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axp_deltaIf you’re one of the million-plus people who have a Northwest Airlines WorldPerks credit card, take note: your plastic will soon be useless. The airline’s merger with Delta means the WorldPerks program will be going away by the end of August.

U.S. Bank, the WorldPerks issuer, is sending out replacement cards, but they’re not affiliated with the merged airlines’ frequent flier program. Instead, the so-called FlexPerks program will allow users to earn tickets on any one of 150 airlines. Just 20,000 miles buys a ticket, compared to 25,000 miles for most airline-affiliated cards, with no black-out dates.

Such travel rewards programs are often favored by less-frequent travels who prize their flexibility. But elite frequent fliers and others who want to maximize miles in the newly-merged airline’s frequent flier program might want to consider switching to the Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.

This co-branded credit card allows users to earn Delta frequent flyer miles with their spending, just as the WorldPerks card used to allow them to earn Northwest miles. As an incentive, Amex is waiving the first year’s annual fee and offering 25,000 bonus miles to new cardmembers.

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