As I posted the other day, one of my absolute favorite travel cards for all its perks and points is the non-Delta Amex Business Platinum card. This is a card anyone can get as to me it is worth every penny of the annual fee. That includes one of the big perks, that is, $200 in annual travel credits to an airline of your choice. I tend to fly Delta so I choose Delta each year and like locking in the value of this credit ASAP.
Well one reader contacted me on the very last day of 2017 saying they had yet to spend all of their credits and what should he do? Hello – a bit late at that point. To me the smart thing to do is lock in the credits in the form of an e-credit that per Delta Air Lines never expires. Thus I simply do this:
As you can see from the very top of this post I buy, on 4 separate transactions, a $50 e-Gift card to myself. I put in my name and my e-mail and am sent the code. Spending done for the year and as you can also see the credits do come fast once you have selected Delta as your airline of choice for travel credit (or have left it from years past).
Now some complain / gripe / whine that this is not that valuable of a perk because Delta limits you to 3 gift cards maximum per ticket (plus a credit card). While I agree that is frustrating, especially when other airlines have much higher limitations of number of gift cards per ticket, but there are some workarounds for Delta flyers. One simple way is to book a round trip as two one-way tickets instead. Many times the price is exactly the same as two one-way tickets vs. one round trip. Thus, booking this way, you are able to use up to 6 gift cards for one person. There are other more creative ways as well but this tip is the most simple one.
Bottom line is we have tested proof that, as in years past, this does work to lock in a huge perk from the non-Delta Amex Business Platinum card! – Rene