There are two travel cards I value more than all others as a Delta frequent flyer. The first, despite the hefty annual $450 fee, is the Delta Reserve card. Clearly Delta values those who hold the card as well as those who spend a large amount of money each year on this card.
Beyond that the value of the relationship with AMEX is one of the most lucrative that Delta has and that enriches $DAL shareholders. I like this arrangement very much and am happy to “play” along to enjoy and benefit from the partnership including bonus MQMs each year, more upgrades and more.
The next card that just keeps getting better and better each year, not in a small part due to the “death” of SkyMiles is the non-Delta AMEX Platinum Business card. Not only does it provide so much value in travel but also in all the other perks like:
- 35% Points back on 1 airline of choice bookings
- Centurion club access (for you and +2)
- 10 International Gogo passes
- Priority Pass individual membership
- Sky Club access day of travel
- Gold SPG & Hilton status
- Every 5 years $100 Global Entry + PreCheck credit
Plus much more!
….and the key to this post a $200 in incidentals credit. If you have selected Delta as your preferred airline, like I have, then one of the nice choices to lock in this credit is buying $50 Delta e-Gift cards. I have tested, like I do every year, both $100 and $50 ones and the only ones that do work are single purchase $50 cards (either digital or physical cards) like last year.
Bottom line is there is real value, not just in the sign-up bonus points (after minimum spend), but in holding the non-Delta AMEX Platinum Business card and I am again pleased that I can use this perk to offset $200 of the yearly fees on Delta tickets (via gift cards) that I will be paying for anyway! – René
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