I earned 100k Delta points about 8 years ago traveling for work when I lived in one part of the country that Delta was the main provider for. I haven’t flown Delta since, their flights are suboptimal for where I currently live, I am not planning any international travel for at least a few years, and I’ve been slowly watching my 100k points devalue over time.
Is there any transfer options for Delta points? The last time I investigated it, I wasn’t eligible and only Delta AMEX CC holders were eligible. Perhaps I’ll open a Delta AMEX card, do a little MS for the bonus, transfer my 100k points to “something” and then not worry about it.
I’ve considered selling the points through a broker since if I get caught and have my account closed, it’s not a big deal since I don’t use them anymore, but there’s a chance a new job in 10 years might have me using Delta and it would be bad if I had a lifetime ban from earning more points.
I’ve also considered burning Delta points for my next personal trip or two, but I prefer Southwest since I have status with them and it seems really simple to book reward points with Southwest compared to the other airliners. Also, my personal travel is always uncertain and SW lets me cancel flights at the last minute before take off and my reward points get refunded. I don’t think any of the other airliners are as generous. I also have so many Southwest points that I cashed out $2k worth of Amazon Gift Cards recently because by my estimates, I have enough SW points to travel for free for the next decade given my relatively small need for personal travel and I didn’t want to watch them devalue.