Delta reduced its thresholds for earning elite status for the rest of 2021. Premium cabin fares receive 75% fare class bonuses on MQM, MQD, and MQS. Meanwhile, Main Cabin and Basic Economy earn 50% bonuses. Pay with Miles tickets are included.

Heck, even traditional award tickets can earn points/miles/segments toward Delta elite status this year!

Several cards offer incentives to use their travel booking services to purchase trips and redeem points to offset some or all of your purchase prices. (Think American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Those trips are considered paid, cash fares because Amex, Chase, or whoever cuts a check to the travel provider. So using Delta as an example, you’d earn MQD, MQS, MQM, and redeemable SkyMiles.

Given that some card programs make points more valuable when you redeem them through their programs, those cards can help you save money during your Delta status chase (no credit card pun intended) this year.

Let’s take a closer look using a few examples.

Nearly all of the co-branded Delta American Express cards offer various travel benefits. One of them is “Priority Boarding.”

The perk can be quite valuable to some people for those with elite status. It’s even more beneficial for folks without elite status and who fly on Basic Economy tickets.

Some folks think “Priority Boarding” means “Sky Priority” (it doesn’t).

So let’s examine the benefit in a little more detail — especially because of the Delta Amex welcome offers expiring soon.

The Companion Certificate benefit that comes with four Delta Amex cards is an excellent way to save money on trips you take with someone.

But I know plenty of people whose Companion Certificates go unused every year. Maybe they’re too busy to use the certs, don’t have a large circle of family or friends with whom they can travel, or they just plain ole forget.

However, there are few ways that may help you — and others — use a Companion Certificate.

Delta’s blocked middle seats policy will expire on April 30. That was part of the news announced yesterday along with some great MQM, MQS, and MQD bonuses.

Some people are understandably nervous about getting back on planes. But if you’re really concerned about physical distancing and need an open seat next you on Delta flights, we have a solution that might help you.

Many people are starting to see at least a faint light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Some budgets are returning, a few trips are being planned — and people are interested in their points arsenals again!

We’ve seen a significant uptick in emails asking our guidance about various credit cards. So now’s a great opportunity to examine the three business flavors of Delta Amexes!

If you’re like me, you enjoy seeing side-by-side comparisons of products when trying to decide which is the best for you. I figure this is a great chance for us to look at the major differences and similarities between all four cards.

For people who’ve held at least one of these cards, we’d love to hear your input: which cards you like, ones you didn’t, which benefits were the most useful, and which didn’t really live up to your expectations.

Even if you currently have a Delta credit card, you can apply for one you haven’t already held — and still be eligible for its welcome offer. For example, if you hold the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card but want to pad your SkyMiles account, the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card‘s welcome offer could look very tempting (especially considering that card’s annual fee is waived the first year).

If you’re thinking of applying for one of the cards — or even just reevaluating your overall credit card strategy — I hope this makes your decision easier.