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Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

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RicHowe
Valued Contributor

Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

Press Release

New AMEX Delta Site (for changes)

 

Annual fees are going up for the new benefits. Some changes not so good.

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CreditCuriosity
Moderator Emeritus

Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

Trivial AF changes on least gold, but I see some of the other nerfs.  Wonder how big time Delta people will react.  Just used alot of my sky pesos for a upcoming trip so might be a time for me to get out right after AF hits this month.  Least I would have an excuse if i so choose so they thought I wasnt "churning" as they changed the rules Smiley Happy

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hawkins
Frequent Contributor

Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

Based on what I just read it’s nothing impressive at all. Better of with the gold card or platinum. Typical Delta.
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Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

Nothing special. 2x at restaurants on my Delta Gold is nice in a vacuum, but I get 4x MRs on my Gold card already and MRs beat SkyPesos any day so...meh.
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simplynoir
Community Leader
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Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

Can someone translate if any of this is worth the AF increase? Because I'm not seeing it

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ToxikPH
Established Contributor

Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

If the Amex Plat/Gold didn't exist I could totally see myself using either the Delta Plat or Reserve as my only card.
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MrCreditInternational
Frequent Contributor

Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

It sucks that the plat is going from 195 to 250 whole the Delta lounge went from 29 to 39 per visit. The 3x on hotels and Delta is nice, but totally useless with any basic travel card. Might still be worth it tho for the companion pass

Schwab Amex Platinum (NPSL); Amex Gold (NPSL); HH Aspire (31,700); Amex BBP (27,000); HSBC Premier WMC (18,000); USB Altitude Reserve (10,000); Chase Sapphire Preferred (5,800), Delta Platinum (5,000); Apple Card (4,750); USB Altitude Go (1,000)

Started collecting cards: Oct/2018
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Anonymous
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Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

Thanks for sharing @RicHowe! This definitely affects me. A bit to think about concerning my future line up. 

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Shadowfactor
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Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards

The only worthwhile change I’m seeing in theory is the complimentary upgrades for Reserve card holders.

In reality you have almost 0% chance of clearing, I suppose some of the smaller routes you could theoretically clear if traveling late at night or on the weekends.

Don’t see how any of this is worth the AF hike.
Still undecided if I will grandfather in for one more year for DL platinum and then cancel.
$250 for a CP roundtrip is bordering on the point where it’s more cost effective to be flexible. If you have the Visa Infinite Air discount the AF hike make this almost worthless.

This year I booked Economy and paid $75 more then I would have paid on AA for my flight to use the CP. Flight price was $350 for CLE-SFO. So take off the $75 I overpaid that’s $275. Then take off $100 Visa discount that’s $175 for a CP ticket. I lost out on the AF and I won’t get a free upgrade if I flew AA.




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ToxikPH
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Re: Major Changes to AMEX Delta Cards


@Shadowfactor wrote:
The only worthwhile change I’m seeing in theory is the complimentary upgrades for Reserve card holders.

In reality you have almost 0% chance of clearing, I suppose some of the smaller routes you could theoretically clear if traveling late at night or on the weekends.

Don’t see how any of this is worth the AF hike.
Still undecided if I will grandfather in for one more year for DL platinum and then cancel.
$250 for a CP roundtrip is bordering on the point where it’s more cost effective to be flexible. If you have the Visa Infinite Air discount the AF hike make this almost worthless.

This year I booked Economy and paid $75 more then I would have paid on AA for my flight to use the CP. Flight price was $350 for CLE-SFO. So take off the $75 I overpaid that’s $275. Then take off $100 Visa discount that’s $175 for a CP ticket. I lost out on the AF and I won’t get a free upgrade if I flew AA.

You make an incredibly good point, flexibility seems to pay in this scenario and I can imagine very often. Looks like my Delta Gold is being downgraded to Blue and SD. 

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