AMEX Platinum vs Delta Reserve

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AMEX Platinum vs Delta Reserve

Postby 4Runner » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:04 pm

Is the Platinum card really better than the Delta Reserve?

Any thoughts?


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Postby Pete838 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:24 pm

In my opinion, yes. Much. Unless you are chained to a Delta hub.

The primary benefit of DL Reserve is access to the Delta SkyClub lounges. Platinum has this, PLUS US Air and American Airlines lounges.
The only perceivable benefit (to me) of DL Reserve over Platinum is the MQM bonus tiers and the first bag free benefit. Of course for the casual traveler the MQM bonus won't get you much (good for Silver Medallion status if you fly a few times a year and spend 30k on the card), and the first bag free. Of course the Platinum gives you a $200 airline fee credit, and that covers a few baggage fees.
With the Plat you also get status with three rental car companies, and the SPG hotel chain, and if you are a frequent international traveler they'll pay for your Global Entry pass.
For the same $ the Plat is a MUCH better deal for me.
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Postby CCG » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:09 pm

As Pete said, the Amex Platinum is the best choice unless you are are a frequent flyer of Delta.

At time of writing, the biggest benefits the Delta Reserve offers are:
  • 1 free domestic companion ticket each year, good for coach or first-class
  • Sky Club membership
  • No charge for first checked bags
  • Bonus SkyMiles and MQMs each year you spend $30k+ or $60k+ (different bonus for each amount)

If you use the companion airfare every year along with the other benefits regularly, it is worthwhile. However if you're not married to Delta, than the Platinum Card will likely be a better choice. Furthermore, the Platinum gives no foreign transaction fee and the Reserve still charges 2.7%.

Here are the the reviews/current bonuses for the Platinum Card and Delta Reserve.

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Postby ooxs » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:34 pm

I have both and like the Delta Reserve a lot better. Delta is my main hub and i want to keep all my miles in one place. The free companion ticket anywhere in the US you get yearly is worth the 450. The platinum requires you buy a special class first class ticket you cannot find or make any sense buying. Also you can request the Delta Platinum card for any additional use free, you can take a guest with you to the lounge (I took two) but with the platinum card you cannot without paying for the guest.
10000 MQM and 10000 Bonus miles = 20000 sign up bonus is an additional ticket.

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Postby Pete838 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:44 am

ooxs wrote: Also you can request the Delta Platinum card for any additional use free, you can take a guest with you to the lounge (I took two) but with the platinum card you cannot without paying for the guest.

Platinum members CAN guest people into DL Skyclubs without paying additional, but only if all are flying on DL tickets the same day. It is the Priority Pass Select clubs that cost extra for guests, but the PP clubs aren't part of the DL Reserve card (nor are US Air or AA).

ooxs wrote: 10000 MQM and 10000 Bonus miles = 20000 sign up bonus is an additional ticket.


That is not how MQM's work. An MQM (Medallion Qualification Mile; also known as an EQM, Elite Qual. Mile) is not redeemable at all, and only counts toward your frequent flyer status. For example, to reach Gold Medallion status you need 50k MQM's, which could normally be earned only by having your butt in a Delta seat for 50k miles. With the bonus MQM's earned with your card you would only need to have your butt in their seat for 40k miles, and the extra 10k are comped by the card. It is good for status boost; nothing else.

Agreed on the Platinum buddy pass. In order to get it you are buying a full fare, non-discounted ticket in F. The only time this makes sense is if you need to fly last minute, or if you have a huge business travel budget and want to take your wife (or whomever) along on a business trip. Otherwise it is generally more cost effective to purchase two discounted first class tickets. I believe you used to be able to use that benefit for full fare Y tickets as well, and domestic, but it has changed.

The solution I came up with to get the best of both worlds is this: I have a Platinum card and a Delta Gold card. I get all the benefits of the Platinum plus free baggage and a companion ticket (and a couple other perks) from the Gold, including double miles on all my Delta purchases, which is often several thousand dollars per year. Of course, most of the DL Gold perks you also get once you have Medallion status with them, so a lot of them I've got twice.
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Postby ooxs » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:51 pm

Pete838 wrote:That is not how MQM's work.


They may have made a mistake with me but i ended up with 20K more miles and with the the MQMs, my status was upgraded from Platinum to Diamond.

I have to add that it was added and removed twice, maybe that is how i got lucky.

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Postby Money card » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:58 pm

so you travel on business correct? if so how do you like traveling?

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Postby ooxs » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:55 am

I travel for business and pleasure. Some days it suck and sometimes after a couple sleeping pills, the sky is the limit :-)



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