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Tiger328
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Delta Travel Advice

I am currently 140 MQMs from reaching Gold Status for Delta Skymiles. I don’t have much vacation time left this year but being that close to the next tier, especially because they are changing their rules, where could I go/do to make it worth it?

I’d fly out of either BTR or MSY


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re: Delta Travel Advice
Weekend trip to a football game?


Tiger328
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re: Delta Travel Advice
Good idea. Maybe IF lsu made it to Atlanta I could do that!


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tadman
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re: Delta Travel Advice
They have rounded up in the past, but you're gambling on that one.


Tiger328
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re: Delta Travel Advice
I’m just way too close to just not try to get it in my opinion


H2O Tiger
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re: Delta Travel Advice
Just book a cheap RT from MSY to Atlanta. Can do a same day turn

$173 RT on 12/9
This post was edited on 10/23 at 3:01 pm


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SuperDomed
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re: Delta Travel Advice
I don’t really think it’s worth stressing out over reaching gold. The amount of platinum and diamond folks out there is incredible, making the free upgrades highly unlikely (which I think is the best perk of status)


dirtsandwich
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re: Delta Travel Advice
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I don’t really think it’s worth stressing out over reaching gold

Agreed. What’s the real benefit of reaching gold?


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H2O Tiger
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re: Delta Travel Advice
It’s the 2nd Delta elite tiger, equivalent to AA Platinum. Gets you SkyTeam Elite+ when traveling abroad for lounge access.


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tadman
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re: Delta Travel Advice
You could do an out/back same day to Atlanta for lunch or dinner. Consulate or Amore are some of my favorites but I assume Atlanta has a slew of good spots. Or are there any professional-type visits or customres there?


TheDeathValley
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re: Delta Travel Advice
As others have said - you can make it MSY-ATL-MSY in a few hours and under $200.



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CaptainJ47
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re: Delta Travel Advice
How much do you plan on traveling next year? I am about $1500 away from Diamond and will probably burn that to keep it. I will have about 500k MQMs so I can buy Diamond for a few more years. I take about 100-125 segments a year.


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Phideaux
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re: Delta Travel Advice
Gold gets you Sky Priority boarding. I am shocked how often I get upgraded to Comfort + I fly about 4 to 8 segments a month for work. My company makes us buy the cheapest flights


CharlieTiger
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re: Delta Travel Advice
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I am shocked how often I get upgraded to Comfort + I fly about 4 to 8 segments a month for work. My company makes us buy the cheapest flights


Ours does the same for the most part, but if I'm able to buy early enough, I use miles or just pay for it after I buy the ticket. I flew to Monterrey, MX a few weeks ago and when I bought the ticket, Comfort + was a $40 upgrade. No brainer.


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TheDeathValley
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re: Delta Travel Advice
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I am shocked how often I get upgraded to Comfort +


This is wild to me. With AA, all elites get these for free. I think AA Gold (Delta silver) has to wait until check in to select them, but the rest can select them when booking.



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WylieTiger
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re: Delta Travel Advice
Gold might carry weight next year as a lot of the Covid rollover will drop off.

Just do a cheap same day RT to ATL. Book main though as I don’t thing Basic economy counts for mileage. Double check that.

Sky Priority is the biggest perk with baggage check and security lines.
This post was edited on 10/27 at 9:39 am


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