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Over the last day or two, we saw a few rumors float around in the blogosphere. The rumors were about the potential exit of Delta SkyMiles from the American Express Membership Rewards program. Per posts on reddit and other blogs, there seemed to be an end date of August 31, 2021. Basically, the rumor was that Delta SkyMiles would cease to be a transfer partner for Amex Membership Rewards points past that date.

Amex Membership Rewards points transfer

However, as View From the Wing confirms in his blog post, the rumors were simply not true.

American Express tells me “the Delta SkyMiles program will continue to be an airline point transfer partner for the Membership Rewards program.”

The confusion probably popped up due to unclear language in Amex’s terms and conditions. However, these terms and conditions weren’t necessarily referring to the Delta SkyMiles program. On the contrary, the Amex Platinum Card (personal version) is slated to lose its Delta Private Jets discount benefit.

Moreover, one cannot really confirm if the screenshots showing the end date of August 31, 2021 while transferring Amex points to Delta SkyMiles are indeed genuine. I checked my Membership Rewards account as well as P2’s and saw no reference to any end date for Delta SkyMiles transfers from American Express Membership Rewards.

amex points transfer

No evidence that points transfers are about to end

The Pundit’s Mantra

After the initial rumors started floating around, I was still skeptical as I was expecting Amex to give an advance notice to all customers prior to ending a major points transfer partnership with Delta SkyMiles. An end date of August 31st would’ve been a notice of only about 7 weeks.

Delta SkyMiles aren’t as valuable as Amex’s several other transfer partners. However, you can still use them when Delta runs some of their flash sales for award tickets. I only intend to transfer my Amex points to Delta in a scenario when I’m looking to book a flight but I’m falling short by a few miles. For now, we can all breathe, Delta SkyMiles isn’t going anywhere.

A storm in a tea cup after all…

Hat Tip to View from the Wing


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