The Platinum Card from American Express


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.

Any plans to travel late this summer or fall? Booking flights and hotels for winter travel season yet? Well, now is the time start earning enrollment bonuses — and use credit cards points to book holiday travel. Here are some of the best travel credit cards and cashback card welcome bonuses available right now! Chase Sapphire Preferred Card The Chase Sapphire Preferred is great for several reasons. Its current welcome bonus of 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (after you spend $4000 within the first three months of being approved) equates to about $750 in travel when redeeming through Chase’s travel portal. Chase Ultimate Rewards are transferrable more than a dozen hotel and airline partners. The card earns double points on dining and travel (one point on everything else). The welcome bonus easily offsets the Chase Sapphire Preferred’s $95 annual fee. Not to mention, you’ll receive access to the Luxury…

During the long, holiday weekend, American Express released an Amex Offer for Delta flights: spend $200, get $40 back. But be wary of almost a dozen disqualifiers. I received the offer on my Platinum Card from American Express (learn more). My American Express Gold Card (learn more) and Business Platinum Card (learn more) from American Express OPEN did not receive the offer. (Which is fine because my personal Platinum card earns 5x Membership Rewards points on flights purchased directly through Delta!) So before you buy gift cards, treat seatmates to rounds of cocktails and Flight Fuel on a flight to anywhere, or guest your family into a Sky Club, read these little caveats. This is a big one: this Amex Offer for Delta purchases is valid only for flights whose destination is either: Boston (BOS) Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Seattle (SEA). So if you’re looking for a reason to visit one of…