Would you burn 18,000+ Ultimate Rewards points to prove a point? I did, and even spent a day mostly on my favorite jet that is CRJ200s!
You see, as happens now and then, people put up posts on Flyertalk and think they know all the answers. Now when I don’t know I either go to Delta and get an answer or I test. Sometimes those at FT still think I am wrong, but I can rest easily knowing I have the facts right. I commented about a thread that the info was bogus and there was “nothing to see here – move along”.
That drew a sharp response from FTer “timmy83“ as you can see from the above. Now I knew deep down, even though I had not flow UR points myself, that Chase Ultimate Rewards would earn FULL credit with Delta including MQDs.
So I went ahead, at a horrid 11CPM, and purchased a day trip to Des Moines, Iowa. Why not. I mean lots of quality time on CJR200s is what I live for.
Much like when I buy a ticket with FlexPerks points, that incidentally also earn FULL credit with Delta including MQDs, shows up as purchased with a Mastercard. I was expecting to get 173MQDs for this trip.
So now I have flown it, and the points have posted, and I was off by one point as Delta rounded up the MQDs (so even 1 penny over will round up – sweet) and I ended up with 174MQDs and full Skymiles including my medallion bonus. Also, my fellow blogger MJ on Travel had a similar trip and also earned FULL points across the board so we have two data points in the same month btw.
So we have yet one more FT rumor debunked and know that if you pay with:
- A Capital one card (and then pay yourself back with points)
- A Barclay’s Arrival card (and then pay yourself back with points)
- A FlexPerks card and just pay for the ticket with points
- A Chase Sapphire card and just pay for the ticket with points
In all of these situations you will get FULL credit for your Delta trip. Will any of this change under Skymiles2015? I would not see any reason why it would.
The only possible thing that could happen, as HAS CONFIRMED happened with AMEX Travel, is that Travelocity, the booking engine they (UR & FlexPerks) uses to book Delta tickets, could start using consolidator fares. This is NOT the case now, but that could happen one day. Then the only way to be safe is use say the Barclay’s Arrival card and book directly at Delta.com to be 100% in the clear and still be able to redeem points for the trip. – René