This week is a reader request; the timing of the request is perfect with the killer MQM deal from the business Delta Platinum card that is live (they say) until 07JULY2013! But what about the rest who do not run a business? Is either the personal or business Delta AMEX Platinum really a 5th tier medallion class, that is Bronze Medallion? Let’s look at this and, as always, the rules for SWAG Saturday can be found HERE.
I will use a side by side comparison to look at the lowest Delta Medallion Silver or “FO” level compared to the Delta AMEX Platinum card. These are perks they either share or one has and the other does not. It does not take into account all the extra perks the card gives you like 1 year extended warranty on most purchases and other perks as well and to be fair those perks do factor into the final equation. But let’s take a look:
So what do we see from this chart? The first thing is to answer the question is an FO status better than a Delta AMEX credit card? Clearly YES and to me just no comparison for what is important to me, that is upgrades and the ability to pick exit row seats. But look at all the places the card WINS or ties an FO! Also, FO DOES get access to more low level award seats while the card *sometimes will give you more low level award seats, but not always! Getting ZONE 1 boarding is HUGE if you don’t want to end up being forced by a Delta gate agent to check your bag (happens all the time btw by the time they get to zone 2 or 3). Plus, the BOGOF for the $150 fee vs. flying 25,000 miles is impossible to dismiss as well as Skyclub access when needed for just $25 per visit.
Can we thus declare a clear winner? I think we can. If you are a medallion of any level you need to add a Delta AMEX card either this one or the Reserve card. As talked about Thursday if you only fly Delta a few times a year then only having the card works just fine!
So what about the SWAG giveaway? Simple. Just comment what you think of my breakdown. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Have other thoughts on if one or the other is better or both? Comment (on the blog) for a chance to win a set of iGo noise canceling headphones as well as the grand prize on the way in July! – René
PS – Due to BoardingArea upgrades the giveaway
will be Monday night late!
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