Reader Question: “How Does the Priority Boarding and Free Checked Bag Perk From the AMEX Delta Cards Work?”

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Reader Question:  “How Does the Priority Boarding and Free Checked Bag Perk From the AMEX Delta Cards Work?”

Million Mile SecretsReader Question:  “How Does the Priority Boarding and Free Checked Bag Perk From the AMEX Delta Cards Work?”Million Mile Secrets Team

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Lots of readers are interested in the limited-time increased AMEX Delta card offers (ending on April 11, 2018).  Because Delta miles can be useful for getting away to great destinations, like the South Pacific & Europe!

But earning Delta miles isn’t the only benefit that comes with these cards.  They also have useful perks like free checked bags and priority boarding!

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Million Mile Secrets reader Caramarie commented on Facebook:

I can apply for any of the increased the AMEX Delta offers.  But I’m confused about which AMEX Delta cards come with priority boarding and free checked baggage.

Do all 4 of the AMEX Delta cards come with these perks?  How do these benefits work?  For example, is the free checked bag benefit for 1 bag total, or 1 bag per ticket purchased with the card?

Thanks for the question, Caramarie!

Between the personal and business versions of the AMEX Gold and Platinum Delta credit cards, all 4 offer priority boarding and your first checked bag free.

I’ll explain how these perks work.  And remind you of the other benefits of these cards.

How Does the Free Checked Bag Perk From the AMEX Delta Cards Work?

Folks with any of the AMEX Delta cards currently offering increased welcome bonuses will get the first checked bag free for themselves and up to 8 companions flying on the same reservation.  And you don’t actually need to pay for the ticket with an eligible AMEX Delta card to receive the benefit!

As long as your credit card account is open, in good standing, and you’ve added your Delta frequent flyer number to your reservation, it’s automatically applied.  And you won’t have to pay for your baggage and then wait for a statement credit.  You’ll get the free checked bag(s) at check-in!

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That said, this perk only works on Delta & Delta Connection flights, NOT on Delta partner flights like Korean Air, KLM, or Air France.

This perk is also only available to the main cardholder, NOT authorized users.  It only applies to itineraries the account owner is traveling on.  And you won’t get the discount on over-weight or over-sized bags.  It’s only applied to the first normal sized checked bag per person (up to 9 people).

How Does Priority Boarding Benefit From the AMEX Delta Cards Work?

As with the free checked bag perk, all of the AMEX Delta cards currently offering an increased welcome bonus also offer Zone 1 boarding for the cardholder and up to 8 travel companions on the same reservation.

Zone 1 boarding is actually the fourth zone to board, but you’ll still be ahead of the vast majority of people.  And that translates to a less stressful boarding experience because you’ll likely have an easier time finding storage in the overhead bins.  And you’ll have more time to settle in without feeling rushed.

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Again, you’ll need to make sure you add your Delta frequent flyer number to your reservation.  But you do NOT need to use your AMEX Delta card to take advantage of this benefit.  You can use any card you like!

That said, only those who are on the same itinerary as the cardholder will qualify for the priority boarding perk.

Limited-Time Increased AMEX Delta Card Offers

Link:   The Bonuses on These 5 AMEX Cards Have NEVER Been Higher (NOT Targeted)!

Until April 11, 2018, all versions of the AMEX Delta Gold & Platinum cards have increased welcome offers!

The AMEX Delta Gold Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express cards come with 50,000 Delta miles after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.  Plus another 10,000 bonus miles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first 6 months opening your account.  And a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months of opening your account.

The cards also come with:

  • 1 free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation
  • 2 miles per $1 spent with Delta
  • 1 mile per $1 spent on everything else
  • 20% discount on certain Delta in-flight purchases
  • Priority boarding
  • Discount on Delta SkyClub lounge passes
  • Pay with Miles (each mile is worth 1 cent toward Delta airfare)
  • NO foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year
  • Terms Apply

And you’ll earn 70,000 Delta miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles when you open an AMEX Delta Platinum personal or business card and spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.  Plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within 3 months of account opening.

The AMEX Platinum Delta personal and business cards come with the same perks as the AMEX Delta Gold cards, plus:

  • Domestic round-trip companion certificate each year on your card anniversary
  • 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $25,000+ in a calendar year.  And an additional 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $50,000 in the same time frame
  • Terms Apply

These cards also have a $195 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.

If you’re considering any of these cards, remember that AMEX limits folks to earning the intro bonus to ONCE per lifetime per card.  So if you’ve had the card before you will NOT qualify for the bonus again (even for a different business).  But each of these cards is considered a different product, so you’ve got 4 opportunities to earn a lucrative bonus!

Bottom Line

Until April 11, 2018, all 4 AMEX Delta cards have all-time high welcome offers!

All of these cards come with great perks like priority boarding & free checked bags for the cardholder and up to 8 companions traveling on the same reservation!

The AMEX Delta Gold cards have the $95 annual fee waived the first year.  And you’ll still pay the $195 annual fee on both versions of the AMEX Platinum Delta cards.  But the AMEX Delta Platinum cards do have larger welcome bonuses worth at least $100 more when you use Delta’s Pay with Miles.

And don’t forget, AMEX business cards don’t appear on your personal credit report.  So they won’t count toward your Chase “5/24” limit!

Thanks for the question, Caramarie!

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Just to be clear, you do NOT get to use the Sky Priority lines as the photo in the article would lead you to believe.

Million Mile Secrets

Jeremy, you’re right and I can see how the photo is mis-leading. It has been changed.

Thanks for pointing that out.