I admit, I didn’t think they were bringing this one back. It used to be, perhaps before 5 years ago, that every year there would be a 100% bonus on transfers from Diners Club to British Airways.
And then they reduced the bonus to 50%, but they brought it back every year. It was usually a summer bonus. And this year summer came and went, and no word. I thought it was the end of the line for this lucrative bonus, and said so on Flyertalk. They’ve been slowly killing the card for awhile now, losing partners and taking away benefits, and you can’t even apply for a new Diners Club card these days.
So I was pleasantly surprise to read the news today that the bonus is back (or is about to come back..): a 50% bonus on transfers between November 1 and January 31.
Transfers aren’t instant with Diners Club, but the bonus is lucrative enough for many to be worthwhile.
Meanwhile they’re also offering a bonus of ‘up to 35%’ on transfers to Delta between October 15, 2009 and January 15, 2010. No bonus for transfers less than 10,000 points. A 15% bonus transferring between 10,000 and 19,999 points. It’s 25% between 20,000 and 29,999. And 35% for transfers of 30,000 points or more.
To my mind, seriously not worthwhile to give up the flexibility of Diners Club points to get a bonus with Delta, with Skymiles the most difficult to use in exchange for reasonable value of any North American mileage program.