Rookie Wednesday: How to use e-Rewards & earn MQD’s+MQM’s+RDM’s & FREE invites

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Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.


Now that E-Rewards no longer has Skymiles as a redemption partner, we have other options that are actually MUCH better as you can earn MQD’s+MQM’s+RDM’s this route. As you can see from the above, e-Rewards is an “invitation only” site. Well not really, but I will get to that in a minute.

When NWA merged with Delta, US BANK was dismissed in favor of the Delt/Amex stronger partnership. But, US Bank created their own FlexPerks personal or business credit cards and the program for FlexPerks Points. BOTH cards are right now offering  17,500  points when you spend $2500 in the first 5 months for getting the cards (you can have more than one btw)! As you can see from the chart above, you can redeem 20,000 FlexPerks points for an airline ticket worth up to $400. As far as any airline is concerned you are just paying cash for the ticket, so on Delta you would earn MQD’s+MQM’s+RDM’s for the ticket and be extended any medallion benefits you may have as well including upgrades etc.

So, and please follow my dyslexic math here, at max value a FlexPoint when redeemed is worth 2 cents. 2000 FlexPoints are worth $40. Thus, you are turning $100 in e-Rewards “currency” into $40 in real money for Delta Air Lines travel. To me that is real value (TIP: you can only do 4x redemptions per year, 1x per quarter, so wait till you hit $100 to redeem). And, unlike in the past when you got Skymiles for the e-Reward redemption, FlexPoints will earn you Skymiles when you travel. A Win-Win!

So I mentioned this site is an invite only site. But, you can join with any of the links below and get bonus points toward THAT program (a nice way to add a bit to some account):

  • United join link is HERE
  • Jet Blue join link is HERE
  • Frontier join link is HERE
  • SW Air join link is HERE
  • AA join link is HERE
  • Alaska Air join link is HERE

When you join from any of these you will be able to later still pick FlexPerks FlexPoints as a redemption offer. You are limited to one account but a husband and wife could each have their own e-rewards account. You can only send the rewards to the name that matches the e-Rewards account so each must also have their own FlexPerks account as well. If you have a new round of cards on the way soon, why not look at a US BANK card as one of the ones in the mix and when you have time earn a few e-Rewards to add to the FlexPoints totals – René

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  1. Thank you for pointing this out. I’m sitting at $75 in rewards dollars, and I have 38,800 FlexPerk points from the olympic medal promo. I can redeem the $75 for 1500 points, putting me at just over my 40k goal (up to $800 in airfare).

    I was wondering what I was going to do with those rewards dollars. I was planning on transferring to hilton or BA Avios when I hit the $100 mark.

  2. @Steve – keep in mind if you do say $50 now, you will have to wait until April 1st to do the next $25 as only 1x per quarter. Or, get the extra $25 and do that for 2000 points – Rene

  3. Am I reading this right that the bonus on the flex points card is up to $400 dollars on any airline, Bonus Points plus Min spend?

  4. yea I know. I get so few awards through e-rewards that I’m in no rush to redeem. I probably won’t get up to $100 by April 1, so that wouldn’t impact me.
    Also, I want to end up exactly at 40k (or as close as possible) because I’m not planning on keeping the card after the AF.

  5. Another great use for e-Rewards in my experience is for Hertz gold points–some great values available there, though not in the flight arena.

  6. @Spencer – yep that is the other great value, but as you say, not really Delta direction. And for most of us, we need to start thinking about ways to earn MQD’s soon! 😉 Rene

  7. @Ted – you will need a card. But, you can have their NO annually fee card. So, get the bonus points from the new card, then after 1 year, downgrade to no fee card, and you can keep earning on e-Rewards for a long time. – Rene

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