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First off, relax, you did not forget to pay your taxes (yet). This year, the date that matters is April 18th. In fact for the next two years the filing date is later than the 15th. This year, the reason according to WikipediA is: “Due to Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. (observed on the weekday closest to April 16), when April 15 falls on a Friday, tax returns are due the following Monday; when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tax returns are due the following Tuesday” So since you still have some time to pay, how are you going to do so? I get emails from folks, not just this time of the year, but all year long about how they can get some help to meet the MQD exempt spend on their Delta AMEX card either to meet the $25,000 yearly spend to be MQD exempt…

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. Delta has changed the rules for 2015 SkyMiles for award travel. To me, the biggest and worst crushing blow was the end of stopovers on awards. To be able to enjoy a few extra days at some Skyteam hub along the way was an AMAZING perk that is just gone now. Also gone with the end of stopovers is the chance to tack on an open jaw at the end of a trip, up to 11 months later, and basically get a free one-way trip. Again, another HUGE loss for value of SkyMiles 2015. But what has…

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. There are so many times I get emails from folks, not just at the first of the year, but all year long about how they can get some help to meet the MQD exempt spend on their Delta AMEX card. There are many ways that work very well that are either creative or just every day spending. The other day my fellow BA blogger Gary had a post that reminded me I need to rookie this topic. Since he is not a big Delta fan he did not touch on what is important to us as Delta…

  No one ever wants to think or talk about death. Maybe that is why most do not have a “Will”. Do you have one? I have had one since my early 20’s. I do not update it as much as I should but I have one. Today I have updated my Will with some important information. I have given instructions to my executor to log into my Award Wallet account. I have included my user name and password in my Will (per readers Amar idea in a letter with my Will), as with this my executor will have access to all my accounts on one page as well as any trips I have booked for the next year. Have you ever thought of the advantage of this use for Award Wallet? If you have 1+ million miles they are worth a ton but only if someone knows you have…

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Delta Air Lines announced yesterday it’s leveraging the SkyMiles loyalty program in order to secure $6.5 billion in funding.

The carrier crated an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary named “SkyMiles IP Ltd., a newly formed Cayman Islands exempted company incorporated with limited liability.” (This might explain why Delta chose the Caymans — in addition to it being a beautiful destination, of course.)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Kelly Yamanouchi reported the move allows Delta to turn down a CARES Act federal loan. This way, Delta “(avoids) surrendering more control in return for new federal money. It also highlights the airline’s ability to tap capital markets and the continued popularity of credit cards offering frequent flier miles despite a steep drop in air travel.”

Should we worry about SkyMiles?

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