There is a simple reason the amazing current Delta Amex (PERSONAL ONLY) Reserve card is not getting blasted over and over on blogs – it is only a sweet deal for those who are chasing status on Delta. And let’s face it, in the blogosphere, most are:
- Not fans of Delta
- Not fans of chasing status (anymore)
- Not fans of SkyMiles
And so on. But if you are reading this you likely are a Delta flyer and very likely do care about your elite status. So let’s pay attention to why you really should jump on this card but ONLY if you have never EVER had it before as the new card bonus is tied to the 1x lifetime rule. Do keep in mind it is if AMEX says you have never had it so it is worth doing a chat to find out.
Moving on. So why is now the time to jump on this offer and the cheapest elite mileage run you could possibly take? First the points:
10,000 MQMs. – I like mileage runs in coach to cost less that 4 CPM in coach and 8 CPM in business class (cent per mile to earn them). The card has a non waived $450 fee but hang on…
40,000 SkyMiles (after $3000 spend). At dead rock bottom value, since as a Reserve card holder you can use PWM or Pay With Miles, a SkyMile is worth 1 cent each. Thus Amex is giving you $400 back resulting in your 1st full year fee net costing you out of pocket $50.
The simple math means the cost for this credit card “mileage run” is just 0.5CPM. That is crazy sick low and I would fly that any day in any cabin for that kind of price. But look at what else you get:
Sky Club free when flying Delta (for you only) for a year. As long as you are on a Delta ticket, pre or post flight (or connecting) you can get in free. Consider it costs, gasp, $495 for one year of individual club membership you can see the value. The only drawback of the card vs. really having membership is the card will NOT get you into partner clubs but for domestic use the card perk is sweet at this price.
BOGO. Now you do NOT get a BOGO cert year one. It will hit your account year two after the fee bills again. However, you could choose (inside 30 days after billing) to cancel your Reserve card at that point should you want to and the cert does not go away. You do NOT have to pay with your Delta Amex Reserve card to use the cert later.
More upgrades. Let’s face it – holding a Reserve card will mean more upgrades as it is part of the mix of who gets to ride up front. For the net $50 if you even score just one more upgrade in the next year or so is that not worth it? #HelloMcFly – Yes!
Now I could go on and on with other perks like having another card for SYNC offers and so on but the bottom line is even if you already hold another Delta card, and have paid the yearly fee for that as well, this one is worth it for the MQMs alone – the rest are just nice perks for at least a year.
Bottom line, if you have not had this Delta Amex card personal Reserve card offer before, jump on it now – I would if I could. I have no idea how long this offer will last as Amex has not told us so it could end anytime (like even as soon as next week)! – René
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