The information related to the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card has been independently collected by ValuePenguin and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication.

Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

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