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Delta Drops Expiration On Miles Rewards

More than a decade ago, Delta Air Lines teamed up with American Express to provide its frequent flyers a way to maximize spending.

American Express SkyMiles CardToday, AMEX offers a variety of Delta co-branded credit cards, all of which reward cardholders with miles they can use toward the purchase of an airline ticket.

Unfortunately, consumers who didn’t use their SkyMiles fast enough watched as they expired.

Good news for cardholders: Expired miles are a thing of the past.

Earlier this month, Delta announced it had eliminated its mileage expiration policy, making the credit card line more attractive.

The most popular airline card Delta offers is the Gold Delta SkyMiles card.

Apart from the excellent customer service and perks every card member receives, they also can expect:

  • 20,000 bonus miles after just one purchase.
  • One free bag check on every Delta flight (and for up to eight more members of your party).
  • No annual fee for the first year, a $95 value.

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles card includes all of the benefits Gold members receive (for an increased annual fee of $150), plus a few added benefits, including:

  • A complimentary companion coach ticket each year upon renewal.
  • 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after one purchase.

The Delta Reserve Credit Card is the king of the Delta product line, offering cardholders unparalleled rewards for an unparalleled price.

For the hefty price tag of $450 annually, cardholders receive:

  • 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after your first purchase.
  • Up to 30,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 30,000 bonus miles.
  • A complimentary first-class companion certificate each year upon renewal.

Now that miles never expire, perhaps it will be easier to redeem them for a free ticket.

Last year, an independent consulting company found that Delta could fulfill only 12.9% of the requests submitted for seats using the standard mileage levels.

Of the 22 airlines it tested, US Airways was the only one that fared worse, fulfilling only 10.7% of requests for frequent flyer seats.

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