Delta, in all their latest marketing info about Skymiles2015, is reminding us that we get 2x more Skymiles when we pay with the Delta Gold/Platinum/Reserve cards. These are great cards to have and I have both the personal reserve and the business reserve cards. But you are making a mistake that will cost you in 2015 if you pay for your Delta tickets this way. Why?
Notice the above screen shot from the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold card. It pays you 3x points on the full purchase price you spend on airline tickets.
Plus if you, rather than starting at Delta.com to book, start at the AMEX travel site [EDIT:WARNING AMEX TRAVEL is using consolidator fares now – avoid] (once you have a membership rewards card) you also earn an extra 1x points per dollar spent. Thus you are talking 4x vs the 2x Delta is promoting with the Delta cards. Why take 50% less points when Delta is already WHACKING us on earning Skymiles starting on 1JAN2015.
Then, once you have earned the membership rewards, it is a simple and almost instant thing to transfer your points over to Delta whenever you wish. That means, as a Diamond Medallion, rather than earning 11x per dollar you are earning OVER 15x per dollar! Why?
The really kool thing is, as you can see in the above example of a coach ticket from Atlanta to Amsterdam that is say $1500 but has $200 tax you have to deduct thus netting you $1300×11 from Delta. But, the AMEX part is the FULL PRICE of the ticket that is $1500×4. Thus all in you will end up, after sending the membership rewards points to Delta, with 20,300 Skymiles for this trip as a Diamond Medallion!
The red letter day, 26FEB2014 will be a date we will never forget, but as you can see it is up to us now in 2015 to claw back each and every point we should get. – René