$50 Delta e-Gift cards seems to be the “sweet spot” for credit

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proof of my eGift order

As we talked about here, Delta allows you to buy $50 and up e-Gift cards now. These are much more flexible than a bump voucher and you can combine up to 3 of them on one ticket.

That is all well and good but why buy tiny $50 ones? One reason is your AMEX $200 calendar year Airline travel credit perk. If you peeked at the comments in the post I linked to above, you will see the point where most are getting credit is when they buy $50 ones.

how delta e-gift cards are coded with delta to amex

I went ahead and purchased an e-Gift card with my brand new The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN and I was initially concerned about the coding from Delta but the comments from readers all seem to say that is NOT an issue and the $50 do credit. So this card, or the Platinum Card® from American Express should either one work just fine but I will report back.


The key thing that MUST be done once you have either of these great cards is register for your airline of choice for the $200 per year perk (calendar year NOT card year – so I intend to get another $200 after 01JAN2015). I clearly selected Delta for my choice as you can see.

a list of many of the amex plat perks

Next up for me is paying to re-UP my Global Entry fee and I will get another $100 credit back for that when I pay for it with my AMEX Platinum card. So, before my 2nd year fee hits I will get 8x$50 + $100 credit or for simple math $500 back. Not bad at all and I got the 40,000 bonus points (OFFER EXPIRED — PLEASE SEE CURRENT OFFER) for meeting the spend on the card worth AT LEAST another $400 so I am up to $900 in value.


If you have ever had these cards more than 365 days ago, it seems like the 1MAY date of not being able to get a card bonus again is real (from reader e-mails). If you want to get and hold either of these cards I would act sooner than later.- Rene

EDIT: UPDATE – My AMEX account has updated and credit has posted just as other readers have reported!

credit back for fee amex platinum


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  1. Make sure you are logged into your delta account so the e-gift cards will be listed under your account and then you do not have to keep track of all the e-gift cards separately.

  2. Is the fee for the Bus. Plat. still $450? So you’re really only up $900-$450 in value? I’m considering the BP card myself. Thanks!

  3. What’s this May 1st deal? I must have missed that memo. From that sounds of the blog post, this means that after May 1st we will not able to get a bonus on the same card twice, even if it’s been more than 365 days?

  4. Just took the plunge and bought 4x $50 gift cards on my new Amex Bus Plat card. Did them all as separate transactions. Will report back here with info when/if I get the credit. If nothing else, I’m really happy they have the option for these gift cards. Essentially I’ll never have to worry about meeting spend on a card ever again, since I spend a ton on Delta each year already I can just get these cards (if I can’t meet spend otherwise). Nice!

  5. DP-

    Any chance the $50 (x4) gift cards will count toward min spend on Amex MR Plat? Thanks.

  6. Unless I missed it, did you ever get the $50 e-gift card credited by Amex? I have one that just posted to my Amex Platinum Card (minutes ago), so waiting to see the outcome.

  7. @John – still waiting for the results myself. The charge has gone from pending to posted and now waiting to see if/when credit will appear. Will update post at that point.

  8. 4x$50 worked for me. Purchased these individually on the 9th, charges posted on the 10th, credits posted on the 12th. NICE!

  9. Really surprised that the Gift Card credits work, as per AmEx T&C states: “Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets are not deemed to be incidental fees. “

  10. Airline rewards programs are used to exploit you and enrich airline investors. Now you want us to give them more money through gift cards as another way to deceive people about the nature of “rewards” programs?

  11. @elizabeth – Thank for your first comment on the blog. First off, all award programs should be studied and max perks should be extracted. There is nothing deceptive about using and buying a Delta e-Gift card that has no expiration date to lock in a credit card perk. In fact, I would call it a wise move and lock mine in on all my cards this way at the first of the year.

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