The Four Top Delta American Express Cards for Cruisers

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Four Delta SkyMiles@ American Express are especially valuable for cruisers.

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Here are the Delta Amex cards we think are worthwhile.

All of the cards feature several perks when traveling with Delta:

  • First checked bag free for the cardholder and up to eight others traveling on the same confirmation number. (That could yield some significant savings on a roundtrip!)
  • Priority boarding (Main Cabin 1).
  • 20% statement credit on select inflight purchases, such as premium beverages and food.
  • TakeOff 15
    • Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card members are entitled to something called “TakeOff 15.” This allows them to get 15% off when using SkyMiles to book Delta award flights through delta.com and the Fly Delta app. (The discount isn’t applicable to partner-operated flights and doesn’t include taxes and fees.)

Each card is considered an individual product, meaning you can hold each of them. For example, you can apply for the card_name  even if you currently have the card_name or  the card_name.

The Four Top Delta Amexes for Cruisers

In our opinion, the best of the bunch for cruisers are the:

Why?

All of them feature Companion Certificates.

Starting your second year of card membership, you’ll receive a Companion Certificate to use on one eligible roundtrip flight within the United States lower 48. One traveler (let’s say you) pays the published airfare and a companion (let’s say your significant other) pays only taxes and fees.

Companion Certificates are basically buy-one-get-one-freeish. René and Lisa have used theirs for positioning to/from cruise ports.

The card_name and card_name‘s Companion Certificates can be used for select Delta One, First Class, Comfort+, and Main Cabin trips. The card_name and card_name‘s certificates are redeemable for select Main Cabin fares. (Terms apply.)

Not all fare classes are eligible, which means beggars can’t necessarily be choosers. You might get stuck with an early morning flight or something else you don’t like. But if you book far enough in advance, you can probably find decent. Or, book whatever you can — and when Delta changes your itinerary (which they inevitably will), then you and pick and choose flights that work better for you.

The card_name and card_name possess another advantage over their Platinum counterparts. (Don’t confuse these with the card_name  or card_name) Cardholders may access Delta Sky Club airport lounges when they travel Delta-marketed and -operated itineraries. They also receive two guest passes each year.

Delta Sky Club Chicago O'Hare
Delta Sky Club Chicago O’Hare

Plus, enjoy access to American Express Centurion Lounges and Escape Lounges – The Centurion® Studio Partner on days they travel Delta-marketed and -operated itineraries. The card’s official verbiage says those itineraries must be purchased with the Reserve card. But data points suggest the tickets can be bought with any US-issued American Express card.

The speakeasy inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at New York-JFK
The speakeasy inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at New York-JFK

Final Approach

Four cards (the card_name, card_name, card_name, and the card_name) are the best for fellow cruisers. They feature Companion Certificates that can save you a substantial amount on airfare each year. Plus, the card_name and card_name feature Delta Sky Club and American Express Centurion Lounge access when flying Delta.

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Chris Carley
Chris Carley
Chris, in addition to running EyeoftheFlyer.com, is a travel, points, miles, and credit card aficiando. He can teach us how to leverage points to make one unimaginable cruise not just attainable but affordable. Why not fly and stay for free before the cruise — which you’ll pay for with points?

2 COMMENTS

  1. Only problem is it is getting harder and harder to use the companion tickets. Recent experience: Trying to book a first class companion ticket MCO-COS. Could only get first class on departure and only comfort+ on return. Any day, all the same. Finally said the hell with it and booked 2 regular first class tickets (luckily I get a small discount as a Delta retiree). Then when I picked my seats – on the return leg, all first class seats were empty. But I couldn’t get first class on the return when using a companion ticket. Getting more and more dissatisfied with the perks of the Reserve card and with my former employer.

  2. Tried to use a companion tix from SMF…TOld by 2 phone agents there are NEVER any companion tix forSMF???? very strange..

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