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Your best bet is to book these tickets far ahead of time, when most of the fare classes are still available. Expect to pay taxes and fees of no more than $75, for the companion.
 
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Getting this card will take up one of your four available Amex credit card slots. If you are collecting signup bonuses, you may want to postpone getting this card until you've had an opportunity to collect the signup bonuses on Amex's other cards. Dealing with the Amex 4 Credit Card Limit.
  
 
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One of the benefits of the Delta Platinum and Delta Reserve credit cards is an annual companion certificate, which entitles you to two tickets for the price of one, on round trip flights, within the contiguous 48 states. You can’t use them on a trip to Hawaii or Japan, but you can get a free flight from coast-to-coast.

The certificate from the Delta Platinum Credit Card ($250 annual fee) lets you travel in coach. The one from the Delta Reserve Card ($550 annual fee) allows for travel in any class.

On the surface, this is a great benefit, allowing you to save hundreds of dollars on the cost of purchasing two tickets. However, you are limited to certain fare classes, and then only to some of the flights where those classes are available. This sometimes makes it impossible to use the certificates when you want to. Delta has lots of convenient flights, but their loyalty program is hard to deal with—and the companion certificates are no exception.

If you fly on Delta often enough, you should be able to get good value from their companion certificates. If you don’t fly Delta that often, you risk being disappointed each time you want to use them, and not getting a chance to use them before they expire.

Your best bet is to book these tickets far ahead of time, when most of the fare classes are still available. Expect to pay taxes and fees of no more than $75, for the companion.

Getting this card will take up one of your four available Amex credit card slots. If you are collecting signup bonuses, you may want to postpone getting this card until you've had an opportunity to collect the signup bonuses on Amex's other cards. Dealing with the Amex 4 Credit Card Limit.


Companion certificate rules

  • The eligible coach fare classes are L, U, T, X, and V.  The eligible front-of-the-plane classes are A and I.  The entire ticket must be booked in the same fare bucket—you can’t use different qualifying fare classes on different segments.
  • Even though the certificate is only good for travel in the 48 contiguous states, if you live in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands, you can use the certificate to travel between your home state and the rest of the country.
  • No stopovers or open jaws are allowed.
  • You need to book at least 14 days in advance, with a 3 to 30-night stay.
  • Tickets are not eligible for upgrades.
  • You must use your Delta credit card to pay for the ticket.
  • The 1st person’s fare will earn miles; the companion fare will not.
  • If you cancel the reservation, you’ll lose your certificate. Making a change costs $200 per ticket.
  • Tickets are redeemable online. 
  • Keep in mind that you only get the certificate on your card’s anniversary, so you won’t receive a certificate the first year you have the card.

Other benefits of the Delta credit cards

The companion certificate is only one of the benefits of getting the Delta Reserve or Platinum card.

  • The typical signup bonus is 30-75,000 points, enough for up to 3 domestic coach tickets. The more expensive Delta Reserve card typically has a lower signup bonus of 10,000 miles (but you'll also receive 10,000 elite qualifying miles).
  • The cardholder, and up to eight other passengers, get their first bag checked free and priority boarding, as long as the cardholder’s frequent flyer number was used on the reservation.
  • 20% discount on inflight purchases.
  • Potentially earn MQMs. You can earn up to 20,000 MQMs with the Delta Platinum card (10,000 MQMs per $25,000 spent) and up to 60,0000 MQMs with the Delta Reserve card (15,000 MQMs per $30,000 spent). You'll also waive the dollar qualifying requirement (for levels up to Diamond) with a total of $25,000 spend.
  • Delta Reserve cardholders get access to the Delta Sky Club and Amex Centurion Lounges, when flying on Delta flights. Companions cost $39/each at Sky Clubs, and $50/each at Centurion Lounges.



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