So many of us are looking forward to the amazing rewards Skymiles2015 will bring us in just a few days (what am I saying – other than a few who need medical attention – NO ONE is looking forward to what 1JAN2015 will bring to us)!
Having depressed all but 2% of you who are smiling, there are a few reminders I hope you are well aware of at this point. If not, here is the “to do” list for you before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st next week.
The first is RTW or Round The World Delta Skymiles award tickets that are soon to be “enhanced” away a.k.a. will be gone! The RTW desk has been an amazing asset to Delta flyers and seeing it go away, for more than just RTW tickets, is a devastating loss. You see, at events like the Chicago Seminars, I have shared that you can call and ask for this “desk” for even the simplest of award bookings because, unlike so many Delta reps, these folks know what airlines are part of Skyteam as well as partners, and know how to find low level award seats. Now you see why, if you have anything to book you need to call and ask for the RTW desk before year end when they go away! Need help? ADAM is standing by to HELP YOU get this done. NO, it is not cheap to get help booking one of these trips, but holy cow you are saving $10-20,000 in ticket fees for a round the world redemption so let him and his team help you get this done!
Next, also ending on 1JAN, IMO the one most valuable and treasured feature of Skymiles that will DIE in less than a week thanks to Skymiles2015 that is the ability to have a stopover on your trip. You can still book them, not on Delta.com as it has already been “enhanced” or broken so you have to call and hope you get a rep who understands that the horrid Skymiles2015 rules do not take effect until about a week from now. Sigh!
Same as the above goes for open jaw tickets. Want 3 tickets for the cost of 2 award tickets? You have less than a week to book yet one more of the most valuable parts of Skymiles that will soon be as dead as your Skymiles when you die (yep do keep in mind when you die – so do your DieMiles – uh – Skymiles). No, seriously, want an open jaw award, book it before the 1st!
How about Skybonus. Gosh I hope you know, unlike Skymiles that only go away when you die, Skybonus, even when you fly every week, go away every 3 years or if you don’t spend at least $5,000 in MQD with Delta (be sure to check – the numbers with Delta.com don’t always agree). So, if you have some you earned 3 years ago, you had better spend them on the 31st before they disappear like so many of the Skymiles perks we enjoyed this year (like earning valuable points when flying Delta – gosh I will miss that in 2015)!
This one has nothing to do with Delta and ya know that is kinda a good thing. I love spending my day driving around with my wife and earning hundreds of dollars of free travel points for walking in and out of as many OfficeMax stores with my INK card as I can. Oh, got some spend to meet on some travel card from your latest round, yeah it is sweet to get paid to meet that spend this way. It ends on the 27th so get to work if you want to enjoy this one (I will as I ran over 6k on black Friday and will do about the same this time too)!
Most of us who fly, for weeks now have been missing the joy of a HOOU when we print our boarding pass on Delta.com (one more enhancement until 1MARCH15 when, if we get C+ seats, we get #AllInclusiveSeatsIfTheFlightAttentantComesByMoreThanOnceAndOverHeadSpaceIfBasicSeatFolksDontCramTheirBagsUpThereBeforeWeDo – Phew – what a hash tag). Back to the topic at hand. The OLD OLD OLD white HOOU coupons are still good for, not just drinks, but snack boxes. Please redeem them and take them home as they are great to enjoy during a Sunday NFL game with a cool Non-#SkunkyGate beer!
I think my most favorite card, after the Delta Reserve card that makes so many MQMs and Skymiles (since Flying is just silly next year), has to be the NON-Delta AMEX Platinum card. You see, once you pick an airline (Delta in my case), you can get $200 in “incidental” credits each CALANDER year. I “redeemed” mine and “spent” them months ago but you only have until 31DEC if you have not. Then, after 1JAN15, you can do so again 🙂 ! Now if you are departing Delta you need to pick another airline before you spend to redeem these credits. Clear?
This one is about the date. You see, with AMEX, especially Delta AMEX cards for us Delta flyers, if you want credits to show up, they must POST before year end. You are quickly reaching the point when any charge you make “may” not post until 2015 and the credits not apply until next year. Just sayin’, keep this in mind!
Our last one, and as much as it loathes me to say it, and please don’t ever admit you did this to anyone ever, is that you only have a few more days to [gagging now] buy MQMs from Delta if you are short for the year and can not fly before year end.
So there you are kids – you have my list of MUST do things before 2014 ends. If you e-mail or comment you did not know or wish you had acted before year end – well you will understand why I have not said anything other than sending you a link to THIS post! – René
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