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I discussed in this post that AMEX Membership Rewards was having an AWESOME Delta promo that ends today, May 31st. Basically, if you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards to a Delta Skymiles account they will give you a 50% bonus. So, 50,000 Membership Rewards points becomes 75,000 Skymiles. That is my kind of math!! They also gave you Silver status if you transfer at least 50,000 points. Silver status can get you things like domestic upgrades (if you are super lucky). If Continental did a promo like this I’d be on it like a toddler on a Tootsie Pop, however I decided it wasn’t for me. There were three main reasons:
1. The city I live in is not a Delta hub, so flying Delta would mean we would need a connection for most destinations. In my pre-baby days that would be no problem, but in my current life that is an extra hassle we just don’t need.
2. The Delta Skymiles redemption search engine online is broken. You have to have lots of time and lots of patience to get the reward seats you want, IF they are even available. This mommy doesn’t have extra time or patience, so no go.
3. One of the biggest advantages of AMEX Membership Rewards points is their flexibility. They can be used for many different airline and hotel partners and it typically is best to leave them with AMEX until you are ready to book with an airline or hotel partner. None of the rewards flights we are looking to book are within the next 330 days (the furthest out you can book with most airlines), so we don’t really know if Delta will have seats on the flights we need. If we prematurely moved them out of the Membership Rewards program before we knew what we could use them for, then we would be losing the biggest Membership Rewards benefit – flexibility. Again, a no go for this mommy.
So, if the flight you need is within the 330 day window, if Delta offers a direct where you are going (or you are okey dokey with a connection), and you can get their search engine to function properly, and give you the flight you want, then hop on this promo in the next couple of hours!!! Whew, that was alot of if/ands/and buts. Seriously though, it really is a great deal for some people, just not for my family.