Delta to the Rescue (Again)! Time to Stock Pile More Delta SkyMiles

Last week, I had the honor of attending my grandpa’s funeral.

We celebrated his 95 years of life.  He loved and cared for his wife who proceeded him in death.  He provided for and supported his children.  He was a Christian who was an encouragement to so many people he met.

When I heard that he passed away, I knew I wanted to be able to attend his funeral in Thessalon, Ontario.

Last year when my uncle died from medical complications due to a heart issue, I flew up to Sault Saint Marie, Michigan for the funeral.

That was when I first apologized for saying negative things about Delta.

Now, let me be clear. I’m not trying to be cold or calculated about these losses, but I do want to show you how miles and points can be extremely helpful during these times of loss and grief.  Next week, I’ll be posting on how to book last minute award travel.

Once again, I was thankful to have a small stash of Delta miles

Why Delta Miles Were Valuable for My Last Minute Trip

  1. Delta does not charge any additional fees for last minute award booking.  Had I used either my American miles or Untied miles, I would have paid an extra $75 per ticket.
  2. Delta is the only airline that flies into Chippewa Airport in Michigan.  Had I flown into either Detroit or Toronto, I would have been looking at a 6-7 hour drive after arrival.  Instead, Chippewa (CIU) is only a two hour drive.
  3. The redemption value provided a decent earning ratio.  To be clear, I would have gone to the funeral either way, but paid tickets from Denver to CIU we just over $800 per person.
  4. My wife was able to come with me.  Had I been paying $800ish for the funeral, there is no way we would have both decided to go to the funeral.  However, at 40,000 Delta SkyMiles and $10 each, the decision was a lot easier.

The only problem is that now I’m down to 10,000 SkyMiles, and my wife’s account has been reduced to 30,000.

For more information, here’s a general overview of the Delta SkyMiles program.

It’s time to restock.

How to Stock Pile Delta Sky Miles Quickly

Over the next few months I’ll be targeting offers 1 and 2 below.  That will get me back up to a reasonable Delta balance.

  1. Gold DeltaGold SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express - get 30,000 miles when you spend $500 in the first three months.  I’ve also been getting some targeted emails for around 45,000 miles so you might want to check you junk email to see if you’re targeted for a better offer.  Otherwise you can see your best offer here.  This card does have other benefits like free checked baggage and priority boarding.  The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year.
  2. Delta Platinum (personal and business) – 25,000 SkyMiles after first purchase and an extra 10,000 after spending $2,000 in the first three months.
  3. Delta Reserve – 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles.  $495 annual fee.
  4. The Platinum Card® from American Express - 25,000 Membership Rewards when you spend $2,000 in the first three months.  This card has the big Platinum annual fee ($450) with all the valuable benefits.  Points transfer to Delta.
  5. The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN Business – get up to 25,000 American Express Rewards points for spending $5,000 in the first three months.  This card has the big Platinum annual fee ($450) with all the valuable benefits. Points transfer to Delta.
  6. Marcedes-Benz Platinum – similar benefits to American Express Platinum mentioned above. Points transfer to Delta.
  7. American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card
  8. American Express® Gold Card 
  9. Any other credit cards that offer American Express Membership Rewards Points since points transfer to Delta.

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