Winter is on the way – shudder! The only thing worse that getting on a ridiculously hot CRJ200 is a bitterly cold CRJ200 with big coats and carry-on luggage that must be pink-tagged (and then dragged through the snow before being loaded under your feet).
I have to admit I am feeling kinda grumpy typing this post. So much so I think I will pause and go book a flight to somewhere warm (using points naturally)! 🙂
OK, I am back. Time to get planning for the end of this year and the start of 2020 Medallion year. There are a number of things you should start planning for right now so that your year-end is not filled with stress and what I should have done (months ago) and what do I do now kind of moments.
The first thing you need to decide is if you are going to push for some medallion level or simply not anymore. Is it worth it (TO YOU) to go for Silver Medallion or Gold Medallion or Platinum Medallion or even Diamond Medallion for 2020 after all the changes to the program (mostly the massive loss of upgrades). If you are going to go for whatever you should take a hard look at your numbers – all your numbers. What else?
It simply kills me when folks wait to finish their bonus Amex MQM spend on their:
- Delta Amex Platinum (consumer) Card (learn more and compare)
- Delta Amex Platinum (business) Card – (learn more and compare)
- Delta Amex Reserve (consumer) Card – (learn more and compare)
- Delta Amex Reserve (business) Card – (learn more and compare)
…and they are literally planning to spend just up to the last penny needed and not one penny more (and wait until the last few days of the year to do it). Oh then, after the first of the year, they are reminded the annual fee DOES NOT COUNT but per Amex it is included – so they END UP SHORT of the total spend needed for the bonus. So please, spend now, and over spend by at least the annual fee. Please!!!
Another reason for the above is because you sure do not want to find yourself the first week of December simply donating CASH to Delta to buy MQMs or MQDs at “BAT CRAZY” mind numbing prices. Delta will say it is simpler than flying. Well, maybe true. But I like to fly and rather than donate to Delta I will take a fun trip. Heck, me and 5 other frequent flyers are doing just that to end 2019 with a Delta One cheap biz round trip fun run! (#ProTip: need help? Our pal Adam is ready to assist you). OK what is next?
Study up on this NOW so you do not make a rushed mistake on or before 31JAN2020 when you must choose your Platinum and Diamond Medallion (Diamonds get both fyi) Choice Benefits that you earned in 2018! Yes, 2018, NOT the current 2019 flying year that counts toward the 2020 Medallion year – clear on this? So the status you earned in 2018 Choices Benefits must be selected by the last day of January 2020 or they go away. I am NOT telling you to pick them right now but to do research on what you want so you can make a wise choice (now or before 31st January 2020).
A great many of us have either the (non-Delta) Amex Platinum card (learn more) and or the Amex Platinum Business card (learn more) for all the perks they offer. One of the perks is the annual $200 travel credits.
They used to work for gift cards on Delta.com. That has died but there are other ways to burn these credits like the fee for booking award tickets and more. Just check you have spent the entire $200 credit NOW so you are not scrabbling at year end (do you see a theme here?)!
It is always shocking to me how many allow their BOGO certs (See E22 post in the Essentials Tab) to expire each year from their Delta Amex Platinum or Reserve cards. The rule is simple – you have 1 year after issue to book AND to fly them. Why not check now if you have any (at Delta.com in your “My Wallet”) and check the expiration date. Remember, if you can not use them you can select ANY two people you want and they can pay with ANY Amex card (i.e. it does not have to be your card). Just don’t let these sweet certs expire!
The above is my checklist. Are there others on your list we can benefit from by applying in our lives as well? Please share them with us in the comments below. – René
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