Delta Platinum members get one ‘choice benefit’ and Diamonds get two.
For instance, a Platinum member might choose 4 confirmed regional upgrades or 20,000 bonus miles or to gift someone Silver status.
A Diamond member might choose 4 confirmed international upgrades valid on any fare, a benefit the airline introduced three years ago. Indeed, now that American Airlines has reduced the number of confirmed international upgrades given upon reaching top tier to 4 and tightened up availability Delta is even with American offering international upgrades to top elites.
But Delta Diamonds also get a second choice. They can gift Gold status to someone or take 20,000 bonus miles or a $200 Delta credit for instance.
Delta Diamond elites receive a complimentary SkyClub membership upon reaching tier status. That’s something neither American nor United offer (but lounge access is common for mid-tier elites all over the world, regardless of itinerary).
- It’s an ‘individual’ membership, which means guests come at a fee.
- Many Diamonds get access anyway either with a premium co-brand credit card (especially since having one is an upgrade tie-breaker) or a Platinum American Express card.
- They can choose to ‘upgrade’ their SkyClub membership to a ‘full’ or ‘executive’ membership that lets them guest someone in free as one of their choice benefits, in lieu of bonus miles or gifting status.
Delta SkyClub Seattle, credit: Delta Air Lines
Rene’s Points is reporting that Delta will be changing Choice benefits for Diamond members who qualify for 2018 status.
- They will no longer automatically receive SkyClub membership
- However it will be a ‘Choice’ benefit
- And they will receive 3 choices instead of 2
If Delta’s change is as-described this is a win for top elites, who no longer duplicate a benefit they receive as a co-brand cardholder. If they have a card that gets them lounge access anyway, they effectively get another free Choice. And that’s worth at least 20,000 points or $200.