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Just a friendly reminder that today (May 31, 2011) is the last day to transfer 50,000+ American Express points to Delta in order to get the 50% transfer bonus and 25,000 MQMs.
Is this a good deal? Generally, yes. You won’t see a better transfer bonus. In the past they generally range from 10-40% and only a handful of times do have they ever awarded Medallion Qualifying Miles as well. If you value Delta elite status (domestic upgrades, mileage bonuses, free exit row/premium seats, better customer service), then I would say go for it.
However, if you aren’t familiar with how to use Skymiles (and the quirky online award calendar), then I’d make sure you have an award in mind before transferring. Delta is like no other program in that they have three award tiers – low, medium and high, and the online engine that prices awards is for the most part broken. Piecing together an award can take a lot of time and research, so you’ve been warned! For those who need some help, I put together a couple tips for using their Skymiles.
I have no idea what future transfer bonuses are planned, but I’d be very surprised if they were more lucrative than this one.