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Old 10-23-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Delta Amex

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I currently have six tickets for my family booked on delta for December. I am contemplating getting the delta Amex for the free checked bags, saving $300. My original plan was to do one to two checked bags if needed and have everyone use a carrying, to save money. Now I'm worried abut my short layover in Atlanta thinking if all my bags were checked that would make it easier??
Anyone have any experience with the card? I don't plan on building miles or using it, only getting it for free bags and the. Canceling before annual fee comes up.
Do you have to have the card with you at the airport?
If my husband booked our tickets, but I got the card, since I'm a passenger in the party, everyone else will get the reward also right?
Lastly, can I use this reward being I already booked my tickets?

Thanks for any advice, I've searched though the Internet, but find so many different answers!
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:37 AM   #2
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Hi
I currently have six tickets for my family booked on delta for December. I am contemplating getting the delta Amex for the free checked bags, saving $300. My original plan was to do one to two checked bags if needed and have everyone use a carrying, to save money. Now I'm worried abut my short layover in Atlanta thinking if all my bags were checked that would make it easier??
Anyone have any experience with the card? I don't plan on building miles or using it, only getting it for free bags and the. Canceling before annual fee comes up.
Do you have to have the card with you at the airport?
If my husband booked our tickets, but I got the card, since I'm a passenger in the party, everyone else will get the reward also right?
Lastly, can I use this reward being I already booked my tickets?

Thanks for any advice, I've searched though the Internet, but find so many different answers!
I've had this card for a couple years. All you have to do is link your skymiles # (frequent flyer) to the credit card when you enroll. Then any reservation with your skymiles # on it will get the free bags. Traveling companions get the benefit as long as you are on the same reservation, I believe up to 9 people. You don't have to have the card with you, you don't have to charge the tickets to the card.

In addition to the one free bag per person on the reservation, you also get zone 1 boarding.

I recently bought a house and have been charging my furniture to the card, I'm up to 92,000 miles total (I had miles before I got the card).
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:45 AM   #3
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I've had this card for a couple years. All you have to do is link your skymiles # (frequent flyer) to the credit card when you enroll. Then any reservation with your skymiles # on it will get the free bags. Traveling companions get the benefit as long as you are on the same reservation, I believe up to 9 people. You don't have to have the card with you, you don't have to charge the tickets to the card.

In addition to the one free bag per person on the reservation, you also get zone 1 boarding.

I recently bought a house and have been charging my furniture to the card, I'm up to 92,000 miles total (I had miles before I got the card).
Debbie is right on. We did the same thing for previous trips... purchase the tickets then get the AmEx card.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:14 AM   #5
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I have the card and use it for trips to WDW. I have never been Zone 1. Zone 2, yes, but never 1. Maybe because I buy the least expensive coach fare?
Is the Zone 1 a new perk?
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Love me some Delta AMEX!

It is my opinion that the Delta AMEX is the best co-branded card available, and I highly recommend it. It offers so much more than you think...

In my research to reduce expenses for our semi-annual pilgrimages to visit the Mouse, I was looking for a way to mitigate some transportation costs. I looked at all of the credit cards that offered flights, and decided a companion card would work well, due to our frequent trips. In comparing the cards that offer this benefit (Alaska Airlines, US Airways, AMEX Platinum, and Delta), I found that the Delta card offers lots of benefits.

1) One free checked bag for everyone in the party (up to 9 including the card holder. In addition, it stacks with Silver Medallion benefits to allow 2 checked bags.

http://www.delta.com/traveling_check...index.jsp#amex

T&Cs: http://www.delta.com/traveling_check...t_bag_free.jsp

2) Priority Boarding for you and up to 9 members of your party, including the card holder.

(http://www.delta.com/skymiles/about_...x.jsp#priority

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Via our Delta Sky Priority® lane, all passengers in BusinessElite®, First, or Business Class will be invited to preboard. All Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion® members, SkyTeam ElitePlus customers, Alaska Airlines® MVP® Gold members, and eligible American Express cardholders are then invited to board. Silver Medallion members and SkyTeam Elite customers can begin boarding after that using the Sky Priority boarding lane when traveling in Economy Class.
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3) Delta Skyclub access for card member and two guests for $25.

Let me tell you why this is important. If irregular operations occur during travel (weather, mechanical, or other problem causes a severe delay or cancellation, there are going to be hundreds of passengers demanding the gate agent's attention. However instead of fighting the mob to rebook a flight, you could go into the Skyclub to accomplish the same thing with a much shorter line and much greater customer service. Of course this is in addition to simply being able to relax in the Skyclub during a long connection or early morning arrival to the airport.

4) Companion pass. Each of the three main Delta AMEX cards (Gold, Platinum, and Reserve) offer an annual companion pass. The cost is based on card level (economy $99+taxes/fess for Gold, economy $0+taxes/fees for Platinum, and economy/First class $0+taxes/fees for Reserve). Usually this certificate will make-up for the annual fee of the card (at least for our family), making the other benefits gravy!

http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...ates/index.jsp

Note, verify companion pass is available for Gold card members and take screen prints of offer you sign up for.

5) 20% discount in in-flight purchases. This isn't huge, but if you use in-flight entertainment or buy food/beverages, it may shave a buck or two off. Given many people change gas stations to save $1 on fill-up ($0.05 less per gallon for 20 gallons or $0.10 less per gallon for 10 gallons), this is a nice "extra".

These are the main recurring benefits. In addition, it is an American Express card, so it comes with solid purchase protection, an ability to get primary car rental coverage, travel assistance, and a lot of other benefits.

Of course, you'll also get the sign-up bonus miles after certain spend. The public Gold card offer is for 30,000 Delta miles, but a recent targeted offer was for 75,000 miles! The last big non-targeted offer was for 60,000 miles. You can go here to see what your offer is:

https://www.deltaamexcard.com/default.aspx?et=dbu

I got the Platinum with 40,000 miles + 15,000 Medallion (elite) qualifying miles, which comes and goes. Currently, it is at 35,000 miles + 10,000 MQMs (https://www304.americanexpress.com/p...&openeep=43607).

In summary, I have the Platinum Delta AMEX. For the $150 annual fee I get a free companion certificate (round trip airfare for DD, $200+), free checked bags ($75 benefit), priority boarding, Skyclub access for $25 per visit, and 20% off IFE. Not bad for a non-elite, I think.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:31 PM   #7
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I have the card and use it for trips to WDW. I have never been Zone 1. Zone 2, yes, but never 1. Maybe because I buy the least expensive coach fare?
Is the Zone 1 a new perk?
For a bit, they changed the boarding zones to:

Prem (first/business class)
Sky (Gold Medallion - Diamond Medallion and Sky Team/Alsaka Air equivalents)
Zone 1 (Silver medallions, AMEX holders, a la cart purchasers, economy comfort)
Zone 2-4 (cattle class ).

I think they switched it again, though.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:18 AM   #8
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I've had this card for a couple years. All you have to do is link your skymiles # (frequent flyer) to the credit card when you enroll. Then any reservation with your skymiles # on it will get the free bags. Traveling companions get the benefit as long as you are on the same reservation, I believe up to 9 people. You don't have to have the card with you, you don't have to charge the tickets to the card.

In addition to the one free bag per person on the reservation, you also get zone 1 boarding.

I recently bought a house and have been charging my furniture to the card, I'm up to 92,000 miles total (I had miles before I got the card).
Sounds great, Purchased our January flights with Delta we usually fly SW. The card sounds great with no purchase and free 1st bag for all.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:35 AM   #9
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. . . I'm up to 92,000 miles total . . .

1) I use the Delta AMEX card for almost everything.
2) Or, we use the AMEX "Blue" due to the big rebates.
3) I still have over 420,000 miles left on the Delta AMEX. *
4) Although I have Gold status, AMEX gets more of my family. **
5) So, the pre-board, coupled with baggage fees, makes it worth while.
6) And, yes, people do get it and cancel before the annual card fee is due.

* I have had over 4-million reward miles, but we have used a lot of them.
We do use them for some USA trips, but only for First Class, as Coach Class
is usually a bad exchange rate with such cheap cash fares. The miles are
especially valuable for trans-oceanic First/Biz Class tickets as the miles far
outweigh paying cash.

** Gold Status can't get a big family on early, but AMEX is good for 9 others.
Plus, the AMEX covers everyone's Coach Class luggage, where my Gold only
works for those seated in First.
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Can someone comment on the sky club access for $25? What is that about.
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I forgot to add a couple things about the Delta AMEX card:

1) Unlike other co-branded cards, you don't need to purchase the tickets with the Delta AMEX to receive the benefits. You could use a Chase card, pay cash, or have Uncle Fred buy it for you, and on check-in you still get the free checked bag, boarding, etc. Other cards require you to purchase the ticket with the co-branded card specifically.

2) With the card, Sky Miles can be used to purchase Delta tickets instead of redeeming for a ticket at a 1 point = $0.01 rate. This is like SouthWest (WN), JetBlue (B3), and Virgin (VX?) as well as AMEX Membership Rewards redemption. Since Delta has one of the highest award redemption costs and no one-way awards, being able to purchase a ticket allows for fewer airline mile usage and the ticket earns FF miles, too (where an award would not).

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Can someone comment on the sky club access for $25? What is that about.
Info on the benefit:
https://www.delta.com/traveling_chec...ship/index.jsp

SkyClub info:
https://www.delta.com/traveling_chec...club/index.jsp

Terms & Conditions:
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Benefit is limited to Cardmembers with a Gold or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and may be used only in conjunction with same-day ticketed air travel on any airline. Payment must be made with a Gold or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. Cardmember must be at least 21 years of age to access Clubs with a self-service bar, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is a Club member or paid visitor. Up to two guests are permitted upon payment of $25 per guest. Partner lounges are not included. Amenities may vary among airport Club locations. Offers and rules subject to change. Additional restrictions may apply. All Delta Sky Club rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/skyclub. Please drink responsibly.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #12
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Thanks for all of your help. My card is on the way. I suppose my sky miles number will come with that so I can add it to my flights.
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Thanks for all of your help. My card is on the way. I suppose my sky miles number will come with that so I can add it to my flights.
I think you need to go to the Delta website and join Skymiles then when you get your Amex, link it to your Skymiles account. You don't hav to wait for your credit card to arrive to join Skymiles and add the number to your reservation.

We've flown 3 round trips on Delta in the last year since I got the credit card (most recently last week) and we've boarded in zone 1 every time. So, for now, at least, Amex cardholders are boarding in zone 1.
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I think you need to go to the Delta website and join Skymiles then when you get your Amex, link it to your Skymiles account. You don't hav to wait for your credit card to arrive to join Skymiles and add the number to your reservation.

We've flown 3 round trips on Delta in the last year since I got the credit card (most recently last week) and we've boarded in zone 1 every time. So, for now, at least, Amex cardholders are boarding in zone 1.
Thanks for the tip I joined sky miles and linked my flights.
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Thanks for the tip I joined sky miles and linked my flights.
Thanks for this information, I received my card a few weeks ago and I just signed up for sky miles. Can you help with linking my reservation to the account? Can I still do it if I purchased my airlines tickets with my Disney package? I'm so confused. I ordered the American Express card just for the free bagage offer. When I got my card, I called them, they said since I did not use my card to make the purchase, there would not be a way to have my reservation number linked to the card.
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