Before we dive into how to earn status through Delta’s Status Match Challenge, let’s discuss who’s eligible to participate in the challenge.
Who’s Eligible To Participate in Delta’s Status Match Challenge?
First, if you’re not already a member of Delta SkyMiles, you’ll need to join and wait 30 days before you can enroll in the match program. Second, you must be able to present both of the following:
- A valid physical or digital elite membership card or credential with your name on it,
- A statement with your name on it showing your elite status with a qualifying airline and the activity that qualified you to achieve that status.
For the above documents, you can use photos or screenshots as long as they’re clear and include your name and elite status.
Finally, it’s worth noting that you won’t be eligible to participate in the challenge if you’ve received a status match, complimentary status or promotional Medallion status in the past three years (unless you received complimentary elite status through your Million Miler status).
How To Earn Three Months of Complimentary Medallion Status
If you meet the above criteria, it’s easy to get your three-month complimentary status by filling out Delta’s short enrollment form.
You’ll need to provide your personal information, SkyMiles number and status with the other airline. Then upload the supporting documentation and click “Submit.”
Delta says that it could take up to 15 business days to review status match requests, but it’s working through them as quickly as possible. If your request is approved, your three months of complimentary status will start 24 hours after you receive your email confirmation.
How To Extend Your Status Through January 2026
Beyond the three months of complimentary status, Delta is giving participants the opportunity to extend their status through the end of the 2025 Medallion Year. To extend your status, you’ll need to earn the following Medallion Qualifying Dollars during your three-month complimentary period:
- Silver: $1,250 MQDs
- Gold: $2,500 MQDs
- Platinum: $3,750 MQDs
Each of these MQD benchmarks are 75% lower than normal, which makes sense as you’ll only have a quarter of the year to reach them. It’s important to point out that these MQD criteria apply only to your matched status or lower tiers. If you’re matched to Gold, for example, you can extend your status by earning $2,500 MQDs, but you can’t move up to Platinum by earning $3,750 MQDs. However, you could achieve extended Silver status by earning $1,250 MQDs.
There are three main ways to earn MQDs. The first is to fly. SkyMiles members earn $1 MQD per dollar on Delta-marketed flights that are operated by Delta or one its partners (excluding Basic Economy tickets). You can also earn MQDs by spending on an eligible Delta SkyMiles credit card thanks to the MQD boost benefit. Here are the participating cards and what they earn:
The third way to earn MQDs is to book a trip with Delta Vacations. You’ll earn $1 MQD per dollar spent on a Delta Vacations package.