All it takes is a spark. A tiny one. Those of us who have the sickness are like a bonfire just waiting for a match to strike. I hope as you read the blog I make you think now and then;
“Wait, what? I can do what and get how many points?”
I blogged a few weeks back (and Sunday as well) about how great the OPEN program is from AMEX. If you do not have, say, the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, part of OPEN from AMEX, you are just missing out on a bunch of points. Please go back and reread THIS post.
My latest “spark” came from Greg the “Frequent Miler” who I spoke with at the Ann Arbor DO. He said, you could be making many more points each year on NORMAL every day things. (that is all it took – fire was started). For those like me, we tend to go all-in, over the top, if a little is good then a bunch is better (but this can get me in trouble at times)!
So here is what I have done round trip now. I have my Officemax $100 gift cards (two of them)that with OPEN discount cost me just $90 each. I purchased a $200 visa card for only $6.95 in fees. I then paid my electricity bill online with the visa gift card and incurred a $2.95 fee. So you see the math. $9.90 is my all in expense. So net I made $10.10 and earned 200 SKYMILES and helped knock off $200 of my $60,000 spend goal for my Reserve card for the year to get the 30,000 MQM’s from the card (you can get 40,000 total first year btw with new card bonus deal).
For those who say this is just too much work and effort – GROW UP! Seriouly, please GET this! It may seem small, but my yearly bill for just electricity is $1500. Would you not like to be paid $75 per year and earn 1500 Skymiles each year just by paying your electric bill? Is it not worth checking if this is possible with your gas, electric, etc. company in your area?
My SPG 30,000 point Business AMEX is also part of OPEN, so I can use that card also if I want as a second source. I also found my “perfect rental” was charged a lower price than quoted due to the 10% Hertz automatic discount from OPEN (who knew – not me – but I do now)!
More and more I see the need to hold TWO Delta Reserve cards, both the personal and the business and to utilize both real and “fake” spend to reach the goal of $120,000 total on both to get 60,000 MQM’s toward retaining Platinum status each and every year!
SPARK? – René
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