Choice is good. It is amazing to me how many choices we have with the Delta branded AMEX cards.
The GOLD personal Delta card is good for the 30k points, low spend needed, Zone 1 boarding, 9 free bags and for the 20% discount on food / drinks on-board but NO LONGER included any kind of discount travel companion certificate.
However the Delta Platinum with it’s non-waived $150 fee and 20,000 (25,000 if you add 2 free users) Skymiles bonus for does come with more perks. In addition to the 5,000 MQM’s you get, one of the great benefits of the Platinum card is the free coach companion ticket while the Gold does not.
To get to it you must go to DELTA.com and then go to: skymiles / manage my account
Then click on Manage Profile then at last Certificates & eCredits! Then you will see the list of all the certificates of any kind you have including the one from your AMEX card.
You then simply click the box to select it and pick where you want to go.
Now some good info about these. As you can see below, if I want to use mine to go on a ski trip, I as primary will earn MQM and RDM’s ( medallion qualifying miles and redeemable (ie Skymiles) miles ) but my bride will not! We will NOT be able to get upgrades but other medallion benefits are extended to us.
Now another kool thing is if you do not plan to use it, you can buy a ticket for two of your friends to use as you can see below ( note your friends DO NOT get your medallion benefits or free bags ):
Per the T&C, you MUST pay for the ticket with your AMEX card but friend #1 will earn miles and friend #2 will not. Also, if YOU are part of the SKYBONUS program I talked about here, as you can see from the photo above, YOU will earn Skybouns points for their trip!
So do not let these things go to the trash if you don’t use them. Either “give” your friends them or provide a great gift to someone you love! And if you are thinking about a Delta AMEX card, be sure you keep the value of free companion ticket in mind before you pick the card that is right for you! – René
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