…. and they should add to the above: “be aware of travel hackers reading the rules and then taking advantage of them”. For me, that is what we do. We don’t hack. We read and understand that we can do things in a way that it maybe was never intended to be used.
OK Rene what are you talking about now. What crazy plan do you have in mind? Believe it or not some readers can without too much trouble take advantage of this play. First off, if you are like me and simply a leisure traveler this is not for you and you should look at yesterday’s post and get a few AMEX Reserve cards to get status. But, if you are a business flyer who spends as little as
$17,000 $34,000 a year on tickets you can have INSTANT Diamond status and gift GOLD to a friend and get 25,000 RDM’s as well as SKYCLUB membership.
Here is how this works. First prepay
$50,000 $100,000 & get the “Delta Private Jets Card”. Then, you officially have 2 years to spend the money on flights, and per the terms, you can spend your money on all Delta flights, not just private jets. Plus, you even get a 20% discount travel (the 20% discount is only off first and business class fares)! And here is the hack part. If you buy a fully refundable flight or flights before the 2nd year is up, and then cancel the Jets Card there is no way for Delta to credit funds back to that card. Now when you pay for fully refundable tickets with a credit card, and no longer have that card, you can either have Delta or issue an e-credit attached to your skymiles number or have them send you a check. With the “Delta Private Jets Card” the rules should be the same but I can not say for sure!
So you can see the math and logic here. You are in effect getting 3 years to spend your prepaid $
50,000 $100,000 or $33,334 per year. If your business spends that much on you, why not start the year instantly with Diamond Status rather than waiting to earn it.