After tomorrow, the buy one get one for $99+tax companion ticket from the Delta Gold personal and business card will be gone. The Platinum and Reserve card both will retain the buy one get one free+tax in coach and the Reserve in 1st class as well (all are for continental USA only). American Express has confirmed this date and on Delta.com the $99 GOLD card certificate benefit is no longer listed.
Keep in mind you will not get your certificate on any of these cards until year TWO when your card membership fee is billed (no fee on both Delta GOLD cards for year one). So next year this time, you will then have up to 1 year to both book and complete travel with the certificate.
Are these certificates a good deal? I use mine each year I can (I can only take so many vacations)! I just got back from a trip to Denver skiing and saved myself $200 for the second ticket, but depending on the price of the 1st ticket your savings can be much higher or even lower. To learn more about these and some restrictions and options you can see THIS post. And before someone comments that these are hard to use, if you think you are going to be able to use these over Christmas to Florida or New Year’s Eve to NYC, you are barking up the wrong tree.
Most will say, for value, paying the $300 for the Platinum Delta AMEX card is a better deal ($150 year one + $150 year two) as that certificate is free+tax. True, but you are paying $300 in fees to get it. With the GOLD cert you pay no first year fee plus $99 for the cert plus $95 for the 2nd year fee. So, a small savings of $106 if you go Gold. However, with the Platinum Delta AMEX you get 5000 MQM’s that can have a MUCH greater value than $106 if it helps you earn medallion status!
Personally I will always have a Delta Reserve AMEX card despite the $450 annual fee because of the 10,000 MQM bonus points with the 1st charge to a new card (when you have NOT had a Delta Gold/Platinum/Reserve AMEX card for 365+ days) and moving up the upgrade list and Skyclub access and on and on! – René
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