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What is Delta Platinum Medallion Status?

Delta Platinum is the second highest tier in SkyMiles Medallion Program. It introduces a wealth of benefits to the Delta passengers, belonging to this status. There is a significant increase in perks which a Delta Platinum member enjoys over the lower Gold or Silver level members.

You get unlimited complimentary upgrades, a selection of choice benefits, and a lot more.

To be a Delta Platinum Member, you must fly 75,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles and spend $9,000 Medallion Qualifying Dollars.

Instead of flying 75,000 miles, you would be still eligible for being a Delta Platinum Member if you fly 100 Medallion Qualifying Segments. 

The Medallion Qualifying Segments are the number of takeoffs and landings, you complete. This means that if vyou take a flight from Miami to Atlanta to Chicago, it would mean 2 segments.

Platinum Medallion Benefits

Delta's Platinum Medallion is the second highest status in the SkyMiles Medallion Program.

This status introduces to the traveler a remarkable increase in perks over the Gold Medallion, Silver Medallion, or General SkyMiles Membership.

  1. Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades

As a Delta Platinum Medallion member, you get to receive an unlimited seat upgrades within the U.S. and on some international  routes which include Mexico, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Take a look at the services which are upgradable:

Type of Upgrade

Due time for upgrade to clear

Unlimited Complimentary U.S. 50 Delta One Upgrades.

On the day of departure

Unlimited complimentary first class upgrades.

Begins 5 days (120 hours) prior to departure.

Unlimited Complimentary  Delta Comfort+ Upgrades.

Shortly after ticketing

Unlimited Complimentary U.S. 50 Delta One, First Class, and Delta Comfort+  upgrades for a companion.


Unlimited Complimentary Class Premier Upgrades on select Aeromexico Delta- operated flights.

Begins 5 days (120 hours) prior to departure.

Complimentary Preferred Seats


However, if only limited  upgrades are available your upgrade will be decided on the following factors:

  • If you are a higher Medallion Member, you will get upgrade before gold and silver tiers.
  • If 2 Delta Platinums have different ticket fare classes, a Platinum member with the higher fare class will get a seat upgrade first.
  • A Platinum Medallion member who has Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card Delta will get a priority for a seat upgrade first.
  • If the platinum members are to be compared, those who are Delta Corporate Travelers will get priority upgrade.
  • The person who has spent over $25,000 on a Delta co-branded American Express Card, will get preference over those who haven’t spent that kind of amount.
  • If two be compared between the two Delta Platinum Members, upgrade would be given to the person who has requested an upgrade earlier (as per the date and time).
  1. Earn More Miles

On being a Delta Platinum, you get to earn 9 miles for every dollar that you spent. This suggests that spending $9,000 would convert into 81,000 miles annually. Besides, you get an unlimited amount of rollover Elite Qualifying Miles.

  1. Waived Change Fees For Award Travel

As a Delta Platinum, one of the biggest advantages is that you can claim you miles back from a canceled award ticket with no charge. This would enable you to speculatively book award tickets for travel you want to do, but in case you fail to do it, you can cancel the ticket.

  1. Waived Baggage Fees

Normally, Delta charges $30 for the first checked bag – however, on being a Delta Platinum Medallion Member, you get your first baggage fees waived and along with it for your 8 other companions. It is a biggest advantage if you have booked Delta Group Travel , helping you to save a few dollars.

  1. Waived Same-Day Confirmed Fees

You can use a same-day confirmed option for a flight travel with no additional charge.

You can book an earlier flight using this benefit at an absolute  free cost which would normally cost you $75. However, this is only possible when the same fare class or the lower fare class is available on the new flight you want to move to.

Also note that you cannot change to non-stop flights which are much expensive than the connecting ones.

  1. Waived Same-Day Standby Fees

As a Platinum Medallion Member, you can claim standby without paying extra for it. For instance, if you want to move to a particular flight and your specific fare class isn’t available, standby lets you list onto the flight. Note that you are not confirmed on a new flight, but you are put on a waiting list to see if a seat opens.

The wait list is also processed in Elite order the platinum would be given preference only after the Delta Diamond Medallions are placed first.

  1. Sky Priority

As a Platinum Medallion Member, you will get priority over other travelers while check-in, luggage check-in, speaking with the agent, access to security check and lines. Especially on the major airports, you will be able to access the screening process faster.

Your bag will be allotted a priority sticker, enabling it to come out to the luggage carousel in the first set of bags.  

You also receive Sky Priority Boarding, i.e. before all economy class passengers.

  1. Receive CLEAR for $109 annually

Having CLEAR Membership enables you to have your ID inspected at the earliest, without having you to wait in the line. CLEAR uses biometric technology – your fingerprints/ Iris and boarding pass are scanned, allowing  you to proceed directly into the security process by walking through the metal detector. 

As a Platinum Medallion Member, you get CLEAR membership at $109 annually which is $70 savings off of the traditional retail price.

  1. Dedicated Phone Line

Being a Plantinum Medallion member means that you get VIP level service (fast service) throughout your travel.  This begins with the dedicated Delta Platinum Medallion phone number where you can dial in and get connected to Delta's reservations agents faster than Gold, Silver, or general SkyMiles members.  Thus, in matter of  any concern or problem, you will be able to get it resolved quickly.

  1. SkyTeam Elite Plus Status

As a Platinum Medallion Member, you fall into the category of SkyTeam Elite Plus Status. Thus, you are introduced to the following benefits:

  • On sold-out flights, you receive a full fare economy seat at least 24 hours before departure.
  • You can access all SkyTeam Partner Airline Lounges. You are even allowed one companion with you.
  • On the basis of the airline you are traveling with, you can check extra bags at absolutely no charge.
  1. Hertz Status

In case you need to rent a car, being a Platinum Medallion, you get President's Circle Status which is one of the highest tiers within the Hertz Rewards Program, enabling you the widest selection of cars, free additional drivers, and complimentary  upgrades.

Table chart to explain the benefits of President's Circle Status:


President's Circle


20 rentals or $4,000

Earning Points

$1= 1.5 points



Ultimate choice

Widest Selection

Free CLEAR Airport Trial

4 months

Reward Redemptions

Additional exclusive benefits and rewards

Transfer Points to Select Traveler Partners


Dedicated Hertz Rewards Line


Free Additional Driver


  1. Savings on Delta Vacations

Being a Delta Platinum  Member, you can save up to $300, depending on the amount of money you are willing to spend on your Delta Vacations:

Vacations Value








$7000 or more


  1. Reclaim My Status

Delta gives you an chance to reclaim your status, if you lose it by chance on not being able to travel by Delta Airlines for a while. They give you a challenge to help you reclaim your status:  To reclaim your Platinum Medallion Status, you would need to fly 18,750 Medallion Qualification Miles in 3 months or 25 Medallion Qualification Segments.

If you have any query regarding any of these Platinum Medallion Perks, and you are already belong to this Medallion status, you can call on Delta Platinum Phone Number.

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