We’re in the midst of some travel planning, and have decided to pull the trigger and apply for an American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles card. Why? Several reasons…
- Baggage fees. As I noted previously, Delta is offering to check your first bag free on every Delta flight for AmEx Delta cardholders. When we take long trips as a family, it’s not uncommon to check four bags (for the six of us). This works out to $200 in baggage fees that we’ll no longer have to pay.
- Bonus miles. There’s up to 25k bonus miles* earned as follows 20, 000 bonus miles after our first purchase plus an additional 2500 miles for adding my wife as a cardholder (you can earn up to 5, 000 bonus miles if you add two Additional Cardmembers to your account). 5000 of these miles count as MQM miles, and we’ll earn additional blocks of MQM miles depending on our spending level.
- Double miles on Delta purchases. This card offers a relatively unimpressive 1 mile per dollar spent for most purchases, but twice that for Delta Air Lines and Delta Vacations®.
- Companion certificates. Each year, we’ll receive a “companion” certificate. These can be difficult to use, but when it works out you can save a few hundred bucks. Keep in mind that payment of government taxes and fees is required and is the responsibility of the basic cardmember. Terms and restrictions apply so check out the issuers online application page to learn more about his offer.
Since we live near a Delta hub and use them for virtually all of our air travel, this card makes good sense for us for a travel credit card. The only downside is the $150 annual fee, but we’ll easily earn that back (and more) on baggage fees alone.
Anyway, I applied yesterday, got approved with a reasonably high credit line, and am now waiting for the card to arrive.