Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
Delta has a ton of rules and regulations (some followed to the letter, some not so much) as well as layers upon layers of confusion so it is not surprising that folks can be confused at times. Even I have to check the T&C now and then when we get to the nit picky nuances of some little bits. Plus, if you are not a regular Delta flyer, you may be confused because one airline does something one way while Delta does it another way. Let’s look at a number of these and clear them up:
Q) Do I need to pay for a Delta ticket with my Delta credit card to get a free bag(s)?
A) No. Just make sure it is in your “My Delta” profile but bring it when you fly just in case.
Q) I have the Delta AMEX (Gold, Platinum or Reserve) that comes with a free bag(s). If I buy a ticket for my mom does she get the perk?
A) Only if you are flying with her on the SAME reservation.
Q) What happens if I choose a “Cash & Miles” ticket? Do I earn points?
A) No. Cash & Miles is like an award ticket you earn nothing at all.
Q) What if I choose a Pay With Miles ticket. Do I earn points?
A) Yes. You earn FULL MQMs but only SkyMiles on the cash part paid (less taxes & fees).
Q) What happens if I cancel a Delta Platinum or Reserve card to my yearly BOGO cert?
A) It sticks in your My Delta till the expiration date and you can still spend it (pay with any AMEX card).
Q) What happens if I cancel a Delta AMEX card. Do my points go away?
A) No*. I say no with an * because once you earn them they are yours at Delta.com and do not ever expire. However, if you are REALLY quick to cancel a card AMEX could suck them back.
Q) I have (or will have) Global or Regional upgrades but will drop in status next year. What happens if I try to spend them next year?
A) You can spend them anyway as they are good to use / fly till the expiration date.
Q) If I gift Silver status to someone, do they only need half the miles to become Gold?
A) No. You have gifted them status ONLY! They would still need to fly 50k (+MQD spend) to become Gold.
Q) What if I see LEVEL 1 award space on KLM for a Delta flight. Will Delta match it with SkyMiles awards?
A) No. Award space that Delta allocates to partners is not equal to their space.
Q) What if I have a ticket I can not fly. Is it worth the fee to cancel or re-deposit my miles?
A) Maybe. First off, call. There may be a schedule change or something that allows the fee to be waived. If not, you may be able to get some kind of one time exception (be nice).
Q) What happens if I get to the gate and they force me to check my bag. Is there a fee?
A) No. In fact many “game” the system this way to avoid bag fees.
And I bet you have a few more of your own “what if” or “what happens” Q&A and I am happy to answer them below in the comments section of the post.
Now the only real final question is will the Delta rep you speak to know the rules and give you the right answer you need when you need it! – René