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Silver Status – Delta vs. United
I want to earn two business class award tickets to Europe for 2021. I travel monthly for work and both airlines serve my non-hub airport equally. As a non-hub airport, most round trips include four segments, so I can earn silver status with either Delta or United, but not gold. Which program do you recommend focus on, and why?
To Europe? United, for sure. Star Alliance is much easier to find two business class seats to Europe, in my opinion. Availability is pretty widespread, with low surcharges and taxes.
I feel like United is a better program overall and you can redeem points much easier too. The benefits are quite similar but I think United Silver is a bit stronger with access to Economy Plus at Check-in, etc.
Definitely United. Way more options.
Delta just increased their award costs for US-Europe. Furthermore, DL, AF and KL are all somewhat stingy with awards. You’d have to book super far in advance. Other SkyTeam airlines to Europe are meh.