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I get a bunch of comments and e-mails that I focus a bit too much on medallions. OK I admit it, guilty as charged. Why? The perks, even at the lowest level, are nice and when you toss in the Delta Platinum card on top of Silver Medallion status you are able to travel very comfortably with Delta Air Lines.
But I am doing it AGAIN! Yes I am – sorry. Many readers are saying the Delta AMEX Gold card (American Express is a DeltaPoints.com advertiser) is good enough for my travel needs and the much lower annual fee makes the card worth having. I agree, but not always. First the pros:
- 30,000 Bonus Miles
- $50 Statement credit w/Delta purchase
- Free bag
- Discounted Skyclub access
- Zone 1 boarding
- 2x Buying Delta tickets
- Can use PWM
- 20% On-board discounts
When you break it down, if you only fly a few times a year with Delta, that is a lot of value. 30k points is worth $300 minimum and since you can use PWM that is Pay With Miles with the Delta Gold AMEX card (American Express is a DeltaPoints.com advertiser) you can spend those points on ANY ticket for 1 cent each. The $50 statement credit is a nice perk for new cards and no one wants to pay for bags and this card takes care of that. Zone 1 gets you the SAME boarding perk as a Silver Medallion so your bag will make it on-board 99% of the time. Nice to get bonus points when buying a Delta ticket and in a pinch or with a long layover paying for Skyclub is nice. Lastly getting food/drinks cheaper on-board works.
So I agree, in many cases, it is good enough. When is it NOT enough? If you want to make any medallion level (here he goes again). No wait, hang on. As we talked about on the 1st of what counts toward MQD exemption, the Delta Platinum AMEX card (American Express is a DeltaPoints.com advertiser) with 50k spend can net you 20,000 MQMs. That is Silver status without flying. Again, I can understand the viewpoint that it is not worth the current $150/yr fee and after 1MAY2014 $195/yr fee if you don’t fly all that much and don’t care about status. I hear you and agree.
One thing is for sure, if you are going to fly Delta, a little or a lot, it is good to have some kind of Delta card to make the trip an enjoyable one! – René