UPDATE: See this current post <-LINK for bad new data points reg credits!
While the non-Delta Amex Platinum card (learn more), as well as the non-Delta Amex Platinum Business card (learn more), have MEGA fees per year – they also come with so many perks that almost make the cards break even in fees vs rewards. That includes one of the big perks, that is, $200 in annual travel credits to an airline of your choice. Since I almost always choose to fly Delta, I choose Delta each year and like locking in the value of this credit ASAP.
Just like last year (and just about every year before that as well) I do the following. I buy, on 4 separate individual transactions, a $50 e-Gift card to myself (#ProTip – Be sure to use a PC (desktop or laptop – not a tablet or a phone) to buy 1x at a time on 4 orders!). I put in my name and my e-mail and am sent the code. Spending done for the year and, as you can also see, the credits do come fast once you have selected Delta as your airline of choice for travel credit (or have left it from years past).
Also keep in mind you can, if you book 2 one way tickets, burn up to 6 of these per trip (that is 3 gifts plus a credit card each way). That is using Delta.com to complete the booking. However, if you want to use more I would suggest reaching out to Delta on Twitter as I have been told in the past that even more than 3 can be combined if you ask them. YMMV but worth a try anyway!
Bottom line is we have tested proof that, as in years past, this does work to lock in a huge perk from the non-Delta Amex Platinum card (learn more) as well as the non-Delta Amex Platinum Business card (learn more)! Just be sure to keep track of them yourself as Delta will NOT allow you to store them on Delta.com – René
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