Thanks to my friend Ray from the Atlanta area I have some interesting news on the gift card front. Notice something special in the middle of the rack of cards? Yep – A Delta gift card! I have never seen this before anywhere at any location and this one happened to be at a Publix (that should code as a grocery store).
This really is a big game changer for those of us who fly Delta and want a discount and the max points we can earn. For example, if we use a FlexPerks card at a grocery store it pays 2x points and since FlexPoints are worth ~2 cents each we are getting 4 cents back for buying these cards then paying for a Delta ticket. Not to die for but still a savings.
What really excites me is the possibility of it expanding to other locations that offer much higher bonus offers. For example, IF they can start selling them at Home Depot and other locations that are part of the AMEX OFFERS TO YOU rewards then the price for buying these can drop even more.
A few words of caution with all kinds of Delta gift cards both real and eGifts:
- You can only use a max of 3 per ticket (+ CC)
- You do still earn ALL points when spending them
- You can only spend them on ticket purchases
Even with these restrictions I am excited to see these pop up on gift card racks because while we can always buy the e-Gift cards for no extra fee on Delta.com, having a real physical card can be nice if you are the type who loses a digital code. Plus, as shown above, there are real opportunities to get them at much lower than face value.
So have you seen Delta gift cards show up yet at your local stores? – René