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Rookie Wednesday: Don’t Request Missing Delta Partner Credit Too Fast (Plus Other “Don’ts”)

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Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog 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 featured topic.

Wait – NOOOO – Not Q fare Delta!

One of the hands down best ways to rack up a boatload of points (and MQDs credit) with Delta is via their partners. However, one great partner AeroMexico, is notorious for sending over the WRONG fare class information to Delta often due to Y-UP fares (#ProTip – Want a custom mileage run from your home airport? We have a team ready to help you).

But take a gander at the screenshot above from the Delta.com page about requesting missing credits. I was waiting for one of this year’s AeroMexico runs to post and wanted to hurry it along. Thankfully, I looked closely and did not take it to the next step. Why? Notice the indicated fare class in the screenshot? Yep – “Q” – when I had flown and paid for “I”. The difference between the two fare classes in earnings is MASSIVE. So I just waited and the correct numbers did post. This is one simple “don’t” but let’s look at some others today.

  • Don’t set a simple password on Delta.com. If you use the same password for Delta as other sites you are asking for trouble. Oh, and please make your password REALLY hard and long. There are currently any number of threads on social media about folks’ Delta accounts being hacked and drained to zero!
  • Don’t upgrade Delta Amex cards. Over the 8 years while I was full-time blogging I loved answering literally thousands of reader emails – other than one kind – that asked if they should upgrade (or downgrade) a Delta Amex card. NOOOOOOO! Never ever do this as you burn your 1x lifetime shot at a new card bonus. Apply for a new Delta Amex card THEN close the old card if you wish to do so.
  • Don’t pay for checked bags! OK if you have a steam trunk you may not be able to get it through the TSA machine but many bags do fit. Why pay Delta when you can take the bag to the gate and then get them to check it for free!
  • Don’t cancel a Delta Amex card too soon. Please please please never ever cancel an Amex card short of 365 days since you were approved. The reasons why are many. First off, they can claw back the new card bonus. Next, in the case of the Delta Amex Platinum Card (learn more here) or the Delta Amex Reserve card (learn more here) you get a BOGO cert year 2 (and thereafter) of card membership. Once loaded to Delta.com it does not go away even if you cancel the card. So if you are going to cancel wait till it loads in before you close an account.
  • Don’t let a Delta Amex BOGO go unspent. With the above in mind, you can book tickets for any two people you want with your BOGO cert and you can pay for the tickets with ANY Amex card (not just the card you got the cert from). So check the fly by expiration date and make sure someone enjoys the savings of a free +1 ticket (free plus tax that is). See post E22 in the Essentials tab for more help with this.
  • Don’t ever buy MQMs from Delta in December. I hate, I mean really HATE, when folks do not plan ahead and end up donating money to Delta Air Lines. Please take the time to look now what points you think you will need and plan accordingly. Either buy up to 1st class if the price is right to earn extra points or book a mileage “fun run” somewhere. Do not give free cash to Delta!
  • Don’t buy Delta tickets with a Delta Amex card. Wait – what? But I can earn 2x and help reach my spend goals for the year. Yeah, well, you can earn 5x much more valuable Membership Rewards points if you pay with the (non-Delta) Amex Platinum card (learn more here). You can send those instantly to Delta if you wish and you can see that 5x is clearly better than 2x. Find other things to reach spend goals with your Delta Amex cards.
  • Don’t assume a flight is not oversold due to open seats in the Fly Delta App. There is so much we do not see plus the day of flight things are always changing. Other flights can cancel and roll to yours and a wide-open flight could be oversold in a moments notice. Always print an extra boarding pass and ask the gate agent if the flight is oversold (and give them the extra paper copy to hold).

These are my major “don’ts” when it comes to being a frequent Delta flyer. I bet I have left a few out and sharp readers can help us out. Are there other Delta don’ts that you always cringe when people do? Please let us know in the comments below! – René

 

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

8 Comments

  1. Don in ATL

    It looks to me as though Delta has removed the Earning Miles on Partner Airline charts from the their webpage. When I go there and click on the box that says “Mileage Earn on or after Jan. 1 2018, NOTHING HAPPENS. The link is broken. And this is for all the Partner Airlines.

  2. Enjoy FIne Food

    Love the refresher course! Thanks, Rene

  3. Kent Hodder

    The idea that buying Delta passage with Delta Amex is not the best deal doesn’t surprise me… but what am I missing here
    e.g. if I am Diamond the conversion is 11x. But even general members it appears to match non-delta Amex at 5X.
    Thanks again- your insights have kept me sane guiding me through Delta’s medallion gauntlet!

    (from Delta’s site 7/10/19)
    Miles, you’ll earn at each Tier on Delta-marketed or – ticketed flights:*
    General SkyMiles Members: 5 miles for every $1
    Silver Medallion Members: 7 miles for every $1
    Gold Medallion Members: 8 miles for every $1
    Platinum Medallion Members: 9 miles for every $1
    Diamond Medallion Members: 11 miles for every $1

  4. rene

    @Kent – Earning SkyMiles via elite status on a paid ticket has nothing to do with the card you paid for it with. You do not even need to pay for the ticket with a Delta card to get the free bag perk if you are a non-elite. Thus the 5x non-Delta Amex Platinum card is a WAY better choice.

  5. Your advice about applying for a new Delta card THEN closing the old card has me a bit worried. I recently closed a 8 year old BCP to make room for another Amex CC. Will this recent closure hurt my chances of being approved for a Delta card?

  6. rene

    @David – Should be no issue if you have less than 5 Amex credit cards.

  7. No Link for You!

    @Don and @Rene, I get the same behavior Don reported using Safari (Mac and iPhone). It’s a Javascript issue (the button is trying to call a script). Using Firefox works, but there’s a bit of a delay before the chart shows up.

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