Can you even, in your wildest dreams, think about spending over 1/2 MILLION SkyMiles for a one-way ticket? What about 1 MILLION+ miles for a round trip? This is what not having award charts and Delta SkyMiles2015 has given us. There literally is no limit on just what an award ticket will cost you on any given day when you go to spend your SkyMiles.
This is why I have stopped collecting SkyMiles and focused my credit card spend on other cards and points that have value. I am driving my spending “loyalty” to points that I can trust will not become all but worthless overnight. Like what cards?
These 3 will be my top go to cards for spending. I will still keep my old Delta AMEX card for the perks, but only spend what I must for MQD exempt status and MQM earnings – not one penny more.
Why these choices? I value AMEX Membership Rewards points from my PRG card. These points have historically held their value. I can send them to many partners, even Delta should I want to. I get bonus points for much of my spend. Bottom line is these points have value and I don’t have to just “guess” what they are worth on any given day. As you can see I have been a AMEX card holder since 1999!
Next we have SPG points. I constantly use my SPG points for hotels, but again here I can send these points to many other programs and even get bonus points when I do. SPG points have also historically HELD their value very well and I do not have to wonder just what the points will be worth when I go to spend them.
Lastly we have Ultimate Rewards points from Chase. Again, you see a theme here, consistent and long term value. Great transfer partners (that I use) and even the ability to spend them for travel should I wish with no “funny business” or guessing what they are worth. I value this.
I have to say I will truly shed a tear the day a reader sends me an e-mail with a screen shot of a true 1 MILLION+ mile Delta award they have found – I know that day is not far off. For me, I intend to shift my loyalty dollars to those that are loyal to me and that, for now, is not SkyMiles! Have the Delta award changes affected what card you put your every day spend on? – René
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