Old Delta SkyMiles AMEX and checked bag fees

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Old Delta SkyMiles AMEX and checked bag fees

Postby lushkie » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:20 pm


I signed up for a Delta SkyMiles American Express a few years ago. After the first year, I decided I didn't want to pay the $95 annual fee, so I just downgraded the card to the standard no-fee American Express.

I still have the original Delta SkyMiles AMEX, and it's not expired. The credit card number is exactly the same as my "active" AMEX card.

I'm taking a trip on Delta soon, and I'm wondering if I can get a free checked bag with that old Delta SkyMiles card AMEX. I don't see why I couldn't since the credit card number is exactly the same. Anybody have any experience with this?

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Postby Cre » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:49 pm

Your raised account number may be the same, but isn't the flat printed four digit security code on your newer card different?

Delta's computers know that I have a Delta Amex card. It automatically shows up on my SkyMiles account page. Delta's computers know the type of card (Reserve) and the associated benefits. This computer awareness is reflected every time I check bags, and every time I get a boarding pass. I don't even have to present the card when I visit the Sky Club. Delta's computers already know. I'm not sure if that gives you any insight about what you are trying to do, but I say this to say that I never have been asked to physically present my Delta Amex card to any Delta decision maker for any reason.

Flashing your old expired card to the checked baggage agent may or may not get them to waive the fees. The security code on the old card will indicate that the old card is no longer valid, because it will not match the security code on the current valid card, despite the account numbers being the same. If a waiver is granted, it will be likely a manual override waiver on the agent's part, just to move on to the next customer in line.
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Postby Brad Bishop » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:12 am

My argument is that if the $95 AF wasn't worth it to you then just pay for the bags.

If you want "free bags" on Delta then call up American Express and ask them to get you back on the Delta Gold SkyMiles.

Your integrity has to be worth more than the $25 bag fee or $95 AF.

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Postby ingramjuan » Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:28 am

If you buy two round trip tickets more than twice a year the card will save you some money.
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