This is going to be an interesting travel year. Soon, very soon, we will learn what changes Delta is going to make to the 2018 Medallion program. At first glance and from what we know, the changes will be good news and it had better be as negative changes after we are already earning status for 2018 would be, shall we say, rather poorly received! But on top of that we have the plans for what points to earn going forward because it sure is not SkyMiles!
This card is one you likely will not be able to get. USAA has a number of cash back cards, and anyone can join USAA, but unless you are military or have had family that were military and joined USAA and can gift you in so you too can become a FULL MEMBER you are not eligible for this amazing new 2.5% Unlimited cash back card. Not only is this a great rewards card but considering the current environment, every day I see cash as a better and better option allowing me to pick any flight any airline and any hotel I want!
The next one, the US Bank AMEX branded FlexPerks card, really is another one of those no-brainers since each FlexPerk point is worth ~2 cents toward a ticket of my choice. Plus, I tend to dine out quite often and getting 3x or 6% back at restaurants just works. Not just that, but it pays 2x or 4% back at gas station and 7/11’s happen to code as a gas station. And guess what, they happen to sell VDGCs. Thus, like the Visa version of this FlexPerks card, I can end up with up to a $400 Delta ticket that earns full Delta points (including SkyMiles, MQMs, MQD and MQSs) for under $100 in cost to me. You know, that works just fine for me. Plus, after meeting the minimum spend at said gas stations, I will get 34,000 FlexPerks points or well over $600 in travel cash (see why I went for this card).
Bottom line is I am still all about travel. I am still all about earning my elite status and flying Delta but to do that I need to “buy” tickets with either cash or points that act just like cash. Both of these cards do that for me. So I say again, like I did Friday:
Are we learning yet? – René