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Some Fun Ideas for Using Your Delta Amex Companion Certificate

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The Companion Certificate benefit that comes with four Delta Amex cards is an excellent way to save money on trips you take with someone.

But I know plenty of people whose Companion Certificates go unused every year. Maybe they’re too busy to use the certs, don’t have a large circle of family or friends with whom they can travel, or they just plain ole forget.

However, there are few ways that may help you — and others — use a Companion Certificate.

Which Delta Amexes Give Cardholders a Companion Certificate?

Four Delta American Express give cardholders a Companion Certificate starting the second year of membership:

The Reserve Cards’ Companion Certificates are valid for select First Class, Comfort+, and Main Cabin trips. Meanwhile, the Platinum cards’ Companion Certificates are good only for some Main Cabin trips.(Read our post that dives into Companion Certificates details.)

With that out of the way, let’s look at a few out-of-the-box ways to use your Delta Amex Companion Certificate!

Reward a Kid’s Milestone

I love this opportunity and am excited to use it with my daughter when she’s older.

The idea came from a lady my wife and I met during breakfast at the Chicago Seminars in 2016.  (I don’t remember her name but will update the post when it comes to me!)

She and her husband use the Companion Certificates to reward their kids’ various achievements. For example, her daughter was allowed to choose a vacation destination after finishing third grade with satisfactory grades. The child and her mom took a Mommy-and-Daughter trip — with the youngster’s base airfare covered by the Companion Certificate. (This can also create a fun redemption for anniversary night certificates that come with various hotel credit cards.)

How’s that for motivation to earn good grades?!

They repeat the process for the dad and son. They also take turns going on “milestone trips” with their kids.

Employee Rewards or Prizes

This is along the lines of the “reward a kid” example above. And it’s geared toward business owners who have a Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card or Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card.

Perhaps there are sales quotas or other goals your staff needs to meet. You could award a trip to your highest earner — and end up paying for only one airfare in the process! Or maybe you have some sort of company party involving a raffle or other avenue for offering prizes. You could offer the Companion Certificate as one of the prizes (and whether or not you foot the bill for the paid airfare is up to you, of course).

“Donate It” to Someone

When a family friend died several years ago, his grandsons in the eastern US wanted to come to Los Angeles for the memorial service (which was held a few weeks after our friend died). So I offered their parents one of my Companion Certificates to help cut down on costs.

I honestly don’t even remember their names. And, yes, I technically didn’t recoup my annual fee for the card (then $195 for the Platinum) in travel for myself or my family. But meh. Chuck’s grandsons needed a little help and I was happy to do what I could.

So if you hear of friends or family members needing help getting somewhere but money may be an issue, consider “donating” it to them.

Final Approach

The Companion Certificate is a great way to save money on Delta trips. But not using it is a waste of money. Remember there are some ways you — and others — might still get helpful benefits from the certificate while making it worth your time and money.

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7 Comments

  1. I reward my wife as she has put up with my extensive travels for 20 years as a 2 million miler on Delta. We use ours to fly out to the Bay Area and up to wine country for about 4 days. We used to fly to SFO and enjoy SF for 2 nights but no more since the city has rapidly changed. We now fly into SAC and do nothing in the city, only in Napa or Sonoma.

  2. So I am taking my GF with me to Nashville on my next work week there. Added some vacation days, she will work remotely from the hotel while I am at the office for the week, we will enjoy nashville for the evenings and first weekend, then drive to Jackson MS, to see her daughter for 3 days, then 3 days in Memphis and back to nashville to fly home. We leave 4/30 so we get middle seat empty on the way out, but returning may 13 loses that, so the bna to atl is on the 2 side in EC and I used points to upgrade atl to pbi. This way we stay by ourselves. Even though we are both vaccinated.

    Best thing is, I only pay the taxes on her as the companion and my ticket is reimbursed by work. Using marriot points for hotel in Jackson and Memphis and requested suite upgrades using my Marriott suite nights.

  3. Like Sam, I traveled for 20+ years and am also a 2 MM on Delta. I have had the Platinum DL AMEX card since 2006. Initially, it was for the 10K MQM boost with $25K spending as I was a “high Gold” flyer and this assured me that I would always make Platinum. I have used the companion certificate maybe twice in all those years. The main reason is, with my high miles balance, why spend money when I have the miles to cover it? The secondary reason is that the certs are not always that easy to use and the eligible fares are not always the lowest. There are other benefits to the card so not using the companion cert is not a complete waste.

  4. I’ve been trying to use a companion certificate for 4th quarter this year and it’s nearly impossible to do so from Minneapolis with a Wed night departure and a Sunday return. I had the same problem pre-pandemic finding suitable flights. I’m wondering what’s the point of the certificate if it’s this hard to use?

  5. Explain how to gift a companion certificate?? I thought the only way to use was if you were flying with the person?? I left companion certificates unused for years because I only flew international alone..wish i had known i can gift??

    • @Steve – You can give it to anyone you want. When “we” say give – YOU – the cert holder – can put in any two names on the ticket you want to i.e. you do the booking and then pay with ANY Amex card (in your name or in the name of the folks flying on the ticket).

      Example: For one of the BBQ meat-ups we did, I gave a cert to two who attended. They paid with their Amex card but I booked the tickets for them.

  6. Hey Chris and Rene!

    Through May 2020, I had both the Delta Plat and Delta Business Plat, but ditched the business after the changed annual fee, but not before the Companion Pass was added to my Sky Miles profile. With a couple COVID related expiration extensions, I now have 4 “BOGO’s” that expire 12/31/22!!!!!
    As others have noted, and Chris presented, finding near to you uses are a bit difficult. For example, daughter and hubby live in upstate New York. Nowhere to travel, though I’ve been begging them to use one, pre-lockdown, and now hopefully post-lockdown soon.
    Same with my son, asking him to go somewhere with a friend, on dad’s dime. No joy yet, but I hold out hope!
    Finally success a month ago…bought a couple tickets for step-son and his girlfriend to fly out to CO to visit family.

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