Continental has matched American and United’s double elite qualifying miles promotions, although they’re even more lenient. Instead of only counting travel booked after the start of the promotion, Continental is counting all travel within the qualification dates, regardless of when it’s booked. That means you can earn Platinum, their top tier, for a mere 37,500 flown miles within the qualification period.
Many people are now wondering whether Delta will match as well, given that they compete a bit more closely with Continental than American or United. If I had to guess, I’d say no, they won’t match, which probably surprises many.
Why don’t I think so? Northwest. Delta/Northwest has a *HUGE* elite pool right now, despite the recession. So far it’s not too bad since both carriers are still operating their full fleets, but as soon as they cut back on redundant routes and trim out the schedule a bit, I’m betting upgrades will become more difficult.
It would be in Delta’s best interest to not further artificially inflate the elite population, because the last thing they want to do is annoy their current customers, since many aren’t pleased about the merger as is.
Only time will tell and I might be wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re the one legacy carrier without a double EQM promotion this year. Also, it seems like they would have put out this promotion during the week in order to garner the most attention, so the fact that it’s Friday night doesn’t help their chances either.