Crunch time folks. Well, past crunch time (almost) if you are talking about things like an Elite Mileage Run to top off your elite points before year end. Oh, sure, you can still get on a flight tonight and as long as it is scheduled to take off before midnight tomorrow you will get credit for 2015 but that could cost you a ton at this late date. But I digress. Back on topic.
Notice the photo above. If you log in to your “MY DELTA” I sure would think about printing a PDF of your 2015 points. Delta has, in the past, had issues where points “come and go” and you just never know what could go wrong. Many of us will be checking each day for our rollover MQMs to hit and knowing what your exact total was to confirm you got what you should is smart. Also notice the box in yellow, change that to the full year to get what you need!
What else should you consider doing today? I looked over my AMEX “Offers For You” and found a few I had not yet fully utilized that were going to expire after tomorrow and the one above gave me some free points and I even made some free money on the transaction buying gift cards. Not bad and hate to see anything go to waste.
If you happen to have either a non-Delta AMEX Platinum personal or AMEX Platinum business card as well as the non-Delta AMEX Gold card you still have time to FIRST register for whatever airline you want and then, in the case of Delta, buy $50 e-Gift cards and get your reimbursement for the year for your travel “incidentals” refund. Also keep in mind that after the 1st of the year you can change what airline you want to use or, if you don’t want to change, leave it and use it again for whatever airline you have selected this year.
Lastly start thinking about 2016. Are you going to stick with Delta? If you are after the 1st of January would be a great time to pick up a Delta Platinum or Reserve card for the bonus MQMs. Don’t upgrade, cuz as you can see from the above, VERY bad things can and do happen. Phone reps can promise anything. However, if you start from my links, and do screen shots, you are all but guaranteed to get the points once you have met the minimum spend. The only warning there is making sure you are qualified to get the bonus i.e. you have NEVER EVER had the personal card before or in the case of the business cards, that it has been over 365+ days since you canceled last time. – René
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