Change from Delta Platinum to Amex Platinum?

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Change from Delta Platinum to Amex Platinum?

Postby UHBlackhawk » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:15 am

I tried a search but did not see anything about this in the forum.
Trying to figure out if I should change from Delta Platinum Amex to the Platinum Amex. We've had the Delta Amex since 1997.
My job permits me to fly as a "nonrev" on Delta. So while I fly them frequently, I don't really get the advantage from purchasing a Delta ticket.
When I fly in uniform I can't really use the lounge access. However, I probably fly at least once a month for personal reasons when lounge access would be nice. Delta Platinum does not give me this. Do you need to show a revenue ticket when using the lounge with the Amex Platinum? Wife does not travel as frequently (probably 3 times a year), but I know she would appreciate the lounge access.
Other travel. I'm in hotels for business several times/month. The company pays, so I don't use my credit card except for incidentals/meals.
Probably at least once a month I get a hotel/rental car on personal travel.
Our spending habits would qualify us for the 60,000 bonus points, if we would get that option for changing.
Thanks.


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Re: Change from Delta Platinum to Amex Platinum?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:10 am

UHBlackhawk wrote:I tried a search but did not see anything about this in the forum.
Trying to figure out if I should change from Delta Platinum Amex to the Platinum Amex. We've had the Delta Amex since 1997.
My job permits me to fly as a "nonrev" on Delta. So while I fly them frequently, I don't really get the advantage from purchasing a Delta ticket.
When I fly in uniform I can't really use the lounge access. However, I probably fly at least once a month for personal reasons when lounge access would be nice. Delta Platinum does not give me this. Do you need to show a revenue ticket when using the lounge with the Amex Platinum? Wife does not travel as frequently (probably 3 times a year), but I know she would appreciate the lounge access.
Other travel. I'm in hotels for business several times/month. The company pays, so I don't use my credit card except for incidentals/meals.
Probably at least once a month I get a hotel/rental car on personal travel.
Our spending habits would qualify us for the 60,000 bonus points, if we would get that option for changing.
Thanks.

When you say "change", I'm not sure if you mean "product change" or "apply for as a new account". Delta Platinum Amex cannot product change to Amex Platinum. That is, you cannot convert or transform a Delta Platinum Amex to an Amex Platinum.

You can, however, apply for Amex Platinum as a new account. You can then keep or close Delta Platinum Amex (or downgrade to Delta Amex Gold if you want/need the free checked bag or some other perk). I don't know if a companion ticket appeals to a nonrev traveler.

Applying for Amex Platinum as a new account would qualify you for the 60k points...though I've heard there are offers for 75k if you use the right link or apply in incognito mode or something. I don't know and don't really care since I'm keeping the one I have, but it might be worth your further research.

I don't know much about nonrev travelers, but I can say Amex Platinum has gotten me into the Delta lounge when I've flown on domestic award trips (Skymiles+$5.60). Note that while you presumably get in free, there is a $29 fee per guest. Authorized Users on Amex Platinum get in free, but the fee for adding her as an Authorized User would be $175. Unless she'd make heavy use of the other perks, that's not a way to save money.

From the Amex Platinum benefit terms:
Delta Sky Club
The Platinum Card Member must present his or her valid American Express Card, government-issued I.D., and same-day corresponding airline ticket to club ambassador. Access to Delta Sky Club partner lounges is not permitted. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to access Delta Sky Club, and 21 years of age to access locations with a self-service bar, unless accompanied by a responsible, supervising adult who has access to the lounge. Card Members must adhere to all House Rules of participating clubs. Participating airport clubs and locations subject to change without notice. Additional guest access and fees subject to terms and conditions of participating airport clubs.

For the most current Delta Sky Club access and pricing policy, please visit Delta.com/skyclub. All Delta Sky Club rules apply to Delta Sky Club membership and use. To review the rules, please visit Delta.com/skyclub.

I see nothing here that would restrict a nonrev traveler's ability to enter the Skyclub once the traveler has a ticket.
Warranties and sketchy merchants: Schwab Platinum
Price rewind: Costco
Travel insurance: Prestige, CSP
Perks: IHG, Hyatt
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Re: Change from Delta Platinum to Amex Platinum?

Postby UHBlackhawk » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:47 am

I just read that the $550 AF is waived for active duty military, which my wife qualifies for. So may be good for her to have it as well.



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