Doctor medallion upgrades ?

Old Dec 16, 19, 10:33 am
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Doctor medallion upgrades ?

Just curious, wife is an MD and although we are both G/M's and I posses the Reserve card she often gets upgraded before me. Does delta give some kind of secret upgrade hierarchy to MD's ?
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:40 am
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Think you would see a lot more advertising for shady medical degrees on this forum if they did...
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by Nw_Adventure View Post
Just curious, wife is an MD and although we are both G/M's and I posses the Reserve card she often gets upgraded before me. Does delta give some kind of secret upgrade hierarchy to MD's ?
Iíve never indicated to Delta what I do for a living but Iím not aware of, nor would I ever expect, any special privileges. Iíve had a few colleagues that have assisted with passengers falling ill in flight over the years and theyíve received some compensation for their efforts after the fact but I can assure you thereís no secret arrangement between Delta and MDs.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:50 am
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Are these when you are on the same PNR? Some have speculated that it's based on alphabetical order in these cases. What's the first letter of your first names? Otherwise, additional tie-breakers (aside from ones you mention) in order are Fare Class (which comes before Amex Reserve cardholders), Delta Corporate Traveler, Amex MQD Waiver qualification, and date/time of upgrade request (usually time of purchase).

https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles...llion-upgrades
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:52 am
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The Reserve card is the first tie breaker, so same elite level and same fare class (group???) should mean that the Reserve card (our OP) wins.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by Nw_Adventure View Post
Just curious, wife is an MD and although we are both G/M's and I posses the Reserve card she often gets upgraded before me. Does delta give some kind of secret upgrade hierarchy to MD's ?
Are you traveling on the same ticket or different tickets? If different tickets, one difference could be if you're on different fare codes.
Otherwise if you're on the same ticket, you share the priority of the highest member and one person simply has to be displayed above the other on the UG list. My wife and I have both been PMs the past couple years and I have the Reserve (she doesn't) but when we've been on the same ticket, she's usually "ahead" of me on the UG list. If you're on the same ticket though, and there's only 1 seat left, the GA may call you up and ask if you're willing to have one of you upgraded or may go to #3 on the list for the one remaining seat. Depends on the GA and how busy they are (not sure what DL policy states should happen).

Next year Mrs. ATOBTTR drops to FO while I will remain a PM. I wonder how we'll display on the UG list then. If I see her name above mine, I'm gonna call "Shena".
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:55 am
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Iíve never indicated to Delta what I do for a living but Iím not aware of, nor would I ever expect, any special privileges. Iíve had a few colleagues that have assisted with passengers falling ill in flight over the years and theyíve received some compensation for their efforts after the fact but I can assure you thereís no secret arrangement between Delta and MDs.
Its listed in her suffix/name as MD
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by xliioper View Post
Are these when you are on the same PNR? Some have speculated that it's based on alphabetical order in these cases. What's the first letter of your first names? Otherwise, additional tie-breakers (aside from ones you mention) in order are Fare Class (which comes before Amex Reserve cardholders), Delta Corporate Traveler, Amex MQD Waiver qualification, and date/time of upgrade request (usually time of purchase).

https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles...llion-upgrades
Interesting- Her first&last initial/last name does come before mine
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Old Dec 16, 19, 11:24 am
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Isnt this a prefix not a suffix, so PhDs would also be accurate? If so, youd see a lot more PhDs, like myself, adding it to their reservations! Though, if someone is in distress the last person youd want helping is an economist

I have seen preferential treatment in hotels in asia when I listed my husband as DR (also a PhD, not MD). I think it signals social status in some places.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 11:28 am
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Old Dec 16, 19, 11:30 am
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Isnt this a prefix not a suffix, so PhDs would also be accurate? If so, youd see a lot more PhDs, like myself, adding it to their reservations! Though, if someone is in distress the last person youd want helping is an economist

I have seen preferential treatment in hotels in asia when I listed my husband as DR (also a PhD, not MD). I think it signals social status in some places.
Its a suffix-
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Old Dec 16, 19, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Nw_Adventure View Post
Its listed in her suffix/name as MD
Maybe this is a side issue, but MD is not part of a name, it's a designation (credential / certification) - nor is Dr. or PhD (or any of my "letters") and really should not be on her Delta profile, tickets, or REAL ID compliant identification. I guess great for you (her) that she was able to add it to her profile when she joined, but.... it should really not be considered part of the name at all, as it is revocable, can expire, etc.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 12:48 pm
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RN/CPA - Plus a host of other suffix's are available as needed. Why - I have no idea.
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I am a physician and definitely do not get preferential because of it.

For the OP, who buys the tickets? My SO and I have the same status level, etc. When we fly together (on the same fare class), who is listed first on the upgrade list is dependent on who buys the tickets. If I buy the tickets for both of us, I am listed first on the upgrade list, and the reverse is also true. When we buy separately (because we are submitting one ticket for reimbursement for work, etc.), who ever hits the purchase button first is listed first (even if it is a 5 minute difference, provided the fare class is the same). This is also the case with upgrade certificates. Going to Sydney earlier this year, my SO applied GUC to both of our tickets. Even though they came from his wallet, I bought my tickets a few minutes earlier and was upgraded. He was not, unfortunately.

We have tested this dozens of times. We actually select our seats accordingly. For example, if I buy the tickets, I need to assign myself to the middle seat, since if only one of us is upgraded, the other still has the aisle seat.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 12:57 pm
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We have tested this dozens of times. We actually select our seats accordingly. For example, if I buy the tickets, I need to assign myself to the middle seat, since if only one of us is upgraded, the other still has the aisle seat.
Not sure Iím following this bit. What if the isle seat gets upgraded - arenít you stuck in the middle? Wouldnít it better to select window and aisle ?

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