Flying Delta Air Lines Can Be Better with… Credit Cards?! (How Easy!) | TPG

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Delta is one of the best, okay, the best, U.S.
carriers to deal with. Now, I’ve flown a million miles on Delta, so I’ve earned some pretty nice
perks through Elite status. But even if you’re just
a casual Delta flyer, you can get a lot of those perks by holding the right card. So let’s talk about some
of the cards that I have in my wallet, and then some
that you’re better off skipping, if you’re looking to get
the best Delta experience. As the TPG Delta Connoisseur,
let’s talk about the first card you should consider. That’s the Delta Reserve
card from American Express. Now this is the creme de la
creme of all Delta cards, and it packs a serious punch. Now just for signing up
and holding this card, you get a buy one, get one
companion pass each year in first class, access
to Delta’s global network of Sky Club lounges, a free checked bag, priority boarding, and
some other Amex perks like purchase protection,
warranty extension, and even baggage delay insurance. The $450 dollar annual fee may seem steep, but it’s even less than just the Sky Club membership itself, which
retails for over $500 dollars. Not to mention that buy one, get one first class seat you get. So if you’re a small
business owner or consultant, consider the Delta
Reserve for Business card. Now with this card, you
get all of the perks I just mentioned, but
there’s one big bonus. You can have employee cards,
so each version of this card that you give to an employee,
whenever they spend money, you, as the business
owner, will earn miles into that master account. Alright, so now let’s talk about my second favorite Delta card. That would be the Platinum
card from American Express. Now this card doesn’t even
have Delta branding on it, but it’s really useful to
consider if you’re a semi-frequent or frequent flyer with Delta. So you may be wondering
why you would want a card with Delta that’s not a Delta card. Well, the Amex Platinum
is the only non-Delta card that still gets your free
access to Delta’s global network of Sky Club airline lounges,
and that’s a big deal. But in addition to that, it offers a ton of other
travel related perks. So if you’re already silver or gold, and you’ve got Priority
Boarding and free checked bags taken care of, the rest
of the Amex Platinum perks may make more sense for you. Now the Amex Platinum offers
a ton of travel benefits that the Delta Reserve doesn’t. So if you travel a lot, these
may be interesting to you. We’re talking Gold elite status in the new Marriott Bonvoy program
without any stay requirements, Gold elite status in the Hilton
Honors, also with no stay requirements, a fee credit
to cover Global Entry and TSA Pre check, both of
which are vital services for air travelers who value their time. (sighs) Okay. There’s a few more, monthly Uber credits, free Boingo Wi-Fi, Elite
status in three of the biggest car rental agencies, access
to Amex Centurion lounges at airports across the globe, and the ability to transfer
your points to partners, including Delta’s own Sky Miles program. (sighs) That’s a long list to run
down, but that’s great news for you signing up. Now, if you weren’t already aware, the Amex Platinum earns five
X on any airfare purchase, including Delta, so once
you have those points, you can transfer them into
your Sky Miles account for more free flights. Now that actually trumps the two X earned on the Delta Reserve. So technically, you’re better
off buying Delta tickets with an Amex Platinum. It has a $550 annual fee,
which is pretty steep, but that’s easily recouped by
even semi-frequent travelers. Okay so let’s talk about the rest. Delta offers co-branded
Amex cards at the Gold and Platinum level, and while
they have lower annual fees, I wouldn’t really recommend them. They don’t offer a whole
lot beyond Priority boarding and a free checked bag. And you’re still gonna be on your own for lounge access. So given that, I’d recommend
springing for one of the premium cards like the Delta Reserve or the American Express platinum card. So if you wanna learn more
about which Delta card is best for you, be sure to
check out thepointsguy.com and subscribe to our YouTube
channel to get more videos just like this to make
your travels truly epic.

 

16 Responses

  1. Howard Hsu

    February 14, 2019 5:33 am

    Delta Platinum gives you an annual bogo flight as well in economy. A ticket could easily cover the annual fee.

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  2. Michael B

    March 3, 2019 1:16 pm

    With all respect, this is misleading to average Americans. Most people dont spend enough to warrant such rewards so quickly. The only way you get rewards is by spending…..i only make 55k yearly!!!

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  3. Bill S

    March 3, 2019 6:46 pm

    I have the AMEX Platinum and significant points, planning a big trip next year and was going to transfer over if the prices were better. Question I have is does Delta ever offer a better deal than the 1:1 transfer rate? I swear I saw a better transfer rate a few weeks/months back and I can't find any info on it online. Love the channel and videos, I've done a lot of free traveling in the past 3-4 years!

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  4. Felix Soheili

    March 3, 2019 11:41 pm

    Personally as a Canadian. I try to fly as many United segments because

    1.They are generally cheaper than Air Canada to the US

    2. Star Gold is Star Gold

    3. All flights from Canada are considered international therefore United Club access.

    4. No PQDs as I ain’t American.

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  5. Omar Velez

    March 5, 2019 5:35 pm

    I already told Delta that if you don’t value First Class ticket passengers by extending the sky club lounge courtesy then what’s the point of paying premium?

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  6. Rob Klaproth

    June 18, 2019 5:10 pm

    The reserve card is a POOR choice for "infrequent" travelers. Why would someone need a $500 lounge membership if they only fly a few times a year? I have the Delta Gold Amex, for $95 a year, and I pay just $30 to visit the lounge whenever I NEED to visit the lounge, so I'm not forced to feel like I need to use the lounge to get the annual fee worth. I have TSA precheck, and would rather spend more time at home and less time in an airport lounge. It is handy to have lounge when you have a 2 hour layover but I try to book only nonstop flights.

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  7. That Guy

    September 12, 2019 6:17 am

    I just got the delta gold and got 60k bonus miles after spending $1k in first three months. Checked out a 400 dollar round trip flight to Boston the other day. Only 22,500 miles to cover it. I also got a 50 dollar statement credit added on my first delta purchase. That could be over 800 dollars in flights with 15k miles leftover And the $50 credit. I got my 60k bonus miles and $50 credit 3 days after I reached the 1k spending threshold . (Even though the offer stated it would take 8-12 weeks after reaching the threshold for all of it to reach my account). I’m thoroughly pleased with it thus far.

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  8. Gui Laine

    September 19, 2019 10:28 pm

    All this is great when you're wealthy. But most of us aren't. So what do you suggest for us the poor ?
    We can afford just 2 trips a year, 3 weeks in total, for a maximum cost of 3000€ per year (yes with a salary of 1700€ per mo and half of it going to the state for the taxes), we can't afford your way of life.

    So stop showing off how rich you are, and give hints for us workers with low income.

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  9. Christine Lozada

    September 25, 2019 3:38 am

    Thanks for making me goooood about my love for delta and my choice w my amex platinum. YAHHHH! I LOVE ITTTT!

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  10. Cho ASMR

    February 13, 2020 7:16 am

    you're sleeping on the delta platinum. For those of us who are less frequent flyers but still want to get easy value, the companion pass alone could recoup the cost of the annual fee with 2 flights per year. This would especially be great for couples who fly together on vacations which I would argue is the vast majority of families in the US.

    The reserve seems pretty elite, but honestly, I think it would make more sense to do a Delta Platinum + Amex platinum. You'd save on the annual fees by a lot.

    Nice video! Will check out your others! 🙂

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