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Airlines and Star Wars: A Love Story. Plus, A Record Number of People Stung by String Rays in California!

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Airlines looooove them some Star Wars (and who can blame them?). Meanwhile, my kid is never getting into the ocean here in California.

We’ll introduce you to those topics and more. But for our warmup act, here’s a quick recap of this week at Rene’s Points!

Only two months reamin until 2020! René discussed some of the Delta happenings that surprised him this year — and others that didn’t.

I discovered SkyMiles Select counts (for now) toward your Amex airline incidental credit. We’ll have a couple of ways that Amex airline incidental credit still works for Delta purchases. Look for that post early to midweek. Don’t tell René but I purchased a first class upgrade just to see if it works. (So far: no.)

The Platinum Card from American Express.

Delta is trading plane tickets for basketball tickets. Score?

Don’t forget to check your American Express cards to see if you were targeted for the $5 and/or 500 Membership Rewards points gas station offer.

A Delta passenger with measles from Amsterdam to PDX may have infected fellow passengers.

Need a new rollaboard? As of post time, this deal we blogged earlier this week is still alive!

Several Delta Amex limited time offers expired this week. But the business card offers decided to hang around. And you can find some good personal/consumer card deals if you hunt around. We updated our links to reflect the best deals we found available right now.

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card 

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card 

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

Delta Gold American Express CardDelta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card 

We analyzed several Delta Amex benefits this week including:

Do you have an Amex Platinum (consumer) and/or Gold card? Remember that monthly Uber Cash and food credits renewed yesterday for those respective cards.

Mileage Runs

A couple of great mileage runs to London popped up this week: one from Orange County, and another from LAX.

We post runs as we find ’em. But if you need a certain amount of MQM, MQS, or MQD (or something with another airline) do not wait around and hope we find your perfect run.

Contact Juicy Miles for your perfect miles redemption or mileage run!

Drop a line to the mileage run team at Juicy Miles. I know a couple of their mileage run people and they are amazing.

Yes, Juicy Miles charges a (well-earned) service fee — but what they create for you personally might easily save you the time and money of positioning to another run.

Delta News

A few other Delta Air Lines topics came across my screen this week.

Delta’s first new concourse at LaGuardia opens; a milestone in $8B airport rebuild

Flight attendants union launches organizing campaign at Delta

ACVB Hall of Fame: Ed Bastian sees airline as front door of Atlanta

Stingrays are seen during a snorkeling expedition on a Tahiti honeymoon.

Other Travel News

Stingrays! Sci-Fi! Haunted mansions! Put ’em all together and you have a good ending to Halloween week!

Record 176 people stung by stingrays at popular California beach in one day

Why Do So Many Airlines Have Star Wars Partnerships?

When We Had Dinner Inside Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion

LAX Airport Found a Way to Make Ride-Sharing Even Worse

Three flight attendant unions voice alarm after 737 MAX hearings

They have our lives in their hands. So we asked an airline pilot how she takes care of herself.

Another Thank You

As I mentioned earlier this week, my family and I thank you who asked about our safety during the Southern California fires. We’re out of harm’s way (thank goodness). And thank you to our amazing first responders and fire crews.

Finally, thank you for another fun week on the blog.

— Chris

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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