SWAG Saturday: It is time to upgrade my backpack. You get one too!

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This week I finally had to let go of my old backpack. I thought I was in love with it but then I discovered the zippers were not all that strong. It had many multi-pockets, but most were too small to be useful. The handle, well, not perfect. I could go on. So time to upgrade.

This Swiss Gear one looks perfect to me. Most time I have my laptop in it’s own bag but there are times I want to have just a backpack. So this one fills that need. Plus, the pockets are all spacious. The handle is rock solid and works. I am most pleased with my upgrade.

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Now on to the SWAG Saturday part. The rules, that are almost always the same, are  HERE  so if new to the blog take a look because by commenting you are agreeing you have read the rules! Oh in addition to the very nice backpack, inside it I will include a Delta Points custom embroidered polo shirt and some other nice swag as well (and some HOOU coupons too)!

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Then what do I need from you this week for a shot at this nice travel package? Let’s just make it a quick and simple YES or NO answer to this question (but you can comment more if you like).

Did you know that the free bag fee waiver, from the Delta AMEX Gold card, for you and up to 8 more traveling with you, does NOT require you to pay for the ticket with your Delta AMEX Gold card to get the perk? Yep you can pay with any other card like your Barclay’s Arrival+ card to pay yourself back with points and still get the free bag perk (just make sure your Delta AMEX Gold shows up on your My Delta.com page)! – René
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  1. No. I didn’t realize that quirk in the benefit but will definitely remember and pass along to my friends. Thank you.

  2. Sure did, but do you recall the snickers commercial I referenced on Twitter? Hope you enjoy your pack lots of people I’ve seen with it love the functionality. I almost got a ttech backpack but got GE shortly before so laptop stays inside. Grabbed a Tumi instead and love it!

  3. Nope. I thought that all of the perks associated with my newly required Gold Amex meant were only applicable when I used the card. How about that! Great info

  4. Yes. And how about the roadside assistance benefit with the Reserve card? Had to use that yesterday. Gotta get our money’s worth!

  5. Yes- unfortunately my company insists on paying for my plane tickets, but I still get the perks associated with this card (and the SkyMiles, of course!).

  6. No. I guess that is a great reason to get the card but I wish Delta miles were able to be used more easily.

  7. No. Definitely did not! Does the priority boarding perk also apply if you don’t pay with it? thanks!

  8. I have personally verified that we get the checked bags free, as I often travel for business with tickets paid on company Amex, and I have the platinum skymiles Amex. No bag fees 🙂

  9. No, I had no idea. The backpack would be great on our upcoming trip to Madrid. Hope I win and keep up the great blog!

  10. Yes. I hope I win. I could really use a new bag. The divorce is costing me everything!

  11. Yes, I did know that. It would be nice if other cardholders on the same AmEx account could also get the benefit, though.

  12. No. I did not know that. Was denied the free bag on an AA flight last year for failing to pay with my Citi AA card, so good to know Delta isn’t as strict.

  13. No I did not but will use it on a trip to Hawaii I take this week with my wife. Nice timing Rene! Thanks for the on going education.

  14. Yes, but found out that with the reserve card Delta isn’t honoring free bags anymore, odd but seems to be true after encountering several Delta employees that say they won’t honor the free bags with that card.

  15. Yes, I did know that. But thnx for the reminder. Your imput and advice is always helpful.

  16. Yes, because of the nature of the market at MCO, I stand among our large bank of kiosks and often hear travelers ask sternly how they obtain the bag waiver. From the staff replies, I’ve come to understand how this works.

  17. YES…I did know, because I just got the card, and I studied up on the benefits before I applied. BUT…I did not know that my card needed to show up on the MyDelta page. I checked, and it’s there, so I’m good to go.

  18. Yes, but thanks for the reminder. My kids have this card for the free bags and zone 1 boarding. Pays for itself!

  19. Yes I did.. it’s a flag which is attached to your SkyMiles account, so using the credit card is not required.

  20. Hi wonderful René


    Didn’t know but thanks for the newsy tip!

    Off to GOT tomorrow
    Could have used such a cool backpack
    Oh well maybe another time
    Please share your FAV restaurant there
    Nina 😉

  21. No, I had no idea. The backpack would be fantastic on my upcoming trip to Newport, RI. Hope I win and keep up the great blog!

  22. No, I didn’t know that. Will come in handy in two weeks when travelling to SFO with my extended family. Thanks Rene.

  23. Yes, did know and am about to book with a companion cert to fly to NY for October wedding wit Arrival+

  24. I didn’t know that, and your tip came right on time – I just got my Delta Gold Amex a week ago! Thank you for the great tip!

  25. No, I didn’t know that, and your tip came right on time – I just got my Delta Gold Amex a week ago! Thank you for the great tip!

  26. Yes. I think the only spend I’ve put on my AMEX Delta Gold Card in the past year has been for a Woodford when flying coach (for the discount). I keep it just for the free bag perk.

  27. Hey Rene. Yes, I knew this. Actually, I carry a Reserve card. Getting close to the $30K spend to get my 15,000 MQM’s and then on to Platinum for the first time! Woohoo!

  28. No I did not know about this either. I am trying hard now to try to keep my Diamond status for 2015-2016.


  29. yes I knew that – but thank you for the reminder! It’s easy to get confused with all these cards following different rules.

  30. NO. Thanks. However, I think traveling with 7 other people would be a nightmare. It’s bad enough when I get upgraded and my wife doesn’t.

  31. I wasn’t actually sure, because I have flown many times and have been told conflicting information on this very point, so regardless, I always book with my Delta Gold Business card.

  32. Yes, I actually just reread the terms to see if I would be able to get my grandma a free bag while dropping her off at the airport, but not traveling with her.

  33. Yes!
    I must have learned it from reading your blog!
    And, I love backpacks with a handsome polo shirt inside! 🙂

  34. No I didnt know and I had that card for while before I canceled it because it wasnt being used enough. Might try it again just for the free bag perk.

  35. Where would I need to look to ensure my AMEX Gold card is listed on My Delta.com page?

  36. Yes, I knew that! Have had AmEx Delta cards for years, living in a captive hub. Read through the fine print one time and realized you don’t have to actually PAY with the card to get the benefits. Woot!

  37. No, I actually forgot because I usually don’t have to worry about that as a medallion but it is a good tip to tell family members!

  38. No! I didn’t! With the other info you have me now I am defiantly switching to the Barclay from Chase Shappire Perfered! Thanks!

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