Chris Carley


Nearly all of the co-branded Delta American Express cards offer various travel benefits. One of them is “Priority Boarding.”

The perk can be quite valuable to some people for those with elite status. It’s even more beneficial for folks without elite status and who fly on Basic Economy tickets.

Some folks think “Priority Boarding” means “Sky Priority” (it doesn’t).

So let’s examine the benefit in a little more detail — especially because of the Delta Amex welcome offers expiring soon.

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.

Only two weeks remain for the limited-time welcome offers available for the American Express and Delta Air Lines cobranded SkyMiles credit cards.

And given the recent, temporary changes Delta announced to the SkyMiles program, now might be the perfect time to get a new Delta Amex card — and load up on points.

Consider that award travel — including SkyMiles redemptions and Miles+Cash bookings — earns up to 175% MQM, MQS, and MQD through the rest of 2021.

That’s potentially even juicier for Platinum and Diamond Medallions. Why? Delta Air Lines now allows Medallions to redeem Upgrade Certificates on both Award Travel and Miles + Cash tickets on Delta-operated flights. Plus, there’s no limit as to how many travelers you can upgrade with your certificates. (Read more here.)