Now that I have your attention, it occurred to me last night that one little thing has been lost in all the buzz about an increase in MQD requirements for the 2016 program year for SkyMiles Medallion status. Delta did something right in this, they gave advance notice of the change. Rather than wait until Christmas Eve, they let us know that the requirements to maintain status in 2016 will be changing come January 1, 2015.
While I’m not particularly bothered by the changes, I know some are. I think a lot of angst about frequent flyer programs in general could be resolved by being transparent and giving advance notice of changes. In this case, Delta did that, and I have plenty of time to adjust strategies for 2016 IF that’s what I want to do. But in reality, this changes very little for me. If I’m only able to manage Gold Medallion in 2016, so be it. At least I know what I’m getting into.
-MJ, October 12, 2014