RenésPoints September Newsletter – Ready for SkyMiles 2017 yet?

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Wait, tomorrow is October 1st? Where did September go? I mean it still feels like summer outside but fall is now here and we are only 81 days away from the darkest day of the year (well that is depressing). With so much going on you may not have seen what else happened this month:

➥ An APM Marketplace PodCast interview with Delta CEO Ed Bastian – Worth a listen.

➥ Carrabbas Rewards program + AMEX Offers + Online Coupons = Sweet stack-able savings!

➥ AeroMexico 737-700 MEX-MCO – An AeroMexico Mileage Run in Business Class

➥ I now have the Chase Quad-Fecta of points cards – Sapphire Reserve, Freedom Unlimited, Freedom and INK Cash!

➥ I take my grilling seriously – do you? These are my favorite BBQ tips – What’s yours?

➥ Skyteam to Europe sub $500, FREE Chase UR points, UNLIMITED Priority Pass & 100k about to end?

➥ What’s worse than the Chase 5/24 rule? Have you seen the CSR T&C? What could be on the way next!

➥ Timing Really Is Everything When It Comes to Perks, Travel & Deals!

➥ WARNING! Your Delta Comfort+ Upgrade CAN Exclude you from First Class Upgrades

➥ What will Delta Premium Economy Seats be like & planning for the future of SkyMiles.

➥ An AeroMexico Mileage Run in Business Class – Totals and results (was it worth it)?

➥ My Irritation with Delta’s Samsung Note 7 Android phone DO NOT USE directive.

➥ Lots going on with the continuing “Battle in Seattle” drama between Alaska & Delta

➥ Be Alert: Some very strange things are going on at Delta & SkyMiles!

➥ Review: 3 Amazing days of “free” golf on points & travel cards. #PureMichigan #Boyne #BayHarbor

➥ Delta dumps Medallion elite Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access as part of move to T3 in LHR (boooo)!

➥ Delta & Travel NEWS: CEO talks SLC. Delta “wins” tarmac delays. Pilots error says NTSB.

➥ Delta Sky Club Review Minneapolis MSP B/C (near C gates) Review – RenésPoints blog

300,000+ Points on Travel Cards Worth Considering Right Now (due to increased bonus offer).

➥ Fall Delta Travel Reminders to Think About NOW and Planning for 2017

➥ Has Delta Fixed the Irritating 1x eCredit per Ticket Limitation? It seems so!

➥ Reminder: Chicago Seminars 2016 October 14-16 is soon here!

➥ US Bank Now Denying Credit Based on Your Blocking ARS – Advanced Resolution Services!

➥ I am HAPPY to pay $1750 in Annual Card Fees for these FOUR cards! Year after year.

➥ The NEW Delta B Concourse Sky Club ATL Atlanta Review by RenesPoints blog

➥ If you had a chance to ask Delta CEO Ed Bastian for one program change – what would it be?

Delta Million Miler Devaluation, SPG goes “thud”, Hilton / Delta MQMs & more!

➥ Is it “really” worth it to drive to a cheaper airport nearby? I am “done” with Chicago ORD!

➥ Delta SkyMiles & Medallion teams – Please watch Delta’s new “TRUST” video every day over and over again!

➥ How to make cheaper fares book when Delta computers say “NO”! There is always another way.

100,000 point Discover Miles w/mega spend offer. IHG 100% bonus on buy & other deals.

➥ Internet and Credit Card Fraud in This Hobby Can Cost You – My True Story

➥ Bet ya did didn’t know where to find / set ALL these preferences on Delta!

Less Delta CRJ200s? Air Rage on the rise! SEA Mileage Runs. Jet Airways & Delta again. X-Starwood CEO says sale bad timing.

➥ If Delta calls me and offers me (whatever) should I take it. What if they force me to downgrade?

AMAZING new 70,000 point Delta AMEX Business Platinum card offer PLUS 10,000 MQMs – (Gold 50,000 points)!

I am really looking forward to the end of the year with so much going on and even starting the year out with a “bucket list” event. Stay tuned for that one and so much more. The weekend is almost here so you have some time why not peek at the January or February or March or April or May or June or July or August or September’s newsletters!! – René




  1. @Geoff – I was guessing last year even MQMs would go away and all REV BASED for status as well. I still think it is on the way. I may have been a year early. We shall see soon as any changes have to announced by 1JAN17 as then we start earning for the 2018 Medallion year.

  2. Given that people are booking for ’17 and earning for ’17/’18 status, you’d think they would get changes out asap. Although of late they have been pretty sneaky. However, a sea change to the MQM program would be huge. Wondering how AMEX would feel about this?

  3. @Geoff – You could still have an exempt via spend level. It may be they are making so much money with the current system that they don’t want to mess with it in the end.

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