Let me apologize for this post where I stated things have changed for how we can potentially earn MQMs from Delta AMEX cards. We now know things have NOT, again NOT, changed, but then why the new wording them? From the AMEX team I have received the following update that says:
“We have not made any changes to the miles boost offerings of our Delta Sky miles cobrand credit cards. The communication reference [below] was intended to clarify the existing program.” – AMEX team
So let’s break this down and answer the question as to why they even included the updated wording in the May AMEX credit card statement for Delta co-branded Platinum and Reserve (personal and business) card holders.
First off, as I mentioned in the last post, there have been some who have had a number of the “same” Delta AMEX cards. For example, 3 Delta business Platinum cards. That has, for a very long time, been an official “no-no”. AMEX is now clarifying existing rules and that to me is saying you can only get the boost for 1 card (2x per year i.e. one at each spend level). Those who have a number of the “same” card this clarification gives you the official notice you can be told “no” when you do not get the boost for more than one of the exact same card (even if you used an SSN to apply for one of them and an EIN for the other).
Now the good news for most of us. This means each of us, if we want to and don’t hold other AMEX credit cards, could each get 1x personal Delta AMEX Platinum card, 1x business Delta AMEX Platinum card, 1x personal Delta AMEX Reserve card, 1x business Delta AMEX Reserve card, and meet each of the spend levels (2x spend levels per card 25/50 for Platinum and 30/60k for Reserve) and harvest the bonus MQMs for all 4 of the cards as we have for years and years now.
Again, just outstanding news for those who enjoy bonus MQMs from Delta AMEX card spend. This also reaffirms that both Delta and AMEX both highly value those who spend and spend BIG on the co-branded cards as it can really help you attain higher elite levels as well as, if you spend more than 25k per year, boost your chances for upgrades.
I truly apologize for the confusion as I at first, when my reader tipped me off, I felt this was NOT a real change until I spoke with an AMEX manager who assured me of the change. Clearly this AMEX individual was wrong but to be fair the wording from AMEX card statement was also less than clear.
Time to get back to spending on our Delta AMEX cards and enjoying the yearly bonus MQMs! – Rene
UPDATE: Even the official Delta Corp FlyerTalk reps have now confirmed the above.