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Delta Amex Gold worth it?

Delta Amex Gold worth it?

  1. Lindsey Jensen

    TLDR: should I sign up for the Delta Amex Gold while the higher signup bonus is still available?

    My ultimate goal is to fly business class or better to Europe (basically anywhere in Western Europe) this January. The sign up bonus for this card alone won’t get me there, and I only have 6k miles with Delta currently.

    In Feb I opened the Amex Platinum and Amex Everyday Preferred. So, I could transfer MR points to Delta to book biz class, but that takes points away from other, potentially more lucrative things I could do with MR

    I do not MS and do not fly Delta in the US (I prefer Southwest), so really just want points I can fly international premium cabins in.

    Is it worth it to get this card now for the bonus alone? Is there a good redemption to Europe I’m unaware of that might be worth transferring in MR points for?

  2. PJS678

    I got it when there was a 75k sign up, $50 statement credit and no fee first year. I also have the Amex Plat. I’ve switched some SW flying to DL (ATL-based) given that the Amex Plat gets you into the Sky Club when you are flying DL and that you get a free bag with the DL Gold Amex (and automatic zone 1 boarding) even when on a Basic Economy fare). I’ve used some of the sign-up miles for some domestic flying (15k R/T ATL-PHL last weekend, 18k ATL-EWR R/T for my daughter this summer) and got 1.5-2 cents per mile from it. Not sure if I will keep it beyond the first year, but it’s been good so far. Agree that partners are usually a better deal for DL international flying. Don’t bother transferring MR points to DL unless you have a specific redemption in mind as they charge a “tax” as well.

  3. Lindsey Jensen

    [QUOTE=”PJS678, post: 54772, member: 1565″]I got it when there was a 75k sign up, $50 statement credit and no fee first year. I also have the Amex Plat. I’ve switched some SW flying to DL (ATL-based) given that the Amex Plat gets you into the Sky Club when you are flying DL and that you get a free bag with the DL Gold Amex (and automatic zone 1 boarding) even when on a Basic Economy fare). I’ve used some of the sign-up miles for some domestic flying (15k R/T ATL-PHL last weekend, 18k ATL-EWR R/T for my daughter this summer) and got 1.5-2 cents per mile from it. Not sure if I will keep it beyond the first year, but it’s been good so far. Agree that partners are usually a better deal for DL international flying. Don’t bother transferring MR points to DL unless you have a specific redemption in mind as they charge a “tax” as well.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks, that’s definitely a better deal. I’m getting sucked in by all the blogs promoting this as one of the better sign up bonuses on the card. It’s really only 50k, unless you spend $3k, then you can get 60k miles… but I hate to divert that kind of spending from either Amex MR or Chase UR for even 60k miles, which I don’t think will get me biz on any of Delta’s partners without transferring in miles… 75k would have been much closer!

  4. David W

    The thing is, saver premium cabin award space on Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM can be hard to come by, unless youre booking way in advance. You might have a better chance finding space on Aeroflot and connect in Moscot though. Other SkyTeam partners arent as great across the Atlantic.

    Personally, I’d get the Delta Amex cards and use the points to fly China Airlines to Asia. If you do find award space for a SkyTeam carrier round trip, Korean Air’s program (transferable from Chase UR) charges 80k round trip, plus taxes and fees. That’s tough to beat.

    Aeroplan to Europe on a Star Alliance carrier is also a good option – they dont charge fuel surcharges on a handful of partners, like Swiss, Austrian and Turkish.

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