Daily Points: Major Delta Amex Changes; Flying Blue Promo Rewards

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Happy Thursday. Here is your miles, points, travel, and deals news for February 1, 2024:

Big Delta Amex Changes

American Express completely revamped its Delta SkyMiles credit cards. Here are the big changes:

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card:

  • Annual fee increases from $99 to $150.
  • New benefits:
    • $100 Delta Stays credit (on prepaid hotel or vacation rentals booked via Delta.com)
    • $200 Delta flight credit after spending $10,000 in a calendar year (up from $100 Delta credit)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

  • Annual fee increases from $99 to $150.
  • New benefits:
    • $100 Delta Stays credit (on prepaid hotel or vacation rentals booked via Delta.com).
    • $200 Delta flight credit after spending $10,000 in a calendar year (up from $100 Delta credit).
  • Slight Change: 2x Shipping and Advertising are now each capped at $50,000 in spending each year.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

  • Annual fee increases from $250 to $350.
  • New benefits:
    • Up to $120 annual Resy credit ($10 per month at U.S. Resy restaurants).
    • Up to $120 annual ride-share credit ($10 per month on U.S. Uber and Lyft purchases).
    • $150 Delta Stays credit (on prepaid hotel or vacation rentals booked via Delta.com).
    • Companion certificate can now be used for Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean, in addition to Mainland US.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

  • Annual fee increases from $250 to $350.
  • New benefits:
    • Up to $120 annual Resy credit ($10 per month at U.S. Resy restaurants)
    • Up to $120 annual ride-share credit ($10 per month on U.S. Uber and Lyft purchases)
      $200 Delta Stays credit (on prepaid hotel or vacation rentals booked via Delta.com)
    • 1.5x miles on transit, U.S. shipping, and purchases of $5,000 or more (up to $100,000 per year)
    • Companion certificate can now be used for Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean, in addition to Mainland US.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

  • Annual fee increases from $550 to $650.
  • New benefits:
    • Up to $240 annual Resy credit ($20 per month at U.S. Resy restaurants).
    • Up to $120 annual ride-share credit ($10 per month on U.S. Uber and Lyft purchases).
    • $200 Delta Stays credit (on prepaid hotel or vacation rentals booked via Delta.com).

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

  • Annual fee increases from $550 to $650.
  • New benefits:
    • Up to $240 annual Resy credit ($20 per month at U.S. Resy restaurants)
    • Up to $120 annual ride-share credit ($10 per month on U.S. Uber and Lyft purchases)
      $250 Delta Stays credit (on prepaid hotel or vacation rentals booked via Delta.com).
      1.5x miles on transit, U.S. shipping, and U.S. office supply stores.
Delta Airlines Plane Taking Off

Air France Flying Blue Promo Rewards

Every first of the month Air France KLM Flying Blue includes a list of discounted awards that you can book during the month. 

Below is the list of the long-haul February 2024 Flying Blue Promo Awards for travel until July 31, 2024. You must book by February 29, 2024.

KLM:

  • Economy: Amsterdam to/from Austin (15,000 miles) and Curacao (18,750 miles)
  • Premium Economy: Amsterdam to/from Mexico City (26,250 miles), Paramaribo, Suriname (30,000 miles).
  • Business: None.

Air France:

  • Economy: Paris to/from Los Angeles (15,00 miles), San Francisco (15,000 miles), Beirut (15,000 miles), Fort de France (18,750 miles), Hong Kong (18,750 miles), and Johannesburg (18,750 miles).
  • Premium Economy: None.
  • Business: None.
Air France A380 in the sky

La Compagnie Sale

La Compagnie is an all-business class airline offering US and European flights. To celebrate Valentines’ Day they are having a special sale for couples:

  • Newark (EWR) to Milan (MXP) or Paris (ORY) for $3,800 per couple ($1,900 per person)
  • Newark to Nice (NCE) for $4,800 per couple ($2,400 per person). 

You have to book by February 14th, but you can fly until December 31, 2024.

Business class to Europe for $1,900 is a really good deal, especially if you live in the New York City area.

Deals and Points News

  • Reminder: Today is Bilt’s Rent Day offering a 75% to 150% transfer bonus to Aeroplan, double points on spending, and trivia for points. Here are the answers for Trivia. I am planning on transferring 225,000 Bilt points, which converts to over 500,000 Aeroplan points.  
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards has a 60% transfer bonus to IHG One Rewards until March 1, 2024, but I would not recommend it since even with the bonus, you are only getting about 1.0 cent per point in value.
  • Marriott’s monthly Bonvoy Escapes sale was announced saving you 20% when you book by February 5th and stay between February 5th and 25th with promo code QRI.
  • JetBlue has a 70% bonus on purchased points equaling 1.32 cents per point through March 31, 2024.
  • Reminder: If you have a Bank of America debit or credit card, you can get into many museums for free this weekend (and every first weekend of the month).
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