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Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« on: October 06, 2013, 12:39:33 PM »

I am flying on a V CLASS economy ticket from JFK-TLV with my wife.

Are there any advantages of spending 100,000 SkyBonus miles to get a "free" Silver Medallion upgrade for six months, if I don’t do much flying?

I understand that Silver Medallion only offers free upgrades on Domestic flights.

Are there any upgrades available on INTL flight just for having a Silver Medallion status?

I have over 100,000 Skybonus miles that will expire & would use them to upgrade to Medallion IF they will help upgrade this ticket.

Finally, if I do the medallion purchase, even if it does not allow me a FREE upgrade, does it give me a “less expensive” right to upgrade either with money of miles?
I do have miles (both Delta and AMEX but not enough for two business tickets outright).

ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would love to fly business, but not at $4,000 more.

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2013, 01:09:55 PM »
V class is not up-gradable on Delta.. only Y,B,M fares when using a SWU (system wide upgrade) and their is space in Z class (the upgrade class)
as a Silver medallion, you are at the bottom of the list of Delta elites, behind Diamonds, Platinum and Gold... even domestically, the change of an upgrade as a Silver is pretty low..

Spend the miles on an award ticket (if you could find any award space) versus 100,000 on just Silver status

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2013, 01:13:54 PM »
V class is not up-gradable on Delta.. only Y,B,M fares when using a SWU (system wide upgrade) and their is space in Z class (the upgrade class)
as a Silver medallion, you are at the bottom of the list of Delta elites, behind Diamonds, Platinum and Gold... even domestically, the change of an upgrade as a Silver is pretty low..

Spend the miles on an award ticket (if you could find any award space) versus 100,000 on just Silver status
a couple of things:

1. Silver doesn't do any good.
2. Upgrades are no longer Z. They are now OP which has far less availability than Z has.
3. 100K Skybonus won't get you any trips besides domestic RT Economy (whenever low miles are available), which is hardly usable.
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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2013, 03:46:53 PM »
If you mean that you plan to spend 100K just for a possible upgrade then no one would advise you to do that.  A business class ticket on your route is about 60 to 75 thousand miles each way without buying an economy ticket.

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2013, 05:12:37 PM »
I am flying on a V CLASS economy ticket from JFK-TLV with my wife.

Are there any advantages of spending 100,000 SkyBonus miles to get a "free" Silver Medallion upgrade for six months, if I don’t do much flying?

I understand that Silver Medallion only offers free upgrades on Domestic flights.

Are there any upgrades available on INTL flight just for having a Silver Medallion status?

I have over 100,000 Skybonus miles that will expire & would use them to upgrade to Medallion IF they will help upgrade this ticket.

Finally, if I do the medallion purchase, even if it does not allow me a FREE upgrade, does it give me a “less expensive” right to upgrade either with money of miles?
I do have miles (both Delta and AMEX but not enough for two business tickets outright).

ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would love to fly business, but not at $4,000 more.
DL miles don't expire...

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2013, 05:16:59 PM »
@ Bostener and shmiel, the OP is talking about SKYbonus miles not DL Miles.

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2013, 05:25:49 PM »
Correct, SKYBONUS miles, not regular miles..  I have 112,000 that expire in December.

Was going to use them to get Silver Medallion status for one year, but it seems that it is worthless for my needs..

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2013, 09:26:18 PM »
I don't believe you can even use 100K Skybonus right now to get Silver.

I believe the second half of the year its 160K for the remainder of this year and next year and there's no option for 100K at this point.

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013, 09:35:39 PM »
Yosef, you are correct.  :(

Guess I need to start searching the forum for my best way to purchase 2 business tickets NYC-TLV.

I have only 150,000 Amex points and 120,000 delta at this time. (and 65k Lufthansa)

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 09:47:54 PM »
Yosef,
What would YOU do with 100,000 SKYBONUS miles that expire Dec 31, since the silver upgrade is not an option?

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Re: Delta SILVER Medallion upgrades from JFK-TLV
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2013, 10:49:55 PM »
Get drunk?

Or 1 LUT fare (domestic for 85K) and still get drunk?
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