Delta is changing its frequent flier rules by adding a spending requirement

ATLANTA - Delta announced it's changing its frequent flier rules by adding a spending requirement.

The bottom rung of its SkyMiles Medallion program will require a flier to spend at least $2,500 annually on tickets.

The next level requires $5,000 in ticket purchases, followed by $7,500.

Top rung benefits will require $12,500 in ticket spending.

The new requirements mean some fliers may get bumped down to a lower rung or even out of the program.

A Delta spokesman said adding the spending requirement ensures their most valued customers get the best program benefits and a more exclusive experience.

The change starts on Jan. 1, 2014 for membership status in the 2015 program.

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