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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.

Delta’s “refresh” of their co-branded American Express cards kicked in early today. One of the major changes involves Sky Club access.

Some Delta Amexes received guest passes. Several saw hikes in entrance fees for cardholders and guests. Two cards completely lost lounge access.

So which American Express cards provide entry (complimentary or otherwise) to Delta Sky Club airport lounges?

Let’s break it down.

Two weeks remain in January. This is especially important for cardholders of the personal/consumer Platinum Card from American Express, the Business Platinum Card from American Express, and personal/consumer American Express Gold Card.

Why? Because this month is when existing cardholders may change their preferred airline for their card’s (or cards’) annual airline incidental credit. (New cardmembers applying later in the year can select their airline upon receiving their card.)

Which cards get how much credit each year? Does every airline participate? What charges are eligible? Let’s tackle those questions!

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