1. Your Platinum Card’s Membership Rewards will drop in value for Pay With Points redemptions on February 15, 2013 from 1.25 cents to 1 cent. This is pretty close to not being newsworthy, since Pay With Points is a bad deal at 1.25 cents. I’d rather transfer to Avios, Hawaiian Airlines, or even top off a Delta account before buying a cash ticket with Membership Rewards.
The Points Guy reports that you can call AMEX to cancel your Platinum card until December 30 at 800-525-3355 and receive a prorated refund of the $450 annual fee. My understanding of AMEX annual fees is that you can always call to cancel them and get a prorated credit for the “unused portion” of the annual fee.
2. Lucky reports Delta will no longer charge the approximately $300 surcharge for award tickets originating in Europe. There was never a good reason why New York to Paris roundtrip was $100 in taxes, and Paris to New York roundtrip was $400 in taxes.
Last week I reported that Delta is no longer collecting fuel surcharges on Virgin Australia awards, so Delta’s miles are inching up in value (from a low base.)
3. Last Friday’s winner of the gogo pass was Joanna. Lucky her: she can read MileValue for free from 35k feet. Last Friday, there were only 15 commentors, so the chances of winning are pretty good.
Comment below for your chance to win a single-flight gogo internet pass that expires 12/31/12.
Gogo internet is available on select planes on Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.
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