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Delta just announced that its most loyal customer has crossed the 14-million-mile threshold. It takes the average customer 22 years of consistent flying and loyalty to reach one million, but one passenger has amassed 14 times that over a three-decade period.
Todd O. from San Diego is Delta’s first and only 14 Million Miler. He reached 14 million miles March 6th while flying from Zurich to New York. It was also his birthday, which Delta helped him celebrate (complete with a party in the Sky Club®). The festivities began with a custom birthday cake presented onboard by the flight attendants. They wished him a happy birthday and congratulated him on becoming Delta’s first (and only) 14 Million Miler. When his plane landed at JFK, the celebrations continued. He was taken through customs by Delta’s Elite Services and then brought to the Sky Club® for a party. The celebrations continued when he reached his home airport in San Diego.
Some takeaways from the press release:
- The Boeing 747 was his favorite (now it’s the Airbus A350-900 and A330-900neo)
- He chooses window seats when flying
- He took his first flight when he was eight on Pan Am
Delta SkyMiles has a Million Miler program that grants lifetime Medallion elite status. One million miles equals lifetime Silver Medallion® status; two million gets you Gold Medallion®. You don’t jump to lifetime Platinum Medallion® until you hit four million miles and at six million miles, you reach lifetime Diamond Medallion® status. Unlike United, Delta counts all MQMs, including bonuses and those earned with credit cards. There is no way to earn lifetime Delta 360 (United does offer lifetime Global Services at four million miles).
Anthony’s Take: I don’t think I’ll ever hit anywhere close to this milestone. I am almost at two million miles on United and on the way to one million with Delta. I’d love to hit lifetime GS and lifetime Diamond, but it’s likely not going to happen. Congrats, Tom O! You’ve made a lot of Avgeeks, jealous.
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