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American Express and Delta Introduce Pay With Miles Feature: Use Miles To Book Any Delta Seat, Any Time


New Feature of the SkyMiles® Program is Available Exclusively for Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express Cardmembers


NEW YORK (February 27, 2008) – American Express and Delta today launched Pay with Miles, an exclusive new built-in benefit for American Express Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers.  Pay with Miles offers Cardmembers added flexibility, allowing them to book flights on and use Miles to pay for all or part of a Delta ticket, with no blackout dates or inventory restrictions.


“We are delighted to partner with Delta to offer this new SkyMiles program feature exclusively to our premium American Express Delta SkyMiles Cardmembers,” said Pam Codispoti, senior vice president and general manager, American Express.  “We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Delta providing value to our mutual customers.  This exclusive feature adds unprecedented access to Delta flights using Miles, providing our Cardmembers with more flexibility and control over their travel and payment options.”


The Pay with Miles feature is an additional option that complements Delta’s existing award travel options.  Cardmembers can pay with Miles for any Delta seat, in any class of service, on any route.  Cardmembers can use all the Miles in their SkyMiles bank, not just those earned by spending on their credit card. 


To use the feature, Cardmembers log on to using their SkyMiles number and pin; search for the flights; and select the flight they desire with the Pay with Miles icon.  Once the itinerary is chosen, Cardmembers can pay for all of the ticket with Miles; or can pay for some of the ticket with Miles and the balance with their American Express Gold or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.  Pay with Miles can be used for multiple tickets on the same itinerary. 


There is no limit on the number of times the Pay with Miles benefit can be used, and there is no cap on the number of Miles that can be used.  No enrollment is required, and there is no fee to use Pay with Miles.


Pay with Miles pricing is flexible and is based on the base fares (not including taxes and airline fees). 


-         For base fares less than $100:

o       Redeem 25,000 Miles to get the flight for free.

-         For base fares between $100 and $249.99:

o       Redeem 10,000 Miles for $100 off the cost of the flight, or

o       Redeem starting at 25,000 Miles to get the flight for free.

o       Increase the redemption by increments of 5,000 Miles to cover the total fare.

-         For base fares between $250 and $999.99:

o       Redeem 10,000 Miles for $100 off the cost of the flight, or

o       Redeem Miles in 5,000 increments.  For every 5,000 Miles redeemed, Cardmembers will receive $50 off the cost of the flight to cover all or part of the total fare.

-         For base fares equal to or greater than $1,000:

o       Redeem 10,000 Miles for $100 off the cost of the flight, or

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