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As you can see from Delta.com HERE there has come another bundling
enhancement devaluation to hit medallions – especially Silver Medallions.
The basics of this program are, for $199 you get:
- FIRST BAG FREE
- PRIORITY BOARDING
- PREFERRED SEATS
- ECONOMY COMFORT ™
- BONUS MILES
Priority Boarding seems to be in ZONE 1. Thus, ZONE 1 is going to be even more crowded with Silver Medallions and all Delta AMEX card holders boarding at the same time. If this package gains traction I can guarantee you just about all in ZONE 2+ will be forced to gate check their carry-on so plan for that.
Preferred Seats. Talk about a strike at the heart of Silver Medallions! Exit row is one of the biggest perks of that level. They are now competing against those who can BUY the same perks as those who earned it with the airline.
Economy Comfort. Just about the same perks here as a Silver Medallion as well and some similar to a Gold even!
Bonus Miles. Once again, just slightly lower than the 25% a Silver Medallion already earns but does not really affect them other than swelling the pool of Skymiles a bit more.
My take on this is it is a cheap way of getting pseudo-Silver status for a price for ¼ of the year for $199. Is it a good value? It would take you flying 100,000 butt in seat miles to get the 20% bonus Skymiles to offset the fee in full. But getting access to some of the best seats on flights for 3 months for the fee, if you have no status and are going to fly a bunch, could be a good value.
My main gripe is the continued reduction in the value of Silver Medallion benefits as of late and this program is just one more attack on the few good perks you receive from Delta for your loyalty! – René
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