One of the perks of Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card as well as the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card is the yearly companion certificate or BOGO “Buy One Get One” free* cert (*second passenger only pays taxes and fees).
A nice benefit of these certs is that they are fully transferable, that is, you can book two seats for anyone you want with these (think mom, dad or friends., etc). They can even pay for them with anyone’s Amex card, that is, it does not have to be paid with the Amex card that you earned the cert from.
You can even, if you want to, book two seats for yourself with these certs and fly with an empty seat next to you (you must check-in both boarding passes each flight fyi).
During COVID Delta has done the right thing by extending the expiration of the certs over and over again so that now you have until the end of January 2023 to book and fly them (eCredits are extended till the end of 2023 and able to be flown till end 2024).
These certs are nice but far from perfect. Finding open space to use them is one of the biggest issues most readers complain about. Plus, the fact that only the primary flyer earns any frequent flyer rewards when flying on the cert.
Another negative about these certs has been that you have to use pay in full with an Amex card. That has now quietly been changed. Take a look:
As you can see from the screenshot from Delta.com, Delta now will now allow you to combine the cert, and officially, up to 4 more eCredits toward the ticket and then pay whatever is leftover with your Amex card if there is anything left over to pay. I say officially by the way because there are a number of reports that reps can combine an almost unlimited amount of credits if you have lots of them but the catch is they all have to be in your name.
While this is not a massive program change it is a positive one and give Delta credit where credit is due and this is one we can applaud them for. – René
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