I get the same question asked of me over and over, that is, can I hold more than one Delta AMEX Reserve card. The answer is a simple YES you can hold one Personal Delta AMEX Reserve card and at the same time, if you wish, hold a Business Delta AMEX Reserve card.
I have in fact held both cards at once and yes you can earn SkyMiles from spending on each, MQMs from each, bonus MQMs from each and your total spend across both cards counts toward your $25,000 MQD exempt spend totals for the calendar year (i.e. posted charges between 1JAN-31DEC each calendar year).
But just because we CAN do this, is it the best choice? Are there smarter choices? I think there are, especially under the current rules that, despite this card’s sizable annual fee, you cannot bring a guest (for free) into the Sky Clubs anymore (as of 1MAY14).
One of the biggest perks of these cards is that you can send the bonus MQMs from spending $30,000 and again at $60,000 each year to anyone you want (The new card 10,000 bonus MQMs go to the card holders SkyMiles account and can NOT be sent to anyone else btw). So the spending MQMs are truly amazing that you could say have your wife / +1 meet the spend totals and then send the MQMs to you helping YOU with your status levels. Now sure you can do that same thing if you hold both cards yourself but you cannot, just because you have two cards, guest someone into the Sky Clubs. If your wife / +1 had the card and was traveling with you then you both can get in with your own cards.
Another perk of the Reserve card is the shot at more upgrades as either the personal or business card act as a fare class tiebreaker for upgrades. But having two of the cards does not improve your shot at an upgrade so your wife / +1 might as well enjoy the same perk as you.
When it comes to the BOGOF cert in 1st class it really is a push either way since you can assign those to anyone you want to. Yes, you do get two of them if you hold both cards yourself.
Now a downside of your wife / +1 holding the card is that it does “occupy”, if you will, one of the 5 total credit cards you can hold at one time with AMEX under the current rules. Then again, this could maybe be looked at as a plus as it does free up a slot for you to hold another type of AMEX credit card (you can have more than 5 if you include charge cards like the non-Delta Premier Rewards Gold card for example).
For me the choice really is simple. If your wife / +1 does not have Sky Club access this can be well worth giving up the initial 10,000 new card bonus MQMs. Plus, you can have them add you as an authorized user to the account and then they don’t even have to worry about doing the actual spending. What do you think? A good call or better to have both cards yourself? – René
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