Membership Rewards to Delta Air Lines Transfers Ending
Well this isn’t the news I expected to wake up to this morning. Our friends Derrick and Rick at Travel on Point(s) tipped me off to some surprising news. I guess a member of their Facebook group saw a pop up when doing a Membership Rewards to Delta Air Lines transfer saying the option would be ending. They then dug through the terms and conditions of the Membership Rewards earning cards and found it acknowledged there. This seems to confirm the Membership Rewards to Delta Air Lines transfers ending later next month. We will try to get confirmation on what is going on from Amex though.
We all tried to get the pop up to come up with a transfer to Delta but were unsuccessful in recreating that. But the terms pictured above pretty much lay it out and give some confirmation to that.
It appears Delta Air Lines will no longer be a transfer partner of the Membership Rewards family on 8/31/21. And wouldn’t you just know that the small fee they charge to transfer is back. Just in time to hit up people that want to do a final transfer or two.
This would be a weird move between Amex and Delta Air Lines since they are co-branded credit card partners. They offer 7 different Delta Skymiles earning cards. If this is accurate, why would they end the transfer partnership? I am not sure on that. My best guess would be that Delta wanted more for their miles than Amex wanted to pay. I doubt this affects their co-branded partnership long term, which has multiple years left on the deal. It does seem strange to do it with a partner that offers your most popular cards.
We had questioned if Membership Rewards was ripe for a devaluation with these massive increased offers and the no lifetime language offers being given out like candy. If accurate, this is not at all what I would have expected.
I have reached out to Amex and will update once we hear if this is about transfer partners or something else.
As a big Delta lover and a bigger fan of Skymiles than most, will I be transferring some points over if it ends? It is unlikely outside of a small amount because the value is usually less than I can get by cashing out Membership Rewards with the Schwab Platinum (which is also devaluing soon). There are times when Delta has a great flash sale etc. and you can do better so I may beef up my account to 40-50K but that is about it.