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Delta removes Miles Boost bonus from Gold SkyMiles American Express

by on Sun August 14, 2011 • 4 Comments

Delta SkyMiles Gold American ExpressWhile Delta recently added a couple of benefits to its base Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express — priority boarding in Zone 2 and a discount on in flight meal and beverage purchases — it has decided to eliminate a couple of long standing benefits effective January 1, 2012.

  • MilesBoost will be gone. This offered 10,000 bonus miles each year you spent $25,000  or more on the card
  • Pay with Miles will also be removed. This allowed you to pay for trips with a combination of miles and cash. We were never big fans of this feature, we think it’s a pretty low yield on your miles, and you can do better than the 1% return on points it offers.
These features will remain available on the higher priced Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express and Delta Reserve American Express.
The changes may be a sign Delta is having trouble handling the demand for reward seats on its flights — it has among the lowest rates of success in booking mile tickets at the low mileage level. The Gold card remains a decent choice for people who fly Delta 2-3 times per year or more and don’t have elite status, as the checked bag fee waiver makes up the annual fee in one roundtrip for two people.

Alternatives to earn Delta miles

Alternatives to earn Delta miles include American Express Membership Rewards credit cards, including the Premier Rewards Gold credit card, and Platinum Card. Each of these allows you to instantly transfer miles to Delta 1:1 instantly, along with several other airlines.

In addition, the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express lets you transfer miles 1:1 to Delta, though it’s not instant. It usually takes about a week. This card enjoys a lower annual fee of about $65.

You can also pay a higher annual fee for one of the premium Delta Airlines credit cards, and retain the miles boost and pay with miles features.

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4 thoughts on Delta removes Miles Boost bonus from Gold SkyMiles American Express

  1. LifelongFlyer

    The Delta/Amex Gold was actually not the greatest deal out there. You had to pay $99 annually for the card, and in order to use the companion ticket, you had to pay at *least* $50 in fees. The Delta AX Platinum card is a flat $150, and maybe $5 in fees for the companion ticket. It’s a win-win, and you get to still to the Miles Boost Bonus.

    The only benefit was for Gold, the Miles Boost Bonus was lower amounts like annual spending of $15K or $20K to quality, versus the $25K for Platinum.

  2. MAC

    20% off In-flight savings on over priced products and Priority seating in a stuffy cabin is not a benefit. I would rather have 10K Sky Miles


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