Most of us should know that following Delta’s advice and paying for airline tickets with the Delta AMEX card is a really bad idea. Why? They are only paying out 2x points for Delta tickets, and they are 2x SkyMiles, that are continuing to become some of the hardest frequent flyer points to spend on the planet day by day.
A vastly wiser choice is paying for tickets with the Premier Rewards Gold card because not only does it pay you 3x points when booking directly on the airline’s web site, but you get 3x Membership Rewards points that can be spent with vastly more flexibility than SkyMiles. That is long term value and what I call “easy math”!
One of the other great values of this non-Delta gold card is that each year it offers $100 in Airline Fee Reimbursement. Last year was the first year they offered this on the card and the sweet spot was $50 that is buying a $50 e-Gift card on Delta.com triggered the credit. I have tested for this year 2016, and as you can see from the above, it is working again this year as well.
If you registered last year to have Delta as your airline of choice you don’t have to change anything this year to get the credits this year. However, if you have NOT registered or chose another airline last year then you want to see THIS POST from last year for step by step instructions to register before you buy anything to get credit.
Now you don’t have to buy e-Gift cards. You can also pay for things on-board like food and drinks (but not Gogo) and get credit back up to $100 / year. You can also pay for Sky Club $29 +1 fee and get credit. But I hate to leave any value on the table each year and I do pay for Delta tickets and can use up to 3 e-Gift credits on one ticket (plus a use a card, like the Premier Rewards Gold card, to pay for the rest) at a time so I just do what’s simple each year and buy the e-Gift cards.
The non-Delta Gold card really provides some great value to me when I buy airline tickets as well as gas etc. I also truly value the Membership Rewards to be able to transfer them to partners like KLM that many times have discounted award seats and much greater award availability than Delta does. These are points I earn and burn and value. The airline fee reimbursement is just one more perk that makes me keep the card, despite the fee, a value each year to me! – René
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