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As I outlined in this post, I pretty much have our next 12-18 months of rewards travel mapped out. Yes, I am crazy. This includes where the miles will come from, and where they will be spent. I truly believe that like most things in life, having a plan or goal really helps the whole process go more smoothly. I’ve been ignoring an offer that I am now considering. Until May 31st American Express and Delta have teamed up to offer a 50% bonus when you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to the Delta Skymiles program. They are also granting elite status if you transfer a certain number of points. What this would essentially mean for us is if we transferred 50,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points into Delta’s program, we would receive 75,000 Skymiles plus their lowest tier elite status. As with most carriers, their domestic roundtrip flights start at 25,000 miles, so this would potentially give us 3 roundtrip tickets – perfect given the size of our little family.
Here’s the catch……in some frequent flier circles, Skymiles are affectionately dubbed “Skypesos”. Essentially meaning that they are worthless. They certainly are not worthless, but it does appear to be a bit harder to redeem for flights you want in their program than it has been for me with Continental. Some of that is probably just my lack of familiarity with the Skymiles program and some of it is that their website is notoriously unreliable when it comes to searching for reward flights. The last thing I want is a bunch of miles I can’t use! The other problem for us is that the city we are in is not a Delta hub, so we would likely have a connection when flying Delta. In case you haven’t flown with an infant or toddler, that is a big deal! Lugging all their gear, installing the car seat, getting them situated, making sure they are sucking/drinking on take-off and landing (to help with pressurization and it’s potential for sore ears), etc….. is hard enough on a direct flight – I shudder at the thought of having to do it twice just to get where we are going. One of the reward flights I found was Houston to Las Vegas via ATLANTA. Um, no. However, Houston to Burlington via Detroit doesn’t sound that crazy.
All that being said, as I am still about 35K miles off of my goal for the year, it is tempting to pick up 25K of those just by making a simple transfer into the Delta program. I do have several potential flights they could be useful for, but I just have not determined if the risk is worth the reward.
If you are interested, you can register for the Delta promotion here.
Then just log onto your online AMEX account and go to the Membership Rewards section. Here you can transfer directly from your Membership Rewards account to your Skymiles account.
Transfers are reportedly happening almost instantaneously. If you don’t yet have an AMEX with Membership Rewards, there aren’t currently any fabulous sign-up offers that I am aware of, but I will post when I hear about them. Standard offers are still available and I’d be happy to point you in their direction if you are interested. It is a great rewards program!
In other news, Little C is in the process of getting a new tooth. God help us all!