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Delta companion certificates quick guide

Both the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express offer a free companion certificate each year upon renewal.  This means that once per year you can buy a round trip flight for two people and pay for just one (plus taxes and fees for the other).  Here are tips you need to know to get the most value from your certificates… Tips Buy tickets early.  Companion Tickets are…

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Highest-ever bonus: 40K miles & 10K MQMs

Amex is out with the highest signup bonus we’ve ever seen on the Delta Reserve Credit Card: 40,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. The previous high offer was 10K miles + 10K MQMs.   The Offer 10,000 MQMs and 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months Key Card Details $450 annual fee is not waived 2X on Delta purchases 1X Everywhere else Free domestic economy or first class companion…

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Why I paid 65,000 miles for a domestic flight

A couple of weeks ago I described how I was able to book two first class tickets for less than the price of one coach ticket.  I thought it might have been an isolated glitch, but readers found a number of other cases where this was possible. The trick is that you need the companion certificate issued to Delta Reserve cardholders. After I booked two of us into first class for $724.80 all-in (using my…

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Delta first class: great companion ticket deal (glitch?)

Delta First Class Dining

I stumbled upon something surprising the other day.  Thanks to my Delta Reserve companion ticket, I was able to book two people into domestic first class for less than the price of a single economy ticket. Holiday High Prices Most years we visit family in southern Florida after Christmas.  And this year we thought we would book our trip very early rather than waiting until prices skyrocket later on.  But, it turned out that prices…

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Pushing the envelope on earning Delta elite status through spend

Delta elite status

Delta is the only major airline that makes it possible to achieve top tier status through credit card spend alone.  It’s not easy to do, but it is possible.  Over the past several years, I’ve earned high level Platinum status for myself and top tier Diamond status for my wife almost entirely through credit card spend.  And this year I spent both of us to Diamond status. The top-end value of Delta SkyMiles has arguably…

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