The Delta Platinum American Express Skymiles card has become worth a great deal less in the past year. It is still possible to earn up to 20,000 MQM's per year if you charge $50,000.00 on the card per year. The MQM's help maintain elite status. But the redeemable miles which are earned at a rate of $1 equals one mile is not very good. AMEX use to offer 2 miles per dollar on many catagories. Now only Delta purchases equal two miles per dollar.
The biggest problem is that Delta has changed it's award chart. They have devalued the worth of a mile by requiring more miles for the same trip. A round trip from anywhere in the USA to Europe in bussiness class now requires at least 100,000 miles. That is up from 90,000 miles last year. However it's very difficult to find a seat for 100,000 miles. If you are willing to spend 200,000 miles (mid tier) you can generally find a seat.
So you need to charge around $200,000 for one free ticket. That is not a good deal and dooesn't justify the big annual fee. Use this card only if you need the MQM's.
Saint Petersburg, FL
I've saved tons of money with my Skymiles Amex Card
I've had my Delta Skymiles card for five years now, and have been very happy with it. I'm not a frequent flyer, but I've still been able to pay for one to two domestic flights per year using my rewards from this card. Here are the pros and cons, broken down.
- Each Year you receive a companion ticket for a domestic flight on Delta. You have to pay full price for your ticket, but your companion's ticket is free (you must still pay for tax)
- Get miles for every dollar you spend, plus bonus miles if you enroll in skymiles dining, skymiles shopping, etc. You also earn bonus miles for certain purchases.
- Website is easy to use for viewing your bill, making payments, etc. You can also sign up for alerts reminding you your bill is due, etc
- Delta now has a pay with miles feature, so you can redeem 10,000 miles for $100 off your ticket price. I believe this can only be done with certain flights, though.
- Steep yearly charge of $150.
- Many places don't accept American Express
- It is becoming harder and harder to book tickets using your Delta Skymiles. Flights book up fast, and the amount of miles charged for redeeming a ticket have gone up.
If your trip changes they penalize you.
We have had our american express card for over 9 years. We recently used our sky miles for two tickets for travel at Christmas time. Now we can no longer take that trip, due to our daughter is able to fly home from her military training for Christmas. They want to charge us $150 per ticket to redeposit our airline miles. What kind of good business practice is that? We have been a loyal Delta customer for over 20 years. I am thinking it is time to ditch the credit card and flying with Delta.
Maple Valley, WA
It gives you more than some other freq. flyer cards.
I've been with the program for several years now, and like it better than two others I belong to......mostly because of the double mile promotions they run every so often. One thing that I don't like is that now you end up paying a lot more miles for the trips. They are making it harder to travel on your miles.
Best credit card ever
The AmEx Delta Platinum is is my favorite credit card ever. I charge absolutely everything on it and pay it off in full religiously. This would not be a good card for someone who carries a balance, as the interest rate is high. Also, the only reason to have this card is if you like to travel internationally, which I do. The reason I say this is that the annual fee for the card is $150, and Delta is about to start charging for FF miles redemption. If all you do is fly domestic, it means the miles aren't worth much, but if you fly first class internationally, the miles are worth over a nickel apiece, and that's more than 5% back, better than any other card. You even get a lot of bonus miles, like 20000 for spending $50K in a year, which we always do. You also get double miles on groceries, gas, home improvement, etc, making that a 10% return. Also, the customer service is terrific - they have solved problems for us, got our money back when we've had trouble with a retailer, etc etc. I can't say enough good things about this card!
Broken Arrow, OK
delta skymiles is the best. Went on a lot of trips free.
I have been using delta sky miles from american express for years. Have gotten a lot of free trips. Also got companion free trips when I do not have enough of points. So either way I am only paying for 1 fare for 2 people.
Islip Terrace, NY
I use my credit card everywhere for everything. The points add up so quickly. I haven't paid for an airline ticket in so long because of mileage points accumulated. Besides the rewards you also have the guarantee of AmEx when you purchase.
USE IT AND FLY
GREAT WAY TO GET POINTS AND GET FREE AIRLINE TICKETS USED TO BUY PRODUCTS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING EXPENSES AND BEST OF ALL POINTS CAN BE USED FOR OTHER VACTIONS ITEMS LIKE CAR RETAL HOTEL AND MUCH MORE AND USE TO ACULMALTED POINTS THRU OTHER PROGRAMS EXCHANGABLE WITH DETLA AIRLINES
Use Miles for International Travel - That's It!
You should only carry/use this card if you intend on using the miles for international travel on a partner airline. We used Delta FF miles to book a flight from Boston to Bali on partner airline Singapore Airlines. We flew first class on Delta (Boston to Los Angeles) and business class on Singapore (Los Angeles to Singapore to Bali). The business class on Singapore was far superior to the first class on Delta - night and day. We figured if we had to pay for the business class tickets on Singapore, it would have cost us in excess of $10K, so the use of the Delta FF miles was well worth carrying and using the card despite the $135 annual fee. If you fly often on Delta and are a medallion member, it might make sense to carry and use this card for the bonus miles, but due to recent cutbacks in capacity, it might be a lot harder to use your hard earned FF miles to book travel.
Hyde Park, MA
After 10 years of Free Hawaiian flights, we are BUMPED!
We just went through a very disappointing Delta Airlines experience. So bad we are selling our Maui timeshare so we do not have to fly 15 hours to arrive at 9PM after taking off at 5:30AM EST and arrive to get the last available suite for the 2 week period we own. We use our Delta Skymiles to fly free for 10 years & the first 5 they were arriving at 4PM, a rental car was ready for us, 30 minutes ride was in daylight & we were in a much better mood arriving for 4PM check in. The last 5 years we have been changed & changed again & told we have no seats when I have seats on my E-ticket that they have changed 5 times since my April reservation to fly in February next year. March,2006: Just got online to book 2/15/2007 CLE-OGG and now they want 70,000 miles per person for COACH! Not 70,000 per couple.
I phoned in 2006 verifying our flight info & nothing had changed. We were flying a new route from CLE-SLC-OGG arriving at 3PM or CLE-ATL-HNL arriving at 11PM & then inter island flight we pay for or CLE- CVG-HNL & again inter island flight we pay for & that is round trip! So I learn we got CLE-SLC-OGG, 9 hour flight arriving at 3PM. I am ecstatic! We arrive at CLE Hopkins go to 2B gate & I say good morning to the gentleman in a new suit at the counter, a step up in my book, from the navy blue vests on white shirts on men, blouses on ladies. He asked where we were headed & I said "Maui". A few minutes later we are paged by him. Turns out the flight to SLC is an 80 seat plane & they have over 100 guests. So he informs up WE HAVE BEEN BUMPED. SO I sit down & phone AMEX NYC corporate office for my rep Howard. He transfers me to the CEO who is livid withthe lack of service Delta is giving the company who gave them 47 million to get out of bankruptcy. Now AMEX customers are being stomped on with lack of service. We are ELITE Delta members, we board before FC. Now we are bumped!!!!!
So now we are paged again, the man apologizes for the mixup & he changed our reservation giving us FC to ATL & nonstop to Maui. He stated we'd be an hour late. He also gave us $7 each breakfast & lunch vouchers for our 1.5 hour wait at each airport. FC on Delta isn't what it used to be. China plates, cups & saucers have been replaced with plastic glasses for booze, paper cups like coach for coffee or tea, plastic for cold beverages again just like coach. So I have 2 Bloody Marys as did my DH. Then we are ready for breakfast & she asks what beverage everyone wanted & passes them out. No white tablecloth, so I knew we were not in true FC! Sure enough my coffee comes with powder creamer & sugar in a paper cup. Then she comes down the aisle with a big basket with granola bars, cookies, cheese crackers for folks to help themselves. This is FC breakfast? The bathroom had a line from coach at it, where is the drawn curtain? Then we board ATL-OGG, we know it is 11 hour flight as we have flown reverse coming home many times. We are on 14 hours & nowhere near Hawaii. Then I see the TV screen & the map with the red line showing we flew from ATL north to Chicago then west to Seattle then to Maui. WHAT???? We landed at 10:30PM. Our rental car was given away & we get an ugly car with no cruise control & scratch, dented, unreal from Budget Rental. We have friends waiting for us & we missed the free drinks from 4-6PM. So we arrive at Embassy at midnight to learn that we get a 6th floor suite not the usual 11 or 12. Then we are returning with the reservation I have on my E-Ticket. I just happen to call Delta & learn that our flight home is later by 2 hours. We have Aloha early going to HNL to board DL to ATL. Nothing to do at the airport, but it was a bad day for them, so we just stood & let all the rude ones get out of our way. Then I am looking for a kiosk to get boarding passes since Aloha has our luggage going to CLE but they do not print DL boarding passes. The ticket counter has 50 folks in line. So we head for the gate & get it there. The clerk tells us she is busy to return in an hour. So we sit & wait. Folks are in line at the counter & an hour later the gal shows to service folks & we board in 30 minutes. So in line we go for boarding passes. 2 guys in front of us know her, she tells them they get EEAS & the seats numbers are ours! She is putting us in aisle 41 not 17A&B which I have had since April 2005! I showed her our E-Ticket which she tore up & gave us the row 41 seats. I told I wanted the boss. 20 minutes later she showed & gave us 18A&B telling us other Elite members got EEAS. Then our luggage isn't in CLE & no one at DL office. So back up to ticket counter for assistance but I guess they have no other flights that night as everyone is gone. This is a #1 airline? So we drive home to hear DL pilots are ready to strike & if they do that will kill DL. 200,000 miles & no airline??? So I phoned with a complaint on our whole trip & all the inconvenience we were put through by it. They tell me that we knew when they emailed me, as we are in the air, telling us they changed flights. They had been told to phone my cell phone only. But no they email only???? Our luggage still has not shown & that is a month ago we returned. C/S is not at all helpful when you phone DL. I have had it! So beware on your reservations, you may also be rudely awakened.
Oh yes, I cancelled the DL Skymiles card instead I took AMEX Blue, variety of airlines to use and they make sure you are booked onthe flight you want. Why do the planes say DELTA when they should state AMERICAN EXPRESS AIR! Also we did sell our timeshare back to the property.