How Can the Delta Reserve Credit Card Reserve Cards from American Express Be Improved?

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Delta Air Lines jets at New York Kennedy JFK Airport

Delta American Express cards offer cardholders decent-ish benefits. But points earnings and other areas leave something to be desired.

Where are some areas Delta and American Express can improve its premium Reserve cards? Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: Positioning Trips to Start an Elite Mileage Run

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Rene's Points Rookie travel post.

Discovering a great mileage run deal from your home airport or city is always fantastic.

But what if you live somewhere like Omaha, Bismarck, or Casper — and most of the good runs begin in Chicago, New York, Vegas, or somewhere in California?

Take a positioning trip to wherever your mileage run starts!

While not ideal, it may be your only choice. (Don’t forget Adam at Juicy Miles can personalize an MQM or MQD run for you!)

“But that’s more time and money!” you may fear.

Time, yes.

Money? Maybe not. Or at least, not as much as you think. Using some points and credit card benefits, it can be done. Continue reading

Good News for Delta, Bad News for Medallions: Fewer Upgrades Available. How to Improve Your Chances

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First class in a Delta Air Lines 737.

During Delta’s quarterly investors’ call this week, mothership brass revealed a surge in premium seat purchases. But more cushy seats sold = fewer seats for Medallions to enjoy complimentary upgrades. Continue reading

Delta Amex Offer Elite Mileage Run: Nashville (BNA) to Seattle (SEA), Same-Day RT, 3954 MQM, 5.4cpm, $217

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A Delta Air Lines 767 is seen from the Delta Sky Club at Seattle SeaTac International Airport - SEA - in Washington state.

Fresh off posting about the Delta Amex Offer with ten strings attached, we found what appears to be a “compliant” mileage run! Continue reading

What AMEX card am I going for next? Super simple choice really (hint: 50k+$50)!

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Thanks for the FACTS AMEX! Most helpful.

I am constantly stunned how many times readers make simple mistakes that cost them so many points. The first mistake is NOT reading this post that, if you do screen shots, gives you the in print proof you need, that is, what cards does AMEX says you have ever had (since the new card bonus is now just 1x ever in your lifetime with AMEX).

The next major failing so many just dismiss out of hand are business travel cards. Notice a trend in my shot above and this is just from AMEX. Yep, I tend to gravitate towards business cards because the new card bonus deals can be a great way to really build my points needed and expand how many cards I can get each year. Let’s look at the current Delta AMEX gold cards for an example:

    Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (learn more)

    Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express (learn more)

My guess is most readers have had the personal AMEX Gold card sometime in their life (if not, you should really consider taking advantage of this amazing limited time offer). But I venture to guess most have NOT had the business AMEX gold card ever. In other words:

WAAAHOOOOO!

Good news for you – you can get in on the current deal. Even if you have had, or even recently applied for, any or ALL of the other 3 personal Delta AMEX cards you can get the new card bonus for any or all of the business cards right now! Keep in mind all 3 personal and all 3 business Delta AMEX cards are viewed as unique products so you can get bonus for each (but only once each ever). And that is where my choice of this round will come into play.

I have had my business Delta AMEX Reserve card (learn more) forever. I use it and run $60,000 a year on it. I enjoy the bonus MQMs and bonus SkyMiles I get from this spending. I get more upgrades by holding this card (including my wife soon). When I was not a Diamond the card got me into Sky Clubs. I use other ways to offset the fee each year. I could go on and on, but holding this card does NOT exclude me from getting the Delta AMEX Gold business card bonus of 50,000 points OFFER EXPIRED. Please learn about the current Welcome Bonus) as well as a $50 statement credit for buying just about anything onboard like a “Flight Fuel” cheese plate (any charge will trigger the full credit btw).

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…and I am approved – thank you AMEX!

The bottom line is I would be foolish, during the current promotion, not to take 50k points that I personally value at 1.5-2 cents each as well as the $50 credit all with no fee the 1st year! This is not really a hard choice at all when you think about it.

Are you taking advantage of all the points business cards offer you yet? – René