…and the cuts keep on coming. You cannot leave the Delta SkyMiles team with idle hands and time to kill as if you do you know what is next – devaluations or as they call them “enhancements”!
Now have a cut to what many consider one of the most valuable rewards you can pick that is 40,000 bonus SkyMiles for reaching your Delta Million Miler level (whatever that may be). I chose not to pick the SkyMiles for my Million Miller gift as I have a ton of them and am working on spending them down to zero, but you may have been “this close” to making it to the next MM level and may have been counting on the points for some award. Then again, with all the recent devaluations to SkyMiles it is hard to keep up what a SkyMile really is worth. Expect more cuts, sorry, enhancements, to SkyMiles before the year ends.
Next we have the real “thud” of the current updated SPG business card offer (you can find it in my AMEX card tab here). Basically it is two free nights (after spend) at 1-5 level hotels [OFFER HAS EXPIRED] if you have NEVER EVER (check here to find out) had the business SPG AMEX card. I am not at all impressed with the offer and would much rather have SPG points. Unless you have a specific level 5 hotel stay in mind I would pass on this offer. I think AMEX will be shocked that no one is going for it, but clearly we are not. AMEX with SPG needs to take a look at the current Chase BANK Sapphire Reserve offer for a hint on what to do with special offers! 😉
Then we had the not live yet, but “coming soon”, the chance to earn Delta MQMs for stays. There are directions to follow and you had better follow them (I have arrows for you). Lastly on this offer stay on top of each stay to make sure the MQMs post to Delta. In years past some have had issues and if you are “that” short of some Delta elite level it could really matter a bunch.
Lastly my fellow BA blogger OMAAT has a great post (and follow up post) on linking your SPG to Marriott and the other way around. The transfer of SPG to Marriott is 3 to 1 (good) but I still have no interest in being “Marriott’ed”. Ah well, for the next few months I am both SPG Platinum and Marriott Platinum to try it out. I am still sticking with free status from my travel cards to meet my needs and will focus instead on maximizing earning hotel points vs status with a single brand.
Any other interesting travel bits going on this week you found? Leave a comment and a link below! – René
PS – The new Delta B Sky Club opens to the public TODAY!