Well this was fast after yesterday’s confirmation about the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card, “Airline Fee Reimbursement” option for us Delta flyers. I also hold, for now, both a personal and business non-Delta AMEX Platinum card.
There are few travel cards that I appreciate more than these two! I love being able to visit, and bring two guests, into the AMEX Centurion lounges. I love the Gogo passes I get with the business card (that even works on international Delta flights). I love the free upgrades to SPG Gold status and Hilton Gold status as well. The list just goes on and on!
One of the other great values of these non-Delta platinum cards is that each year they each offer $200 in Airline Fee Reimbursement. Last year 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 for both cards.
If you registered last year to have Delta as your airline of choice for the Platinum cards 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 $200 / 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 that pays 3x points on airfare direct booked) at a time so I just do what’s simple each year and buy the e-Gift cards.
The non-Delta Platinum cards really provide some great value to me. 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 $200 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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