It's Good to be Gold...

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Old Nov 1, 18, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Daitheflu84 View Post
That's true; definitely a nice benefit. I'll probably hit the Platinum MQM requirement this year but will fall short of spend by about $1500-2000.
Remember the ability to earn MQD as a % of mileage flown on KL/AF/MU/KE/VA/VS tickets. Only 10% of distance on discounted coach, but 40% on business classes. JFK-Europe if you can find a good business class fare KL or AF (or the other big partners) marketed would get you $2800 MQDs.
Check out the Premium Fare Deals forum.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by apodo77 View Post
Also guess only Golds get drink vouchers. Just hit Diamond for 2019 and nary a drink voucher for me.
Each year I've had drink vouchers pop into my account. I hardly every use them though as I'm usually in C+ or F where it's complimentary anyway.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by apodo77 View Post
Discomfort +? Seems the routes I fly they are squeezed in there with large passengers in C+. Even when the back of the plane is not full and could be in a row with an empty midle.

Also guess only Golds get drink vouchers. Just hit Diamond for 2019 and nary a drink voucher for me.
You should get drink vouchers for every level Gold and above
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Old Nov 1, 18, 9:43 pm
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Yeah, I've liked being Gold too. I can't see that Platinum is that much better. It seems like there's a big jump from Silver to Gold, and the next big jump in benefits isn't until Diamond. The lounge access on international Y flights is awesome. (Being based in ATL, upgrades are non-existent for me, but I love the access to preferred seating--even in Basic Economy!)
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Old Nov 1, 18, 10:37 pm
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Originally Posted by daloosh View Post
NYC metro, so LGA/JFK/EWR. I think I upgraded twice this year without a RUC between JFK and SEA, that was nice! But lots of DMs here, sadly.
Iím surprised to hear that... Also JFK-based and my overall upgrade percentage this year is 46% and I started the year out as an FO. I think it really just depends on where/when you fly.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 10:41 pm
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Originally Posted by loratliff View Post


Iím surprised to hear that... Also JFK-based and my overall upgrade percentage this year is 46% and I started the year out as an FO. I think it really just depends on where/when you fly.
That's for sure! It definitely depends on where/ when you fly
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Old Nov 2, 18, 1:44 am
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Congrats!
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Old Nov 2, 18, 5:01 am
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Originally Posted by MarkP24 View Post
You should get drink vouchers for every level Gold and above
Oh I know. I even emailed DL and was told that is no longer a benefit and I may get them in my renewal packet (response from the Diamond Desk per the email signature).
Twitter was a fail also.
i just gave up after that.
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Old Nov 2, 18, 12:53 pm
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Good Choice on Staying with Delta. There are many more benefits that I have encountered especially when travelling overseas and when scheduling hiccups or IRROPS occur. You would be surprised how much it can help even to have a bit of status with an airline. Get familiar with the routes that are difficult to upgrade on (hubs, major connections, large cities) and plan accordingly. Consider the Amex Reserve card for the companion certificate and use the Same Day Confirmed and Same Day Stand By rules and fee waivers to your advantage. And remember that all though MQMs reset every year, your skymiles do not expire.

Enjoy and travel and dont be afraid to call the gold medallion line with any questions. Also, get used to the term HUCB (hang up call back) if you dont get the answer you were hoping for or believe to be incorrect.

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Old Nov 2, 18, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by uppereastsider View Post
Highly route and date dependent in NYC. I am a PM based in NYC, mostly flying out of LGA on mid week hops to Chicago, Florida, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and I'm at an 85% upgrade rate (check out my posts in the upgrade forum). My last 4 flights had upgrades at the 5 day window

I've even had a bunch of gate LGA-ATL upgrades, but I've missed (with a RUC) several transcons including JFK-SEA and JFK-SAN in lie flats.
That's awesome! This year for me has been more TCON or other rather westerly travel from JFK, and upgrades have generally eluded me, even with RUCs, and at all sorts of different days/times.
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Old Nov 2, 18, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by apodo77 View Post

Oh I know. I even emailed DL and was told that is no longer a benefit and I may get them in my renewal packet (response from the Diamond Desk per the email signature).
Twitter was a fail also.
i just gave up after that.
I'm sorry!
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Old Nov 2, 18, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by daloosh View Post
That's awesome! This year for me has been more TCON or other rather westerly travel from JFK, and upgrades have generally eluded me, even with RUCs, and at all sorts of different days/times.
Same here
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Old Nov 4, 18, 11:03 am
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I was Gold for 5 months this year on my way to PM. I ended up with an upgrade percentage of 53.57% (15/28) compared to 34.78% (8/23) in 2017 (and 0.00% (0/2) as a FO in 2018) and 40.00% (4/10) in 2016 when I was FO. I also only missed C+ on one flight. I felt that the access to free SDC was a nice perk as was the better recognition and treatment by SC agents, gate agents and phone agents when I needed help. Sky boarding on single class planes was nice too. It's definitely a better level of service. Most of the airlines seem to feel that elite tiers really start at the Gold level and that the Silver level is essentially Credit Card+.
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Old Nov 4, 18, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
I was Gold for 5 months this year on my way to PM. I ended up with an upgrade percentage of 53.57% (15/28) compared to 34.78% (8/23) in 2017 (and 0.00% (0/2) as a FO in 2018) and 40.00% (4/10) in 2016 when I was FO. I also only missed C+ on one flight. I felt that the access to free SDC was a nice perk as was the better recognition and treatment by SC agents, gate agents and phone agents when I needed help. Sky boarding on single class planes was nice too. It's definitely a better level of service. Most of the airlines seem to feel that elite tiers really start at the Gold level and that the Silver level is essentially Credit Card+.
As I should reach Diamond this year (currently PM), I'm debating gifting Gold to my wife who flies infrequently (say 4- 8 flights annually) primarily due to the C+ benefit and somewhat due to upgrades. Your upgrade percentages are helpful!
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Old Nov 4, 18, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
I was Gold for 5 months this year on my way to PM. I ended up with an upgrade percentage of 53.57% (15/28) compared to 34.78% (8/23) in 2017 (and 0.00% (0/2) as a FO in 2018) and 40.00% (4/10) in 2016 when I was FO. I also only missed C+ on one flight. I felt that the access to free SDC was a nice perk as was the better recognition and treatment by SC agents, gate agents and phone agents when I needed help. Sky boarding on single class planes was nice too. It's definitely a better level of service. Most of the airlines seem to feel that elite tiers really start at the Gold level and that the Silver level is essentially Credit Card+.
Thanks, this is great info. What is your home airport? 35% FC upgrade percentage for FO is pretty good; I was just just under 25% before hitting GM last week.
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