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Any advantage to getting Delta Silver if already Alaska MVPG?

Any advantage to getting Delta Silver if already Alaska MVPG?

Old Sep 30, 14, 10:04 pm
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Any advantage to getting Delta Silver if already Alaska MVPG?

I'm hoping the wise folks on this board can provide me some advice on my situation. I currently have ~43k EQM miles on AS this year and am a MVP. I have the following trips planned:

SEA->PEK->SEA on Delta (business class) -- Late October
SEA->CUN->SEA on AS (coach) -- Late November
SEA->FLL->SEA on AS (coach) -- Late October

The last two flights will get me to MVPG. I don't think I have any chance of MVP75, as I'd need 90,000 as many miles are on partner airlines.

The question I have is whether to earn AS or Delta miles on the SEA->PEK-SEA trip? Currently Delta has a double MQM promotion, so I believe that given a business class ticket I would be able to early Delta Silver with just that one trip? However I'm not sure if that would provide any advantages given them I'll already be an AS MVPG?

As for miles earned, I think it is about a wash. I'd get the double miles from Delta, but since I currently have no status there would be no bonus. With AS I'd get the 50% bonus for MVP and hit MVPG sooner and get the 100% bonus on the next flights from SEA->CUN->SEA.

Any thoughts or insights? I presume I should just stick with putting all my miles on AS?

-Mike
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Old Sep 30, 14, 10:31 pm
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DL Silver benefits over MVPG on DL metal

slightly increased upgrade odds on DL.
domestic economy comfort 50% discount and free at OLCI
I'm not sure what else if any.

BUT

If DL ends up as no longer a partner, MVPG would be meaningless on DL
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Old Oct 1, 14, 8:35 am
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If the bulk of your domestic travel is on Alaska you should go for MVPG.

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Old Oct 1, 14, 1:22 pm
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I'm doing a plat challenge on DL (using my 1K status) because
  • 80% of my AS miles this year have been earned on DL
  • I don't trust the partnership to remain active much longer
  • AS cannot get me where I need to go west to east and vv except for Hawaii.
  • AA is weak in SMF, better in RNO but I don't fly out of there as often, so using them as my preferred AS partner for W-E domestic travel is not realistic.

I would say it depends. If you expect to fly a lot of DL next year it might be worth having. If only for this one trip though, I would bank the miles to AS as the AS miles have >> value than DL miles.
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Old Oct 1, 14, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by mikmort View Post
Currently Delta has a double MQM promotion, so I believe that given a business class ticket I would be able to early Delta Silver with just that one trip?
so DL has double miles promos going on while at the same time touting $ spend status programs as the best things since sliced bread?
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Old Oct 1, 14, 6:13 pm
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DL'15 status has always been tied to miles flown, only the RDM is moving to spend, no?
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Old Oct 1, 14, 6:25 pm
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Originally Posted by crimsona View Post
DL'15 status has always been tied to miles flown, only the RDM is moving to spend, no?
correct, MQ thresholds will be the same as this year based on combined factors of MQ$ and MQM/MQS. RDM earning will be based solely on $$ of fare without any distance component.
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Old Oct 1, 14, 9:21 pm
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Thank you to everyone for your advice.

I'm based out of Seattle and do fly Alaska more than Delta, though the split is fairly even. Let's hope some partnership remains in 2015 and beyond.
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