I then found out that Delta offered a status match with challenge. Luckily, thanks to my Marriott status, I also had United Silver. I utilized this status to Match to Delta Silver.
I had 90 days to:
Earn 6,500 Medallion Qualifying miles (MQM) or 8 segments
& spend $750 Medallion qualifying dollars (MQD)
CLICK HERE for more info on Delta Status match and challenge
The great thing about the spend is that cash didn’t actually have to come out of my pocket. I could use my Chase Ultimate rewards points and the portal which spend at 1.5 times the value. Technically if I had wanted to use all points, then 50,000 Chase UR would get me the $750. I didn’t completely do that but did scatter in some Chase points here and there. I just value the chase points more and like to spread out my usage on them.
The best part about my challenge is the ability to receive upgrades to comfort or first class. I didn’t expect much as only silver, but I also was flying some reroutes that I didn’t think would be as popular with some Delta elites potentially.
In the end I was upgraded on 5 out of my 7 flights. 3 first class upgrades and 2 comfort plus upgrades. The only flights I didn’t get upgraded on was SEA-PHX (Seattle to Phoenix).
Here was my breakdown:
SEA-SAN First class
SAN-LAX-SEA Comfort +
SEA-SAN First Class
SAN-SEA First Class
SEA-LAX Comfort +
SEA-PHX None, but got extra row with status
PHX-SEA None, but got extra row with status
I also took advantage of planning ahead using google flights to find some great ratees. I got most of my San Diego rates in the $85 each way range. Even doing Phoenix last minute was only $115.
My final takeaway was that Delta is an excellent airline and I enjoyed each flight for different reasons. Great friendly staff with excellent customer service. I certainly will be looking to Delta first, especially as I enjoy my new status with them.