There are many sweet perks the Delta cobranded American Express cards offer and especially so when it comes to the high end Reserve card (personal or business) that gets you into the Sky Club free (same day travel), more upgrades (i.e. an upgrade tiebreaker), free bags, priority boarding and check-in as well as priority TSA security line and a bunch more.
But the one perk that is “meh” (at best) is 2x Delta SkyMiles for buying tickets with the Reserve card (or any of the Delta Amex cards). After all, most folks value a SkyMile at 1-2 cents each and that means you are at BEST getting 4 cents value and at worst 2 cents value for buying your tickets with these cards – there are MUCH better values in travel cards for buying airline tickets.
Plus, none of the Delta Amex cards offer you things that many of these other travel cards do like travel insurance for delayed flights and so on. To me, the only reason to buy a Delta ticket with a Delta Amex card is to help reach your yearly spend goals of $25,000 across all your Delta cards for a better shot at medallion upgrades and to reach the yearly Platinum Medallion and lower MQD spend waiver. That is very different from real points value for buying the ticket itself.
Well take a look at the screen shot at the top of this post that a reader sent me as well as another screen shot of a survey of possible new benefits from the Delta Amex cards that could be on the way. Do note on the latter shot some of the things mentioned are already perks while others are not (very confusing if you ask me). Let’s break out some of the best ideas and the ones that would motivate me to always pay for my Delta tickets with my Delta Amex card.
- Book directly with Delta and get 3 days to cancel for a full refund versus the standard 1 day.
Oh this would be HUGE! I really do not care anymore about delayed flight insurance because I, at long last, followed the wise advice of getting a yearly blanket travel policy that covers me for just about everything (even for things I have not yet booked). But there have been a number of times that I would have liked to have changed a flight just outside the normal Delta 1 day cancellation window. I would love a 3 day window.
- Price Drop Protection: Book and automatically get a refund if the price drops within 10 days
Almost as amazing as the change to 3 day cancel window would be this when you book with the Delta Amex card. These two of these ideas, as a package, would be enough for me – even without raising the number of SkyMiles I would earn – for booking with the Delta Amex cards.
- Get 3 miles per $1 spend on Delta purchases
OK this one is a no brainer and should already be in place Amex. This would improve earnings to 3-6% in value. At the low end even this 3x number is not as good as other cards. To me I think the Delta Amex Gold and Platinum cards should offer 3x and the Reserve cards should be 4x or even 5x SkyMiles!
- Get passes to access the Delta Sky Club
This would be really sweet since Delta is basically killing real Sky Club membership in 2019 (you must be flying Delta or partners to enter even with membership). I would love to have a few of these free passes when the situation presents itself that I need to guest someone in and do not feel like gifting Delta $30 to get a friend in with me.
- Get free annual access to Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on Delta
Hello – THIS! I have been yelling about this for years. The Delta Amex Reserve card should offer this perk each year. The Delta CEO has been talking about the fact that he sees on-board wifi will be free at some point in the future – until then let us get it free with a high end Delta Amex card.
- Monthly Lyft credits
This one would be nice but not “that” exciting but it would be a way to combat the monthly Uber credits so many get with the non-Delta Amex Platinum card. Call this idea a good one but not one that would change my purchasing habits by itself.
So the above are the ideas for card perk changes that got my full attention. If these changes were implemented they would impact my spending choices on what card to pull to pay for Delta tickets. What do you say? Do any of the ideas above, or the other ones, excite you? Are there other perks you would rather see added to Delta Amex cards? Be sure to comment below! – René
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