Agreement provides Delta with more than $2 billion in combined incremental liquidity and contract enhancements
Agreement to result in expanded opportunities for American Express across Co-brand credit card, Membership Rewards, merchant services and travel
Delta Air Lines and American Express announced a multi-year extension of their exclusive Co-brand Credit Card partnerships, which commenced in 1996.
The companies also agreed to extensions of their other partnership arrangements, including American Express Membership Rewards, merchant acceptance and travel.
As part of the broad-based partnership agreement, Delta will receive an immediate $1 billion boost to its liquidity from a purchase of SkyMiles. Delta expects to receive an additional $1 billion from contract improvements through 2010.
In return, American Express will be able to grow the value of its Co-brand Cards and the Membership Rewards program. American Express Cardmembers will be offered expanded options for booking travel on the world’s largest airline. In addition, American Express will have the opportunity to increase merchant acceptance in more places in the Midwest region of the United States.
In late 2009, Delta plans to merge Northwest WorldPerks with SkyMiles to create the world’s premier airline loyalty program and a consolidated Co-brand Credit Card program. Northwest WorldPerks Co-brand Cardholders can continue to earn WorldPerks miles just as they do today on their U.S. Bank issued cards, and all WorldPerks miles earned prior to integration will be safe and transferred in full to Delta SkyMiles when the two programs are integrated.