Many who fly Delta Air Lines hold either personal or business Amex Platinum cards for not just the power of the points to transfer to many partners (including Delta if you want) but also for the yearly perks the cards provide. One of those perks is, once you select an airline (in this case Delta) you can get credits each year up to $200 for many spend points.
Amex tells us that currently:
We “can receive up to $200 back per calendar year in statement credits for incidental travel fees charged by the one selected airline to an eligible” and ” Airline tickets, mileage points purchases or mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, upgrades, duty–free purchases, or award tickets are not eligible for statement credits.” – bold mine
Well that is somewhat helpful but also somewhat frustrating. Back “in the day” it was simple to lock in the value of this perk, that is, you would buy $50 Delta e-Gift cards (four of them) and they triggered the credits – but that died a long time ago. After that, for a while, buying gift cards in the Delta Sky Clubs triggered the credit but then that also died.
Some who don’t hold any Delta Amex cards for the free bag perk (and 15% off award tickets) use the credit for bag fees. I think if you are using them this way you need help with math but yes this does still work from reports I have seen in 2024.
For the rest of us what does still work to trigger the credit in a more meaningful way? The simple “trick” if you will still works in 2024 as you can see from my test above, that is, buy any Delta ticket with the card (after you have selected Delta as your preferred airline as I have in the shot in the opening of the post) and use any amount of Delta gift card (physical or digital) as part of the payment and that does trigger the credit. What else?
If you happened to have any amount of old ticket credit on Delta.com and use that in combination with your Amex Platinum card that too in 2024 will also trigger the yearly $200 credit (yes I know I messed up and came up $2.40 short – ah well). This works either online purchase or calling and having a rep apply the credits.
The above two are the simplest and quickest ways to lock in the full value of this yearly perk of the card and I like to do this as soon as I can so I do not forget about these valuable card perks. There may be others that you have used and if so feel free to share data points but I want to at least share what works the best for me and is still working in 2024! – René
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