Delta American Express Platinum and Reserve Card Companion Pass Details

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Both the Delta Platinum personal and business cards, as well as the Delta Reserve personal and business card offer companion certificates after the first year of cardmembership, however American Express does not actively market these benefits. A lot of readers had questions about the terms of the companion passes of each card since Amex does not provide the information, I thought I would. This information is a mix of information gleaned from Delta phone reps as well as online research and asking friends who have these certificates.

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Delta companion certificates can save you $100’s.

I got the personal version of this card last month and earned 40,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQM’s for meeting the minimum spend on it, so when I get the business version as well and meet the spending requirements, I’ll end up with a total of 95,000 bonus miles and 35,000 MQM’s (and that’s not counting if I hit the annual spend threshold bonus on MQM’s). That’s worth it to me because I’m not quite ready to double down and commit completely to American Airlines, and these MQM’s will put me over my status qualification and still leave plenty above and beyond it for rollover into 2014 for a good head start on my 2015 Medallion qualification.

When it comes to Delta’s companion certificates, they offer two different ones.

Platinum Cards
For the Delta Platinum Business American Express and Delta Platinum American Express, cardholders will receive a Delta Platinum Companion Certificate good for a free coach companion ticket within the 48 contiguous United States. Here are the specific terms:

  • Area of Travel – Travel within the 48 Contiguous U.S.
  • Booking Class – Coach only (Fare Classes L, U, T, X, V)
  • Excludes Delta codeshare flights
  • Medallion Upgrades are not allowed
  • Certificate is transferable, however must be purchased by member names on certificate
  • Paid ticket will earn SkyMiles, however the companion ticket will not
  • Certificate is valid for redemption up to one year from date of issue

Reserve Cards
For those with the Delta Reserve Personal Card or the Delta Reserve Business Card, cardholders will receive a Delta Reserve Companion Certificate which is basically the same as above, however it’s good for first class as well. Since bookings made with a companion certificate are not valid for Medallion upgrades, if you value domestic first class, then booking it outright is something to consider. Here are the terms:

  • Area of Travel-Travel within the 48 Contiguous U.S.
  • Booking Class- First or Coach (First Classes – A,D; Coach Classes – L, U, T, X, V)
  • Excludes Delta codeshare flights
  • Certificate is transferable, however must be purchased by member names on certificate
  • Paid ticket will earn SkyMiles, however the companion ticket will not
  • Certificate is valid for redemption up to one year from date of issue

You can redeem your companion certificates online.

The Delta Gold American Express used to offer a $99 companion certificate, but that has been discontinued. However, for those of you like me who one (or more) of these other cards, I wanted to pull a few examples for some flights to see how much these can be worth.

I found some flights from New York-Los Angeles in September running $371 roundtrip where I would be able to apply either Companion Certificate since this in coach, and in an eligible fare class.

Delta JFK-LAX for $371 roundtrip.
Delta JFK-LAX for $371 round-trip.

If you want to use the Delta Reserve Companion Certificate for a First Class trip, you would need either A or D fare class availability. I was able to find a trip from Seattle to Atlanta in First Class for $1,173, and the companion ticket would be free.

SEA-ATL in First Class.
Delta SEA-ATL in First Class for $1,173.

So depending on how you use the companion certificates, they can get you some decent value and  offset the annual fee for the cards in my opinion. However, the specific fare classes and other rules are definitely something to consider which make using these companion certificates potentially time-consuming and expensive.

Have you had any experience using these companion certificates? Any lucrative routes you recommend using them on, feel free to share your feedback below!

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