Well, here’s some good-ish news regarding Amex airline incidental credits.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about Delta SkyMiles Select — a $59 feature entitling SkyMiles members to Main Cabin 1 boarding, eight adult beverage vouchers, and a limited edition Delta “brag tag”.
Because Delta gift cards no longer code against premium Amex cards’ annual airline incidental credit, many people are sitting on a lot of unused credit.
Three Amex cards offering an annual airline incidental credit include:
The Platinum Card from American Express ($200 annually)
The Business Platinum Card from American Express ($200 annually)
American Express Gold Card ($100 annually)
I bit the bullet and used the remaining yearly credits from my Platinum Card from American Express airline incidental credit as an experiment.
Worst case scenario: I ended up spending $59 for $80 worth of drink tickets. (And let’s not forget the limited edition brag tag! 😉 )
There are worse problems in the world.
At first, things didn’t look good (for the Amex incidental credit).
But when I logged on to pay my bill yesterday, I noticed this little gem:
It took a while to post, but Delta SkyMiles Select counted toward my Amex Platinum airline incidental credit!
So I’m only out of pocket $3.26 for $80 worth of drink tickets since I only had $55.74 credits remaining for the year to spend.
The HOOU coupons loaded digitally into my Fly Delta App and in “My Delta” on Delta.com and they expire in one year. Now I am just waiting for the a brag tag in the mail – I simply can not wait to see it!
Should You Buy SkyMiles Select?
Many Rene’s Points readers are Delta Medallions and/or have Delta Amex cards — so buying Main Cabin 1 boarding would be wasteful.
That said: if you have Amex airline incidental credit just sitting around, you can now consider buying SkyMiles Select if you have chosen Delta as your airline credit partner. I know it’s not how you envisioned using your $200 (or $100) — but it’s better than nothing.
Why? Take a look.
If you don’t like alcohol or all of your Delta flights are in first class or Comfort Plus i.e. C+ (where adult beverages are free), you can gift the drink vouchers to others (print them on paper or to PDF or send them a screen shot of the HOOU from your Fly Delta App works as well). Or you could treat a few coach passengers to drinks. Maybe consider donating them to the blog for a Swag Saturday giveaway? Lastly, many medallions, who could get a C+ seat for free, prefer to select an exit row seat (where you do not get free drinks – even as an elite member) due to the fact that sometimes a C+ “upgrade” can cost you a real upgrade to first class!
More to Come
We’re getting lots of questions about how to use the airline incidental credit, now that Delta gift cards no longer count.
I’ve personally tested out a few different scenarios and will have a post early next week about what’s worked and what hasn’t.
All is not yet lost fellow Delta fliers.
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