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Finding it difficult to use your Delta miles? Here’s some good news!
Delta is adding more flights to Europe, Israel, Orlando, and more.
Find out if there’s a new route that fits with your travel plans!
Delta’s New Flights for 2016
Delta is adding new routes and seasonal flights in 2016. That’s great because you’ll have more choices and a better chance of finding award and paid seats.
Here are the some of the new flights you’ll find:
- Detroit to Munich, Germany, starting May 26, 2016, (6 times weekly)
- Los Angeles to Sun Valley starting February 13th, 2016, to April 7, 2016, (Once a week)
- Minneapolis to Rome, Italy, starting May 26, 2016, (Daily)
- New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv, Israel, starting May 26, 2016, (11 times per week)
- New York (JFK) to Edinburgh, starting May 26, 2016, ( Daily)
- Orlando to Sao Paulo, Brazil starting December 19, 2015, (4X weekly), and February 20, 2016, (Daily)
- Raleigh-Durham to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), starting May 12, 2016, (Daily)
- Salt Lake City to London starting May 1, 2016, (seasonal flights, Daily)
- Seattle to Boston starting April 4, 2016, (Daily)
- Seattle to Orange County starting May 1, 2016 (4X per day)
- Seattle to Orlando starting December 19, 2015, (Daily)
You can find even more seasonal flights to Europe here.
This is also good news for folks who have Citi ThankYou or Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s because you can use those points to buy nearly any flight with NO blackout dates through their travel portals!
You can buy paid tickets for 1.33 cents per Citi ThankYou point if you have the Citi Prestige through July 23, 2017. Or for 1.25 cents per point when you have the Citi ThankYou Premier card.
Need More Delta Miles?
1. 4 AMEX Delta Cards
You can earn an increased bonus of 50,000 Delta miles when you sign-up for the AMEX Delta Gold personal or small business card and spend $2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)
Plus, you’ll get a $50 statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase. This deal ends November 17, 2015.
The $95 annual fee is waived the 1st year.
Other Delta cards include:
- AMEX Delta Platinum – 35,000 Delta miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
- AMEX Delta Reserve – 10,000 Delta miles after your 1st purchase
We don’t earn a commission on the AMEX Delta cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
2. Transfer Starwood Points to Delta Miles
There aren’t many ways to earn Starwood points, which make them vary valuable. And when you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to airline partners like Delta, you’ll earn a 5,000 point bonus, for a total of 25,000 airline miles.
So Starwood points are an excellent way to get the extra points you need to book an award flight!
3. Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Delta Miles
You can also transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Delta.
Here’s a look at all the cards that earn AMEX Membership Rewards points:
|Personal Cards||Business Cards|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express||The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum||The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express|
|American Express® Gold Card|
|American Express® Green Card|
|Blue from American Express® Note: These are the ONLY AMEX cards that earn Membership Rewards points that can NOT be transferred to airline & hotel programs. But you can use these points on the Membership Rewards website for other redemptions. Includes personal AND small business versions of the card.|
But keep in mind, you’ll pay an excise fee of 0.06 cents per point, up to a maximum of $99.
Delta is adding new flights to places like Tel Aviv, London, Orlando, and Rome.
With more Delta flights, it should be easier to find open flights for paid and award tickets!
You can earn more Delta miles from the sign-up bonuses on AMEX Delta Gold personal and small business, Platinum, and Reserve cards. Or by transferring your Starwood points or AMEX Membership Rewards points.
Let me know if you book a trip on 1 of these new routes!
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