Points, Miles, and Martinis contributor Greg shares his thoughts on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and how his family is able to save on their travels with it.
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As a somewhat infrequent traveler with a family, the only time I am flying is the holidays, a vacation, and a rare business obligation. I don’t accumulate enough status miles to earn even the lowest tier of Delta Air Lines, Silver Medallion. However, I have found the benefits and perks of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express to be an amazing value.
Every other year, we take a trip from Houston to Vermont during the holidays to see my wife’s extended family. Between gifts and lots of heavy clothes, there is always at least three checked bags between the 4 of us. It’s also convenient to not have large bags to lug around the terminal when traveling with kids.
Delta Air Lines raised their check bag fee to $30 per piece in late 2018. Because I have the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card attached to my SkyMiles account, I get one free checked bag per passenger on my reservation (up to 9). This results in a savings of $180 for each holiday trip we take when flying Delta.
The card does have a $195 annual fee, but every anniversary year of the card renewal includes a domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate. This is what me and my wife use for our wedding anniversary to visit in NYC for a relaxing getaway weekend. A roundtrip ticket usually cost around $300, but with the companion certificate two tickets after taxes and fees is $350. This results in a savings of $250 each year!
I don’t have a lot of flexibility when flying and the ideal award space is not always available. Occasionally when considering a trip, I will use Pay-With-Miles to help reduce the cash price of a ticket. I prefer to use my SkyMiles for award trips, but I know that if I need to buy a flight and can’t find award space, I will always get at least 1 cent per mile. Having multiple ways to redeem SkyMiles makes me not worry about accruing points that will not get used.
Overall, there are many other benefits to the card like early boarding, no foreign transaction fees, and elite mileage boast. The variety and quantity of benefits makes the card great for all types of individuals. I have once used the $29 discounted SkyClub day pass during a long delay which was relaxing during a hectic day.