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.
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.
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!