Folks, we won! No really – we did. Let me explain. I know the web is blowing up with the news that we must spend ¼ million on our Delta Amex cards.? One reader tweeted me a photo of their Delta Amex card cut into tiny bits.
- Let me make this clear – we had an impact. Again, we won!
The plan from the Delta mothership was to END the Delta MQD waiver (without telling Amex btw). But thanks to all your calls, emails, and USPS mails, we had an impact and got the VIPs attention. We now “only” have a 250k spend waiver. Only?
I tossed up a post with other choices and it has been one of the most visited posts from Delta and Amex computers this year (yes, I can track that). So we stopped the worst possible choice.
- What, wait really? Are you crazy?
No I am not. Yes, I really am beyond thrilled with the 250k spend waiver choice. Folks, we can do this all via creative spending a.ka. (manufactured spending). We are talking less that 21k per month – I can MS that in my sleep. You can too and if not it is time to learn (maybe attend my sessions on an intro to manufactured spending at the Chicago Seminars with tickets still for sale?)!
Beyond that, this means we need to think about diversifying. We need to, to get max value, get and hold a number of Delta Amex cards to get the bonus for each as the spend is TOTAL across ALL your Delta Amex cards. I now hold 1x Delta Reserve card and 2x Platinum. That may be the perfect mix. I will max out spend on all on the way to 250k! 🙂
I posted about Delta wanting to thin the herd. This change will do just that in a massive way. Those remaining will be only those who are loyal to Amex, and mega spend, who will now be Diamonds. This is great news if you are a Diamond and your upgrade chances have tanked this year.
Now for those who can not spend their way to 250k there is a flying choice. As I showed on my AreoMexico 1st class run with a base fare of ZERO dollars I earned a bunch of Delta MQD credit. We can do the same next year we just have to fly FAR and on partners and allow the distance based MQD credit to pour into our accounts.
Also we need to talk about planning. The Diamond +1 situation has just gotten that much better. Now, and I know some will hate this, a Diamond and a +1 will trump all below them even those who are big but not big enough spenders with Delta. This is great news for those who can still make this work and reach Diamond for 2019!
Bottom line – those of us who are willing to be creative are going to be the few Delta Diamonds who remain in the skies. Well, us and those who overspend on Delta tickets that is.
This change is so sweet. 2019 is going to be an amazing Diamond Elite year! – Rene