Attention Delta Status Chasers: Amex Reserve Card Has a New Bonus

The Delta Reserve is a niche credit card. Many won't want to pay $450 for a card that earns solely Delta miles. But the Delta Reserve's ability to earn Delta redeemable miles is not why people should open this card.

The Delta Reserve Card from American Express comes with 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) for spending $3,000 on the card within three months of opening it.

Back to School Shopping Portal Bonuses

United, American, Delta, and Southwest are all offering bonuses for shopping through their portals. The bonuses are in addition to what you'd already be earning by shopping through the portal. Shopping portals allow you to earn miles by making your normal online purchases through your favorite online stores. Just by starting at the loyalty program’s portal and using its link to your favorite online retailer, you can get extra miles for your purchases.

With each back to school promotion, the more you spend, the higher your return is.

Hurry! Last Day to Get Delta 70k and 60k Offers!

Tomorrow (July 5, 2017), the Delta Gold card 60,000 mile offer and the Delta Platinum 70,000 mile offer end.

Credit card links have been removed from posts and added to the menu bar at the top of every page of MileValue under the heading Top Travel Credit Cards - Limited Time Credit Card Offers.

Both offers are the highest on record. It’s always important to apply for Amex cards when they have a historically high sign up bonus since you can only get the public sign up bonus on a card once in your lifetime.

Redeeming Delta Miles to Alaska (& How to Earn Them Fast)

In light of the fact that the Delta co-branded American Express cards (both Gold and Platinum) have enhanced sign up offers ending soon (on July 5), a little over a week ago you saw me dive into the reasons why I think SkyMiles are worth collecting.

One of the points I mentioned was for redemption on market standard/cheap economy awards.

Under Two Weeks Left For Delta Offers: Why SkyMiles & Why Now

On July 5, 2017, the temporarily increased sign up bonus offers for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards issued by American Express will end.
Why SkyMiles?
People like to call Delta miles SkyPesos, me included sometimes, especially when another unannounced devaluation occurs and I'm feeling resentful. That doesn't mean they're worthless though...every mile has its niche, including SkyPesos. And I've put my money where my mouth is. I've held a personal Gold card in the past and currently hold the business gold card.

Delta miles are good for specific reasons.

Delta Award Space to Europe is Awesome for September, Get a Free Roundtrip with This Card

Until July 5, 2017 the Platinum Delta credit card offers 70,000 bonus miles and the Gold Delta card offers 60,000 bonus miles.

Using Schedule Changes to Save on Re-Deposit Fees

While we're on the topic of United tricks, I thought I'd take the opportunity to remind you all of how to avoid the cancellation/re-deposit of miles fees typically collected on awards.

Normally canceling a United award and re-depositing your miles incurs a $200 per ticket fee if you don’t have United status.

Recently a reader wrote to us asking the following:
"I have held reservations on United since Sept 2016 for flying from Savannah to Copenhagen on June 1, returning June 13.

Delta Retracts Pricey Fuel Surcharges on Virgin Atlantic Awards

The frequent flyer community freaked out over the weekend when expensive fuel surcharges popped on Delta awards flying partner Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class from the United States to Europe.

Delta already collects fuel surcharges on partner awards that originate in Europe.

But out of pocket costs skyrocketed a few days ago to around $500 for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class awards originating in the United States, and everyone thought it was yet another unannounced dig from Delta because, well, it wouldn't be that surprising. Delta devalues their award prices all the time with no notice.

Amex Delta Cards Have Increased 60k & 70k Bonuses until July

Until July 5, 2017, the Gold Delta Card is offering 60,000 bonus Delta miles and a $50 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in your first three months.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Honolulu?

Update 5/15/17: I originally left out Virgin America award space from this post because we’d heard reports that First Class Virgin America award space showing up on alaskair.com was phantom. I tested to see if the award space was still phantom, and it's not, so I have updated this post to include info on Virgin America award space to Honolulu. The rest of the airlines' award space hasn't been updated but their patterns remain the same. 

Finding First Class award space to Hawaii is complicated.