ICYMI: Delta Airlines Announced Updated Coronavirus Measures

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Delta Airlines, much like all other companies in the travel sector, has been hit hard as travel has been greatly reduced due to COVID-19. The company has reported taking a revenue loss of nearly 60 million dollars per day. I posted my thoughts of the airline’s initial Coronavirus Response, which were not positive. Since that time, the airline has made strides to better serve its passengers in the short and long term.

Here are the updates:

Social Distancing Measures

Protecting customers 

Starting April 13 through May 31, the following temporary changes will go into effect:

  • Blocking middle seats in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select across all flights. When booking your future seat selection via the Fly Delta App or online, middle seats will be shown as unavailable.
  • Reducing the number of customers on each flight.
  • Pausing automatic, advance Medallion Complimentary Upgrades. These will now be processed at the gate – still in priority order – to allow gate agents to determine how to best seat customers while considering social distancing and aircraft weight and balance restrictions.
  • Customers who want to practice social distancing can explore options via the Fly Delta App or at delta.com. Customers who prefer to be seated directly next to travel companions and family members or needing additional assistance should contact Reservations ahead of travel or talk to a Delta agent upon arriving at the gate.
  • Boarding customers 10 at a time, reminding them to add extra space as they board, and working with customers to find a new seat within their cabin if needed and as space allows.
  • Extending the ability to plan, re-book and travel with us for up to two years.

Extending Medallion, Sky Club, and Credit Card Statuses

(All updates will happen automatically)

Medallion Members:

  • All Medallion Status for 2020 will be automatically extended for the 2021 Medallion Year.
  • All Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) from 2020 are being rolled over to 2021 to qualify for 2022 Medallion Status.
  • Delta Sky Club Individual and Executive memberships with an expiration of March 1, 2020, or later will receive six additional months of Delta Sky Club access beyond their expiration date.
Delta Sky Club Atlanta
Delta Sky Club Atlanta

Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members:

If you have one of the following in your SkyMiles profile “My Wallet” that is valid now or has expired since March 1, 2020, we are extending the expiration dates to give you additional time to enjoy your benefits:

  • Delta SkyMiles Gold Card Members with a $100 Delta flight credit will get a six-month extension beyond their current expiration date.
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card Members with Companion Certificates with an original expiration date between March 1 and June 30, 2020, can use them when they book and fly by Dec. 31, 2020, and those that expire between July 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, will receive an additional six months beyond the current expiration date.
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members with Companion Certificates with an original expiration date between March 1 and June 30, 2020, can use them when they book and fly by Dec. 31, 2020, and those that expire between July 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, will receive an additional six months beyond the current expiration date.
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members will also get a six-month extension to use their Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes beyond their current expiration date.

SkyMiles Members:

If you have one of the following in your SkyMiles profile “My Wallet” that is valid now or has expired since March 1, 2020, we are extending the expiration dates to give you additional time to enjoy your benefits:

  • Upgrade Certificates or $200 Travel Vouchers with an original expiration date between March 1 and June 30, 2020, are extended – now, they can be booked and flown by Dec. 31, 2020. And, SkyMiles Members with Upgrade Certificates or $200 Travel Vouchers that expire after June 30, 2020, will receive an additional six months beyond the current expiration date.
  • SkyMiles Select members will receive a six-month extension to the Priority Boarding benefit and any unused drink vouchers

Final Word

In these unprecedented times, it is reassuring to see Delta implement the changes and status extensions. This shows why the carrier is the leader amongst the “Big Three” in just about every aspect of air travel.

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