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Save 10% on Delta gift cards at Costco

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Save 10% on Delta gift cards at Costco

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On the heels of the Delta SkyMiles deals we talked about earlier today, we have an opportunity to save on paid Delta flights. You’ll need to be a Costco member to take advantage of this sale, but if you are you can save 10% on Delta gift card purchases. This discount is available on gift cards of $500 or $1,000.

There isn’t an official end date listed, so it’s possible this offer could be pulled at anytime.

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If you’re going to be paying cash for flights you may as well save 10% on the purchase. Before you jump on this deal you’ll want to be aware of what you can and can’t use the gift cards for. These gift cards can’t be used to pay for baggage fees, inflight purchases, seat upgrades or “ancillary purchases.” According to the terms you can only use them for “air transport on Delta-airlines marketed flights.” You can also use these gift cards to pay for a Delta Vacations package if it includes air transport. If you hold a co-branded Delta credit card, those will give you access to perks like free checked bags and priority boarding.

It isn’t clear whether or not the gift cards can be used to pay for the taxes and fees on award flights and I personally haven’t ever tried. If you have please let me know and I’ll update the article, but to be safe I would assume that it won’t apply to award fees (especially on partner airlines). Also if you’re paying online, you can only use three Delta gift cards per transaction. If you need to use more you’ll have to call 800-225-1366 to book.

This is a decent opportunity to save on future paid flights while earning rewards with your travel credit card. Another added plus when paying for flights with a gift card is that they’ll still count as a revenue flight, so you’ll earn redeemable and elite miles for your trip.

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Actually, strangely enough, there is an exclusion but it only states that “Gift Cards cannot be used to pay for any cash portion of an Award or Miles + Cash Ticket.”

If you were to check the webpage where the Delta Airlines Gift Cards are sold (here: https://buy.giftcards.delta.com/store/about/terms_and_conditions/?locale=en-us) in one of the conditions posted under “Delta eGift Card and physical Gift Card Terms and Conditions”, more specifically under “Other Terms and Conditions” it singles out “Gift Cards” (presumably meaning the “physical (plastic) Gift Cards”) whereas in all other references it refers to them as “eGifts and Cards”

As you can see below, there are many exclusions, several charges that cannot be paid for by eGift or Card. However, taxes and fees are not excluded.

If Delta Airlines wanted to exclude taxes and fees that become due as part of an reward award ticket, they could have easily included language that specifically imposes any such exclusion. But they didn’t!

QUOTing “Delta Airlines GIFT CARD TERMS & CONDITIONS”:

Quote:
eGifts and Cards may only be used for the total purchase price of air transportation, including taxes, fees, and surcharges imposed on the air transportation. They may not be used for any additional fees (including baggage fees) or for any other products or services (including class upgrades, in-flight purchases, premium seating, mileage booster, SkyMiles Cruises, cargo, hotel stays, or car rentals).
End Quote.

As for wondering whether they can be used to pay for “award fees” on partner airlines… For starters, I doubt very much that Delta Airlines eGift cards can be redeemed for anything with (as one example) Air France (or any other Skymiles Team member). But additionally, I think I prefer to use the terminology that Delta uses for those “fees”… They refer tp them as “taxes, fees, and surcharges imposed on the air transportation” rather than classifying them as “reward fees” (and yes, I think there is a difference).

The way I look at it, Delta’s description qualifies them as being part of the “Purchase Price” of a travel ticket whereas describing them as “award fees” places them in their own category that may or may not belong under “Purchase Price”, thereby making them an exclusion.