“Why do you have a Gold credit card if you’re a Delta Diamond or whatever? Why are you using a Gold card if you’re not Gold anymore? And why don’t you have a Diamond credit card this year?”
This was part of a conversation I had last year with a friend interested in points and miles while I took out my American Express Gold Card (learn more) to pay for lunch. Things only got more confusing when he saw the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express (learn how to apply) in my wallet. (“Shouldn’t you use your Reserve card if you’re Reserve level? I thought you’re Diamond!”)
Many of us involved with the miles and points hobby are pretty clear about differents levels of loyalty program status and credit card brands. But people not as familiar get understandably confused — especially when it comes to Delta SkyMiles, American Express, and their co-branded credit card products.
It’s very easy for people to get Delta SkyMiles Platinum Medallion status mixed up with Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express cards, or the non-Delta American Express Platinum personal and business cards. Same goes with the gold flavors of status, SkyMiles credit cards, and Amex branded charge cards.
What do you think? Should Delta and American Express come up with different names for the Gold and Platinum SkyMiles credit cards? Continue reading
Airport lounges are great places to relax, get work done, charge your electronic devices, grab a bite, and enjoy a beverage. And they’re even sweeter when you can access them for free as a credit card perk!
It’s mid-September already?! How did that happen?
If you use Delta SkyBonus (a program designed to reward businesses using Delta Air Lines and select SkyTeam carriers for employee travel), you might want to pay attention to this news.
Achieving Million Miler status is a pretty big accomplishment. Each time you accrue a million miles on an airline, the carrier gives you a gift of some sort. Delta gives you annual Silver at 1M or Gold status at 2M & 3M or Platinum at 4M (depending on how many millions of miles you’ve earned) and some luggage or jewelry. United, meanwhile, steps it up. While UA may not give you premium luggage or … Continue reading
The American Express Business Green Card just launched a limited time offer for new applicants. But is it worth signing up? Or are there better offers available?
A new report revealed a pair of unflattering statistics about mishandled baggage.
I’ve read this story countless times during the past eight years. And it still makes my heart race and causes adrenaline to pump through me.
Delta plays a fascinating game of chicken when it comes to overbooking flights.
Delta Air Lines issued a travel waiver for its flights through San Francisco International Airport (SFO) — which has seen numerous flight cancellations and delays since starting a runway repair project this past Saturday.
For better or worse, I’m a loyal Delta flyer. Delta’s co-branded American Express cards sort of come with that territory. But Chase’s credit cards, however, are starting to pique my interest (especially now that I’m finally dipping under 5/24!) when it comes to actual point accrual and redemption. And their low to no annual fees sure are interesting, too.
Great news for Delta passengers heading to Tokyo next summer (and beyond): a new Sky Club is opening at Haneda Airport!
Rookie Wednesday: A (partial) workaround for multiple “Amex Offers” via No Fee Amex partner cards! Are you missing out on “low hanging fruit”? Continue reading
Many of us enjoy free (or significantly discounted) hotel nights — thanks to points/stays earned through loyalty programs and/or hotel credit cards. But if you must pay money (the horror!) for a hotel, remember many major chains participate in cashback portals.
It was a busy week on the blog filled with great reader comments — thank you! Here’s the week that was here at Rene’s Points: