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American Express Delta 50% Bonus and 25,000 MQM Update

Jan. 25, 2011
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American Express Delta 50% Bonus and 25,000 MQM Update
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So if you don't know, there are two concurrent American Express Membership Rewards to Delta transfer bonuses.

Everyone is eligible for the 30% Bonus (expires March 31, 2011) .

First time US transferees are eligible for 50% plus 25,000 MQMs when transferring 50,000 or more points (expires May 31, 2011). If you need Amex points, you can get 50,000 for spending $1,000 within three months with the Amex Platinum card ($450 annual fee).

To confirm that your account is registered, log into your Skymiles account and then go to Skymiles -> Manage my account -> View my Skymiles promotions. If you are paranoid that you won't get the credit, take a screenshot and save it so you can show you were registered.

Some people on Flyertalk have reported getting both the 30% bonus AND the 50% bonus & 25k MQMs. It seems if they registered first for the 30% bonus, then the 50%, let them sync up for a day or two, and then did the transfers; the bonus miles/MQMs posted instantly. I can't guarantee that method will work, but it's worth a shot.

If you are "not eligible" for the 50% bonus because you've done a transfer in the past, then you can simply create a new Skymiles account, under a random name or for a family member/friend. Note: you won't be able to combine miles (unless you want to pay transfer fees or risk an account audit), but you will be able to take advantage of the 50% (and possibly 30%) bonuses.

So if you already have Medallion status, do something nice and set your family member/friend up with a Skymiles account and transfer the 50,000+ points. Then book your award from that account since you can book award tickets for anyone, and your family member/friend has Silver elite status (free bags, priority seating, upgrades, mileage bonuses, etc) until February 2013. Not a bad deal!

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