Although Delta offers a few co-branded credit cards, there’s a different credit card that’s actually a better choice for the airline’s regulars.
The Platinum Card® from American Express is more useful for Delta passengers, since it offers much more extensive airport lounge access than Delta’s equivalent card, up to a $200 airline fee credit each calendar year, and earns more points on purchases with Delta and other airlines.
Since you can transfer Amex points to Delta SkyMiles, you can pool them with the miles you earn by flying — there are plenty of other ways to use them, too.
However, depending on your traveling habits, it might still be worth considering one of the Delta cards, either on its own or in addition to the Amex Platinum Card.
If you’re a Delta loyalist, chances are you’ve considered opening a Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, or possibly the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. However, the best card for flying Delta isn’t even technically a Delta credit card.
The best credit card for flying Delta
If you’re looking to earn Delta miles on your normal spending, and enjoy certain perks on the airline, the Platinum Card from American Express is arguably the best pick.
While it has a high annual fee of $550, the Amex Platinum — which is issued by American Express, but isn’t co-branded with Delta — offers a massive amount of value for Delta flyers, easily enough to make up for the annual fee.
Read on for a few reasons the Amex Platinum Card can be a better option for Delta flyers — particularly those who hold elite status or only check their bags a few times a year.
1. The Platinum Card earns more miles than the Delta cards
The most valuable rewards credit cards tend to earn miles in bonus categories, and the Platinum Card is no exception. The card earns an incredible 5 points perdollar spent on airfare, whenever you purchase directly from the airline or through the Amex Travel booking portal. That includes your Delta flights, as well as virtually any other airline.
You can also earn 5x points on prepaid hotel stays booked through Amex, including Fine Hotels and Resorts stays.
Often, co-branded cards offer bonus categories too, but they’re usually confined to the co-brand. That’s the case with Delta’s cards — they earn 2x SkyMiles on Delta purchases. (It’s worth noting that the United and American Airlines cards are starting to offer bonus points on additional categories, so Delta might follow suit later.)
A major benefit to earning Amex Membership Rewards (MR) points instead of Delta SkyMiles from your credit card spending is that there are more ways to use them — and you’ll still earn Delta miles every time you fly. Plus, if you do want to book Delta …read more
Source:: Business Insider – Finance