RenésPoints January Newsletter – Tomorrow the new Delta Medallion year begins!

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Can you believe we “only” have 11 more months to go until 2018? Not just that, but tomorrow starts the new Delta Medallion year – that is, if you happen to have rolled over a ton of MQMs, are MQD exempt then you will shortly have status in place for not just this year but for next year too. But I am getting way ahead of myself as this monthly newsletter is what happened this month that you may have missed. Take a look:

➥ How to earn your 2017 Delta Medallion MQD Exempt status via AMEX card spending. Just what qualifies and works?

➥ When will Delta Medallion rollover MQMs happen for 2017? What about Choice Benefits? Other fears?

➥ Why I think Delta Elite Medallions will see MORE 1st class upgrades in 2017 vs. 2016!

Skyteam Delta Lounge HKG Hong Kong International Airport review RenesPoints blog

➥ I made such a rookie Delta Regional Upgrade cert mistake, but then again Delta REV MGT made one as well!

➥ UBER is slowly being tax and “fee’d” to death. At what point is too much, too much?

➥ Delta & travel news bits you may have missed from the past few weeks! What caught my eye.

➥ Delta 1st class cold Asian Chicken Salad lunch choice. I would order this again!

➥ Exciting upgrades planned for “THE CLUB” network of airport lounges.

➥ CONFIRMED: For 2017 AMEX Platinum Travel Credit MAX $50 per Purchase with Delta.

➥ Check your Delta elite accounts – Rollover MQMs have started to post today 10JAN17!

➥ A Reader / Blogger Adventure to SXM St. Maarten – Introduction and Mileage Run Point Totals

THE CLUB at PHX Lounge review Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 – B Concourse

➥ The Alegria Resort on Maho Beach, Sint Maarten SXM – a RenésPoints Readers Meet-up Review

➥ What to do if Delta upgrades your Medallion status AGAINST your will? Can you “downgrade” to retain your MQM rollover? What about elite soft landings?

➥ What is your worst travel fear? Is it losing your: Phone, ID, Credit Card or Laptop?

➥ What is it like at SXM Maho Beach & the “jet blast” experience? It is so worth a visit to Sint Maarten!

➥ Tiny Delta SkyMiles gems from the Q4 – 2016 $DAL Earnings call

➥ (Non) Delta Updates REG: Medallion 2018, C+ Middle seat opt-out, 1st class meal pre-order and more!

➥ GoPro Video Review: The SXM Maho Beach Jet Experience – Pure #AVgeek Joy!

➥ Delta WINS Basic BIG 3 fare class fight and now American only STINKS 50% less than United!

➥ The Priority Pass Executive lounge review at SXM St. Maarten RenésPoints Travel blog review

➥ My Chase Ultimate FRUSTRATION reward(s) – I miss the way booking used to be so much!

➥ Review: Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas USVI St. Thomas by Lisa

➥ BREAKING! Delta to Expand Elite Medallion Choice Benefits for 2018 with AMEX tie-in!

➥ What a great idea KLM – Delta needs this – Sky Club Self Check-in Stands!

➥ The new Delta Asanda Spa at the flagship Sky Club JFK review RenesPoints blog

➥ Delta Improves Meal Service Times in First Class to “Around the Clock” – But Issues Remain.

➥ Could your “social” interaction and friends keep you from travel card approvals? Maybe one day soon!

➥ Why NOW is the best time to consider booking summer Delta award tickets & mileage runs!

➥ Desperate to cash out points? How to salvage max point value in worst case situations.

➥ The Two Travel Cards I went for to Start 2017 & my Change in Award Strategy!

➥ This is not the way to recover from yet another Delta CPU meltdown.

➥ The “hidden” Houston IAH American Express Centurion Lounge Terminal D Review

What a start to the year! For me I am really looking forward to next month as I will be at the FTU SEA event then the first week in March a “group” mileage run from DFW and who knows what else fun might be on tap. Are you excited about the rest of the year up in the air? – René

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