For those Delta elite, what are your thoughts on this for the 2019 Medallion year?
While I can understand wanting to make the top-tier Diamond level more exclusive, this is extremely high. American offers a way to get extra MQDs with spend. I think the only incentive with Delta was that you could reach this status without spending $15,000 on actual tickets. Diamond will now be available only for those who travel internationally for work (i.e. not spending their own money) and for those few who have come up with manufactured-spend-quasi-scams.
Another point – for those who DO make it to Diamond status, are there added rewards? I feel like if you either spend $250K on your Amex, Delta should give you something more valuable then what it previously offered, and Amex should also essentially love you forever. No word on that yet.
Should be interesting to see the results of this. It could mean more upgrades for certain tiers, or that there will be so many Platinums that no one will ever get upgrades.
Time to start planning travel without Delta. This was a big FU.