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The Business Platinum Card from American Express released five Amex Offers giving cardholders up to 5X points when using their cards in certain categories. But given that consumer/personal Platinum Card from American Express members receive $30 in monthly PayPal credits through June, are the business flavor’s new promotions enough to satiate members?

This year was difficult for almost everyone — and the travel industry was no exception.

Delta Air Lines is the preferred carrier of most of this blog’s readers. While Delta certainly is not perfect, there are reasons most of us keep doing business with them.

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at this past year from a customer’s perspective and see where the mothership truly excelled — and other instances that weren’t so great.

A year-end tradition is fully underway here at the blog.

We’re hearing from readers who are concerned about reaching their Delta Amex Status Boost/bonus MQM thresholds before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Even if you didn’t qualify for status this year (or last, I guess), you might still be chasing MQM because all of them roll over to next year — regardless of Delta status level.

American Express and Delta teamed up for an Amex Offer awarding targeted cardholders 500 bonus MQM and SkyMiles each time a user spends $1,000 in eligible transactions. (The offer is valid through December 31, 2020, and can be used up to 25,000 bonus MQM and 25,000 bonus SkyMiles).

People have asked me when the bonus MQM post to their SkyMiles accounts after accruing $1000 in purchases.

So let’s take a look — and see when you can expect your bonuses to hit!

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?

The $95 annual fee recently posted to my Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card​. I have plenty of other Amex products better suited for my spending and award habits — and didn’t plan to renew the card.

But Amex pulls out surprises every so often when you place retention calls. I figured five minutes out of my day to see if any good retention offer were available could be worth time — and money.

A couple of my family members are understandably concerned about traveling during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. They recently booked a trip using the companion certificate from my Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express — and are now considering postponing.

They were curious about what would happen to their reservation if they do, indeed, forgo their trip.

So I contacted Delta for some answers.