Match AA EXP to DL DM?

Old Jan 4, 18, 6:52 pm
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Match AA EXP to DL DM?

Currently, iím AA EXP and flew 150K EQMs last year and Iím somewhat curious about flying some more on DL. Iíve heard DL occasionally match EXP to DM? If so, Iíd be curious about trying DM.

Last year, I ended up with 18K EQDs, so 15K MQDs shouldnít be a big deal. The majority of my flights are through a corp travel agency that I use for personal travel too, so I end up getting most of my Dollars formula based. Iíd have DL SkyClub access via Amex Plat, and Iím based in LAX and fly frequently to HKG (so thatíd be most likely flying via China Airlines through TPE in paid J or PEY). Other routes I like to do are LAX-BOS and LAX-AUS which DL seems to offer as well.

Howís the experience with DL? So far on AA, I havenít had too many issues, just 5 delayed flights last year (2 weather, 2 medical, 1 mechanical), plenty of upgrades, and some crappy lounge situations due to renovations (which I suppose everyone is having). Are DL GUCs and RUCs easy to use on routes like SEA-HKG or LAX-PVG? Does DL give any ďextra creditĒ GUCs like AA and UA do?

I did sign up for a DL account as a place to deposit some orphan miles for when I need to fly China Southern/Eastern for when I am flying domestic within China every now and then. Thinking about taking it further?
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Old Jan 4, 18, 7:50 pm
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Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t think they do matches any longer, just challenges. Also, I don’t think they will challenge to Diamond, only up to Platinum. You will likely be disappointed using GUC’s as they are difficult to use in Asia. A lot of airport upgrades in a many instances. Delta protects their premium product to maximize profits and keep it a bit more exclusive. No extra credit GUC’s
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Old Jan 4, 18, 9:19 pm
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Delta doesn't status match to Diamond; Platinum is the top status-match tier.. This page should have all the relevant info: https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...challenge.html
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:59 am
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If your most common route is LAX-HKG, and your AA experience hasn't been *too* bad, why ditch oneworld for SkyTeam? DL is nicer domestically, but not worth the extra connection when going to HKG IMO (note that CI earns MQMs at a substantially reduced rate).
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Old Jan 5, 18, 6:02 am
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Originally Posted by taxicabnumber View Post
If your most common route is LAX-HKG, and your AA experience hasn't been *too* bad, why ditch oneworld for SkyTeam? DL is nicer domestically, but not worth the extra connection when going to HKG IMO (note that CI earns MQMs at a substantially reduced rate).
CI on J or PE fares will earn 100% MQM and 20% of distance flown for MQD

https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...-partners.html

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Old Jan 5, 18, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by callaweii View Post


CI on J or PE fares will earn 100% MQM and 20% of distance flown for MQD

https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...-partners.html
yeah, Iíd lose the 150% or 200% EQM rate Iíd get for flying paid J or PE on AA/CX, but since CI J fares are quite cheap, I may not care as much for status since Iíd be flying paid J. Coincidentally, the 20% MQD rate is similar to the EQD rate I get for AA discount J and PEY on AA/CX.
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