This one does not surprise me at all. The $150/year fee for the Delta Skymiles AMEX Platinum card was/is a flat out bargain for the price. I did a great comparison post on this a while back and this card with any Medallion level is a great combo for max perks. Also, the BOGOF in coach cert alone can offset the fee for a year or sometimes more.
An alert reader pointed out to me that this fee is going up as of 1MAY2014 for both the personal as well as the business card. Now if you apply before 1MAY2014 you get the first year fee at the lower amount and then after that year you get the new higher fee per year.
Is this a game changer for the card? I don’t think so as you are still getting all the same great perks and the value is still there at $195 per year. The only thing this does change is the choice between this card and the Delta Reserve card has just become a bit harder. For a little over 2x the fee you could go with the Reserve card that has more MQMs, more upgrades and Skyclub for yourself.
Bottom line is if you have been waiting to get this card, keep 1MAY2014 in mind! – René
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