300 Membership Rewards Points for Using Amex Platinum at Delta SkyClubs

by on May 3, 2011 · 18 comments

in American Express, Delta, Free Miles/ Points

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American Express and Delta are teaming up in May and June to reward Platinum card holders who visit SkyClubs. When you gain entrance with your Platinum card (which is an included benefit of the card, full overview here), you will get a physical coupon that you can redeem for 300 Membership Rewards points. Apparently you can only earn one per club per day, but there are multiple locations in airports like ATL, JFK and DTW, so it may behoove you to go SkyClub hopping to pick up these coupons (and who knows, you may be able to get two from the same lounge if they don’t recognize you when you come back – can’t hurt to try).

I have Delta SkyClub access for being a Diamond Medallion, but I’ll be using my Platinum card for access instead so I can rack up the coupons. 300 points here and there can add up pretty quickly. I won’t be visiting a SkyClub until this Friday, so please feel free to comment below on your success rate.

I started scratching my head when I heard about this promo, because why would Amex want to reward you for using complimentary lounge access that is a part of your Platinum benefits? My guess is that over the next 5 months, American Express will be doing lots of “nice” things to make us all forget that Continental is leaving the Membership Rewards program. While this is a bummer, I personally would rather have the new benefits: $200 in airline fee rebates, Free Global Entry, No Foreign Transaction Fees and Free Priority Pass Select instead of Continental as a transfer partner and lounge access.

While I think Amex has done a great job of beefing up the Platinum card benefits, I’d like to see them sweeten the Membership Rewards to Starwood transfer ratio. Right now its at an uncompetitive 3 Amex equals 1 Starpoint ratio, so I’d love to see it become 1:1 (or even 2:1). Considering they offer the Starwood co-branded credit card, I don’t think it’s that crazy to ponder. Either way, I suspect lots more promos and freebies in the coming months- it’s a good time to be an Amex cardholder!

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  • Caroline Lowman

    I will be in Atlanta on Saturday and I have a 2 1/2 hour layover. With 8 clubs I have the potential to get 2400 MR points. Do you think I have enough time to hit all 8?

  • Dan Ramsan

    The Idea is quite simple – AmEx pays priority pass for every lounge access ( or the sum affects them in another way). so they ‘pay’ you to go to a lounge that’s free for them, as opposed to a lounge that will cost them money.

    but stil that’s awesome

  • The Points Guy

    @Caroline- you can do it! You may have to hustle, but I plan to do the same next time im in ATL!

    @Dan- From a domestic lounge perspective, you’d only use your Priority Pass for Alaska lounge access.

  • Katie

    I visited the DTW lounge outside the C concourse on Sunday night, May 1st. I didn’t know about this deal unfortunately, so I didn’t get a coupon when I checked in with my AmEx Platinum card :(

    Moral of the story: ask for the coupon!

  • dan ramsen

    @TPG, Good point. but some airports also have privately operated Lounges.

  • jim walker

    How do you redeem these physical coupons?

  • Matt R

    Just hit up the 7 open sky clubs this morning in ATL. Second club on Concourse E was closed. No trouble logging the rewards certificates.

  • The Points Guy

    Jim- you redeem them at a website, each coupon has a unique code

    @Matt I went to 3 Skyclubs at JFK this AM and only one was open! I also plan to snag one when I land in LAX. When I went to the JFK club I had to specifically ask, but she had a big pile handy

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  • troy

    TPA had stacks of the certificates just sitting on the counter…

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  • Rob

    @TPG – Any idea if these certificates will count to MR point advances?

  • The Points Guy

    @Rob- sure, why not? Amex just stipulates you need to earn back X amount of miles within a year. I see no reason why these wouldn’t count.

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  • deltaguy

    I promptly entered my certificates, received emails that they had been credited, but no credit in my american express rewards account. Interesting! Anyone actually seen them hit their account?

  • Dewhit6959

    I have picked up five or six of the certificates when I remember to use my Platinum card. (( I have become so accustomed to using the Reserve and have to remind myself)) When the required info is entered, I received emails the next day usually alerting that the 300 points have been credited. There are some individuals on various sites that claim to have picked thirty or more certificates in one day and used. I do not know if they received credit for all. I believe the promotion ended at the end of June ?

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