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Why the Delta Reserve is the card even for Diamond Medallions!

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As Delta flyers we have 3 “real” choices to get perks. Actually we have 6 as we have both the personal and business cards to pick from (yes you can hold both).

In the past I have talked about and got reader feedback on:

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It is really hard to say any one card is best or perfect or the right choice for you. After all, I don’t hold either the Gold or Platinum Delta card (I do however hold the AMEX Membership Rewards Platinum card).

But if you are an elite with Delta, and want to stay that way, to me the Reserve card is the choice and I hold both the personal and business Delta Reserve cards. Will I keep them both forever? I will be keeping at least one and with the looming fact that it looks like there will be a big change on 1MAY as to being able to get an AMEX bonus again and again you may want to consider, not just this card, but any other card you have had in the past from AMEX!

Back on topic. Why IS, to me, the Reserve card the card for Diamonds (as well as other Delta elites). It really is simple. First the math of value of getting the card.

  • 10,000 Skymiles with 1st purchase
  • 10,000 MQMs with 1st purchase
  • 30,000 MQMs if you spend $60,000 by 31DEC each year

(Plus you get 30,000 Skymiles as well)

  • So many more upgrades than those without the card (I can attest to this personally)!
  • More low level seats (should be the same in 2015 but we will see)
  • The BOGOF or buy one get one free certificate in 1st class or coach.

When you add up all the perks, to me the choice is crystal clear and I back that up by holding 2 of them so I do walk the walk here. I have held my Delta Business Reserve for many many years and have no plans on ever dumping it.

If you are an elite ending up #1, 2 or 3 on the upgrade list time after time; get the Reserve card and see what happens. Did you end up short on MQMs last year, this is the fix. I could go on and on and “beat this horse” but I like horses and I think you see my point. Elites, consider this card and please do so before 1MAY2014 – René
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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

15 Comments

  1. You really get 90k SkyMiles, right? 1 mile per dollar spent (at least) = 60k, plus the 30k bonus. (Covers the annual fee nicely, even at $.01 per mile.) This may be my most productive source of SkyMiles in 2015.

    • @Russ – you can see, if you can make the spend, just how much value there is in this card both personal and business and why I hold 2 of them.

  2. Possibly there’s a window here, to cancel my Reserve before May 1st, and still be eligible for one more signup bonus in a year?

    • @Vincente – hate to say, under the current rules, you must cancel and wait 365+ days. But if you have the personal, you CAN get the BIZ card and cancel your personal once you have the biz.

  3. Dan Nainan Reply

    One thing that I’m not clear on…what exactly is happening 1 May? I did a search and the only thing I can come up with is that after that date, Delta Reserve cardmembers have to pay for guests to enter the Sky Club.

    • @Dan – nothing official yet. The word from the rumor mill is as of 1MAY2014 you will only EVER be able to get a new card bonus once in a lifetime. So, if you have had a card before, NOW would be a good time to apply – MAYBE!

  4. Dan Nainan Reply

    Thank you most kindly for your expeditious response and your wonderful advice. I did have a Delta Reserve card until a couple of years ago, and I thought it was superfluous since one of the benefits is Sky Club membership, which I get free by being Diamond Medallion.

    But it sounds to me as if it might be worth getting it again, because I may be eligible for the bonus, and for the other reasons you have described above. Does this sound correct?

    I do get upgraded almost 100 percent of the time, but I have heard that have been observed card put you ahead of others, all other criteria being equal. I’m sure you saw this flowchart some time ago:

    http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2012/06/10/travel/10MAZE1.html?ref=travel

  5. Dan Nainan Reply

    Apologies…I meant reserve card not observed card…voice dictation error. 🙂

  6. Dan Nainan Reply

    PS I forgot to mention, I have the Delta Platinum Amex now…is it still worth upgrading?

  7. I Upgraded my Gold to Reserve yesterday didn’t get the bonus and was told they were no longer offering upgrade bonuses. I don’t believe it but thought I would share. as a side note I did the DL Gold because of a targeted promotion of 60k and I didn’t realize I couldn’t upgrade for 1 year. Major disappointment.

    I chose to just upgrade and keep my account number as I have it on file everywhere. Sometimes the bonuses are worth it sometimes the convenience is just worth more than points.

    However… I did just do a 75k Hilton Surpass Amex bonus for 3k in spend. Blubirded it! Little nugget I’ll share that i didn’t know I get an additional 500 hh points for just having the card on each stay.

  8. Well, I got my first Reserve card (business) and cancelled my Sky Miles Platinum. I love the Reserve, the sign up bonus put me over the top for Gold Medallion for 2014. I was using Vanilla Reload to boost my spending this year (I usually struggled to make 25 K on the Platinum with no manufactured spending) and expected to spend 60K this year. But now, VR is cash only- I did attain 30 K spending just this week so I am exempt from MQD and I got a 10K boost yay, but I see no way now to get another 30K of spending by years end. I have a 2K monthly mortgage payment that I would like to still get miles for, but without VR I don’t see a method that wouldn’t be a full time job. Rene- any suggestions?

  9. Followed your lead last year and have both personal and business Delta Reserve. 60,000 extra MQM is great!

  10. dotti cahill Reply

    i think for personal = plat amex esp a new one as it has some nice xxtra sign ons(we have had one for 40years so no new bennies)and afterward lots of uses …like GOES/$200 credit/lounge access etc
    also the amex gold for personal or business nice sigh on stuff for now last thing i saw = ?40,000 miles

  11. Phil Davis Reply

    My choice is the Delta Skymiles Reserve credit card. Before I saw the blog and was aware of the mqm bonus, I have fallen below silver medallion status. I was determined to not let this happen again, if at all possible. With the card bonus I will make gold this year! What a difference.

    Phil Davis

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