It was so much fun to be a speaker at the Ann Arbor “DO” and to get to hear Greg the Frequent Miler speak as well. If you are not reading Greg’s blog, you are missing out on a TON of points. Please add it to your daily blog reads!
Greg spoke a bunch about the INK BOLD card from Chase and all you can do with it. The INK BOLD card is a business card that may be coming out as a new product soon. What does that mean for us? If Chase does that, I can get a chance to apply for the “new” card and get a new card bonus again! That also means if you don’t have the card NOW, it could be a great time to JUMP on this card before the new one comes out. Again, speculation, but you now know what I know.
But we are Delta flyers. I get the question all the time, should I and CAN I get the Delta Reserve Business AMEX card. YES and you can use it to get Skymiles, MQM’s and save a ton of cash as well (note: $450/yr fee)! Also, anyone who, say, has a garage sale or sells on ebay or whatever would naturally want to keep this spending separate and can get the DELTA AMEX business card to do this. This AMEX card is part of the “OPEN” (open savings) program from American express.
What that means is this. If you use your AMEX business card to buy OVER $250 or more on ONE ORDER at Officemax.com you will get 10% CASH back AND Delta Skymiles for the original purchase amount. This is where it gets fun.
You can then buy Officemax gift cards and get free S&H. Once they arrive, take them into the store and use those gift cards to buy Visa gift cards (note some stores get cranky about this but Officemax gift cards should be able to be used to buy anything in the store but please start small and test with your local store)!
Yes, there is a small fee for the Visa gift card ($6.95), but what you have done is earn Skymiles, meet spend toward your $30,000 or $60,000 per year goal to earn extra RDM’s and the coveted MQM’s that come from the DELTA AMEX business card. Even if you, say, pay your taxes or in some other way liquidate the Visa gift cards at a few % loss to you, since you started with 10% cash back, you have a lot of room to work with. (I am testing buying them with different shopping portals and will advise for EXTRA points).
UPDATE: OPEN credit posted as you can see:
I hope you followed me here. This is a way to, at worst, meet our spend goal on the card for “NET-FREE” (FM takes this even further if you want btw). You can ONLY get this deal on the business cards that are part of the OPEN program, so you can see why you should HAVE THIS CARD instead of, or in addition to, the personal Delta Reserve card.
While we are talking questions and cards, another question I get many times is: “how do I make sure that you, Rene, Delta Points, get credit for clicking on a link on the blog”? If you always start on my “Best Points Cards” tab at the top of the blog, and click on the text links, I will get credit and I thank you for this and for supporting the blog! – Rene