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Worth the fee? Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card Benefits & Review

Pros
  • Earns Medallion Qualification Miles. If you’re trying to reach Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Medallion, this card lets you earn miles toward the status without flying. You earn 10,000 MQMs after $25,000 in purchases in a calendar year, and another 10,000 MQMs after you spend $50,000 on the card, up to 20,000 total. You also get 10,000 regular miles each time you cross the threshold, up to 20,000 total.
  • Includes a Companion Certificate. You can fly a companion for free (plus taxes and fees) on domestic Delta flights each year you renew the card. It’s an electronic certificate you can redeem on Delta.com and works on flights that have some of the lower fares.
Cons
  • A big annual fee. The right to earn Medallion Qualification Miles without flying doesn’t come cheap – the annual fee here is $195.
  • No boost on regular mile earning. You just earn a straight 1 mile per dollar on most spending, and 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases. There are several other cards from American Express that can earn you SkyMiles faster. Check here to compare.
Overall Rating
4.5/5 Stars   
Key Features

For a $195 annual fee this card earns 1 Delta mile per dollar, and 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases. It gives you a first bag free on Delta flights for up to 8 people, priority boarding, a companion ticket, and the ability to earn Medallion Qualifying Miles.

With so many choices to earn Delta SkyMiles via a credit card, there are really only two reasons you should get this card over the others:

1. You want a boost on Medallion status.

This is a big one. If you want to keep earning Medallion status with Delta, this is a smart way to boost your balance. Even if you think you’ll hit the status you want this year just from flying, remember that Delta lets you roll over extra Medallion Qualifying Miles each year. So what you earn from the card each year won’t go to waste. Instead, it can go toward helping you re-qualify next year.

2. You can get value out of the companion certificate.

If you travel each year with a companion domestically, then there’s a good shot you’ll get something out of this.

The certificate requires you book some of the lower available fares, which is fine. And availability isn’t perfect, but it is pretty decent if you plan ahead. So if you end up using the certificate, you’ll save $300 or so in airfare each year. That more than covers the annual fee in value.

 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

$0

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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2 thoughts on Worth the fee? Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card Benefits & Review

  1. Shae

    Can I use my Delta platinum card to book delta flights from a third party website and will I still receive those miles?

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