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UPDATE: THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED With a HUGE HT to a reader and Dan’s Deals you can book some stunning PWM or Pay With Miles flights if you have a Delta AMEX card. For as little as 250 SkyMiles you can fly 1st class. You will earn ZERO SkyMiles but you will (or should anyway) earn MQMs with PWM (but in past tests you earned both as well as Crossover Rewards and even SkyBonus points if you are still in that program). You can book coach or 1st class and as long as the RT or one-way is under $284 it is pricing at just 250 SkyMiles! This will not last. I have not booked any of these and they may not stick. Time will tell. Heck, for 250 SkyMiles it is worth the effort to find a few deals! Keep in mind you can position to Canadian airports or…

Deep down I was hoping for another result. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond happy to get something compared to nothing and this kind of “enhancement” really is just that, a perk we did not have before. So I do give credit here for this improvement for 2015. However, we know from my 1st class test that spending your SkyMiles to fly will earn you points across the board just like “cash”. MQMs, MQDs, RDMs and so on – you earn them all. To me, it should be exactly the same for coach and 1st class tickets, but at least they have not “enhanced” away across the boarding earnings 1st class. So what about coach Pay With Miles from my Delta AMEX card. Just like my 1st class experiment I paid for almost all of the ticket with points resulting in a “negative” ticket price. The total price was…

Not that long ago I was challenged to test if burning Ultimate Rewards (UR) points from Chase Sapphire, Freedom and other cards would earn all Delta points when flying. So, I spent just under 20k and flew around all day on Delta jets (mostly on CRJ200s I hate to say) and was vindicated with my stand that they would do just that. I have also each year flown US Bank FlexPerks points on Delta and they earn full Delta points and just like UR points you qualify for upgrades etc. I have even this year earned full points under SkyMiles 2015 (lots of MQMs and clearly very few SkyMiles under the current system) for positioning flights and got $25 credit for buying a $50 Delta e-Gift card for my incidentals during the trip. Clearly, simple cards like Barclays Arrival and Arrival+ cards will earn you Delta points and Medallion perks…

I have some great news. First off, and maybe it is just me, but don’t you all think the strange and conflicting Delta wording for using Pay with Miles (PWM) from the Delta AMEX card is just a little bit like a Rube Goldberg machine? Plus, other than the MQMs, what they are displaying is flat out wrong, but more on that in a bit. Oh and it gets worse to begin with. Seriously Delta – you make my head just want to explode! If you try to click on the fare rule when trying to use PWM you get the screen above. Ugh. If this were not so sad, and typical Delta, it would be laughable. But enough of this – on to the good news! Two weeks ago Monday I had the distinct privilege of flying in 1A on the first scheduled 1st class Delta service from my…

Back in late December Delta announced on Delta.com a HUGE change that Pay with Miles (PWM) a perk of the Delta AMEX cards for coach tickets would earn points. How huge was this change? Really big as I outlined in THIS post that it was a ground shift of how we look at spending our Skymiles. This change was one of the few really good “enhancements” to Skymiles in a very long time. We know from past experience that 1st class travel with PWM does earn full points, that is Skymiles, MQMs etc. I even had a Delta CORP rep confirm that PWM in coach would earn ALL points in the same manner after this latest change. But now it seems, and I am still waiting for confirmation on this, we are moving from a positive change to yet another in a never ending string of #KeepDescending devaluations of the…

I posted the news that Pay With Miles (PWM), a perk of the Delta AMEX cards, as of the 24th of December was open to not just 1st class tickets but also to coach tickets. I also posted that it really shakes up the math of just when you should just take an award ticket and when you should at least think about buying the ticket instead. I also posted about an update from Delta about the bug that it is NOT displaying the correct information on Delta.com when you go to PWM. Frustrating – sure! Well Delta has sorta started fixing this information. Now if we take this itinerary and pay for it the numbers DO display correctly (just to be clear, I am NOT saying do this for this trip – just an example). And if we take $100 off with 10,000 Skymiles the MQMs stay the same…

We had great news back on December 24th when we first learned that as of 1JAN15 not just 1st class PWM or Pay With Miles tickets, a perk of the Delta AMEX cards but ALL PWM tickets would earn points for purchase. I even followed up with a post about how this really does shake up your choice to pay with cash or pay with points to earn valuable MQMs when the price for the ticket is close to the same amount (or less) than the award price. However, I have been getting a FLOOD of emails and tweets asking me please to confirm this. Why? Well as you can see from the shot in the opening, the wording on Delta.com is VERY CLEAR and unambiguous. We earn points. And when you book a ticket, and pay for it with MONEY you can clearly see how many points and such…

What a crazy day this has been. If you have not been following the DeltaMileageRun blog today you have missed out BIG TIME!. I booked an amazing mileage run out of DFW this morning and then a bunch of readers have been taking advantage of the many city deals to just about all points in Europe “attack fare” deals. Now thanks to Skymiles2015 and PWM or Pay With Miles when you have a Delta AMEX card (I know I cannot believe I am say this – but game on), and being able, according to Delta.com, to earn points when redeeming Skymiles even in coach on Delta metal, there are HUGE chances to earn MQMs. Plus, if you think about it, by spending $400-600-ish per ticket with miles you are basically redeeming your points at low level 1 or better for each round trip (ie. 40,000-60,000 RT)! Oh and you…

There are very few good changes that are coming to us with Skymiles2015. However, one positive change will be the chance to earn MQMs & MQSs & MQDs on ALL tickets, not just 1st class ones like now, starting next year. Delta.com now tells us: “For travel prior to January 1, 2015: Pay with Miles tickets booked in Economy Class are not eligible for mileage accrual and will not earn Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) or Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). BusinessElite®, First or Business Class tickets purchased through Pay with Miles are eligible for mileage accrual, MQMs and MQSs and will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total. For travel on or after January 1, 2015 (regardless of ticket purchase date): Pay with Miles tickets are eligible for…

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. First off I value my Skymiles at 2-4 cents each. Why this value? Because the main reasons I fly is to go see my family in Sweden; plus, when I go I want to go in business class. But, I cannot afford business class tickets so I need points to travel the way I want. Please know I am not trying to start a argument about just what any point is worth in real market value converted to cash etc. as the value of a point is very subjective from person to person. But, to some…

Today American Air has released their next year’s frequent flyer program. Much like Alaska’s program they are NOT going revenue based and even BRAGGING on twitter about that fact, that a mile is a mile and you have earned it by flying (in your face Delta and SkyDollars)! I have a BUNCH of AA points (like over 1 million) and plan to buy some 1st class tickets next year to fly and it will NOT be on Delta. With Delta I plan to only buy the cheapest tickets I can as they have not earned my loyalty dollars with the CRUSHING changes to Skymiles the worst of which is the end to free stopovers and open jaws on award tickets. But perhaps, and the point of this post, even WORSE than this is having the audacity to charge you for a “free ticket”. My friend and fellow BA Blogger Chris…

Good news for UBER fans in the Schaumburg area as you have a chance for some free rides this coming weekend the 18-20th. Looks like existing UBER users can register as well with code:  SCHAUMBURG I was able to have it take on mine but I doubt I will be able to use it. However, if you don’t have UBER you and I can  both get $30 off 1st ride if you like. Next, both BeFrugal and TopCashBack are currently offering 3% on AMEX gift cards. On an interesting note, eBates is up to 2%. Not saying you should buy from them but they have been stuck at 1% forever so do keep them in mind if the others drop down below 2%. Also the much blogged about GILT Delta 1st class fare deal from select cities, that was first going to award ZERO points, now may just pay out…

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