For those who are smart enough to hold both the Barclays Arrival card and are Delta Flyers and are working on meeting the spend to be MQD exempt spending goals on your Delta AMEX card, this was an amazing deal while it lasted.
I purchased 2x$3000 (in my case business gift cards as the max for personal is $5000) I got 6000 Skymiles and knocked off $6000 of MQD exempt spending by using my Delta AMEX Reserve card to purchase. Plus, there is the value of the Arrival points. 24,000 are worth $240 and when I redeem them I get 2,400 back worth another $24 on top of that!
Right now, they are only offering 2x points for AMEX gift card purchase so there are other better options like TopCashBack to pick up your AMEX gift cards. I will be keeping an eye on the shopping portal because as soon as a 3x or higher offer is back I will be ON IT!
What to do with those gift cards once you have them? You can just spend them like a normal card or buy other things that will let you cash them out. Clearly it is smart to start with a small order to test the different ways to use them in your area.
As I talked about in the post on the 1st of this year, there are so many ways to meet your MQD exempt spending that it really should not be a major issue for most flyers. And as far as MQMs go, I hope you have been keeping up on DeltaMileageRun; if not you have missed out on deals like this:
- Detroit to Las Vegas $260 and 3498MQMs
- Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Israel $764 and 15,894MQMs
- Chicago to Los Angeles or San Diego $563 in 1st class and 7656MQMs
And I could go on and on but if you need a few MQMs you should be following along. And never forget you can very simply pick up both 10,000MQMs and 10,000 Skymiles with either the Delta Personal or Business Reserve cards! – René
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