Delta's Limited-Time Offer: Earn Elite Status with Hotel Stays and Car Rentals

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 15, 2024 08:30 AMNews
White and blue Delta airlines airplane in the sky
White and blue Delta airlines airplane in the sky. Source: unsplash

Delta Air Lines has reintroduced a popular promotion that allows SkyMiles members to accelerate their journey to elite status without setting foot on a plane. For a limited period, members can earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) and bonus miles through hotel stays and car rentals, making it easier to reach higher tiers of membership benefits.

Details of the Promotion

The promotion runs until June 24th for bookings, with travel to be completed by September 8th. SkyMiles members are required to book their hotels or car rentals through Delta’s dedicated portal. For each dollar spent on hotels, vacation rentals, and car rentals (excluding taxes and fees), members will earn $1 MQD and 2 miles. This offer is part of Delta's strategy to provide more flexible ways for frequent flyers to gain valuable status, alongside the usual air travel.

Enhanced Benefits with Strategic Partnerships

For car rentals, the benefits are particularly enticing with Delta’s partner, Hertz. Depending on the member’s tier in the SkyMiles program, earnings can range from 4 to 8 miles per qualifying dollar spent. This partnership underscores Delta's commitment to providing value to its loyalty program members through strategic collaborations.

Benefits of Medallion Status

Attaining Medallion Status with Delta not only grants SkyTeam Elite Status but also offers a suite of premium benefits. These include priority check-in, additional baggage allowances, and access to exclusive airport lounges, enhancing the travel experience significantly.

Practical Considerations

While this promotion provides a boost towards earning Medallion Status, members should note that reaching even the lowest tier primarily through non-flight options would require significant expenditure. The MQDs needed range from $5,000 for Silver Medallion to $28,000 for Diamond Medallion. Therefore, while beneficial, this promotion is best used as a supplement to traditional flying miles.


Delta's innovative approach to earning elite status through everyday travel activities like hotel stays and car rentals offers SkyMiles members a valuable opportunity to maximize their benefits and enjoy enhanced travel experiences.

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