ooxs wrote:2. You get a free first-class round trip ticket (Hawaii here i come) and with the platinum you only get $200.00 voucher.
Not entirely true. Platinum has a $200 airline fee credit for incidentals, extra baggage fees, in flight food, etc.. Platinum also has what they call the 'international airline program', which grants 1st class companion ticket with a full fare F class ticket. Some people love it, but I've never seen a full fare ticket in F that I couldn't get two identical reduced tickets for less money. For business travelers whose company is footing the bill it will allow you to bring the wife at no cost to you. There is no limit to the number of times you can use this benefit.
The DL Reserve has a vaguely similar program, but it works a) only on Delta; b) once per year; c) international or domestic, and d) with First Class or Economy. The biggest benefit, I think, of the DL Reserve is if you are a big spender. The 15,000 MQM's you get after $30k and 60k spending will surely boost you into Silver Medallion status for the infrequent flyer, or higher status for the frequent traveler.
The first bag free benefit has been a great benefit for me, as well as the 2x points for DL purchases, but I get those with my DL Gold for $95.yr.
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