Delta SkyMiles


Just a quick reminder that February’s a short month and only a few days remain to take advantage of your monthly card benefits.

American Express this year announced both temporary and permanent statement credits and cash deposits across 15 cards. (Remember that these statement credits and cash deposits expire if they’re not used.) And it could be a shame if you let them go to waste.

So let’s run down what’s out there.

My wife, in-laws, and I were all just invited to a wedding during fall 2021. We’ll likely bring our young daughter and another relative to keep an eye on her while we enjoy a couple of nights celebrating the lovely couple.

And, wow, the Delta Amex Companion Certificates will come in handy for that trip. We’ll save a bunch of money on flights — but which card will we use to buy the paid portion of each reservation?

After all, you don’t need to use a Delta American Express card when booking a Companion Certificate trip.

After Delta’s most recent SkyMiles devaluation, it seems the airline is inching closer toward points being worth about a cent each — at least when it comes to booking travel, award trips be damned.

I wrote the other day about Pay With Miles tickets being almost as appealing as some award bookings. Those are trips where SkyMiles can be redeemed for a penny each (in 5,000-point/$50 increments) toward the purchase of an eligible flight. Plus, they earn full MQM and MQS.

Reader Mike, though, opined something interesting.

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.

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?