Am I the ONLY one that actually USES the Companion Certs? Just upgraded to Plat AMEX
I keep seeing a ton of threads about people who would wallpaper their bathrooms with companion certs from Amex before they would actually USE them? What's the deal with that? I was actually VERY upset to see that the gold AMEX from Delta would be dropping this feature. I figured for the $95 annual fee I would roll the dice and have the $99 cert to use each year. And, because I don't fly a ton, it's nice to have the checked bag for free.
I never could understand why people couldn't use them. yes, there are restrictions but I've used mine for about 5 years in a row with no problems. These flights were cross country and would have cost $400+ but instead I got two flights for about $500. Seems like a no brainer to me! I guess I can answer my own question and say that you DO have to plan very early to make sure the L,U,T fair is still available but I guess that's my nature.
That's why I called AMEX yesterday to "re-confirm" that I wouldn't be getting any certificate in 2013 and promptly upgraded to the platnium card. I'm guessing I may even come out better anyway since it's $150 a year and a free certificate. Let's just hope they continue to offer that reward!
I've used mine every year, I have the Platinum Delta Amex. I don't understand why anyone would own the Gold Amex that costs $95 a year and gets you a $99 companion ticket as opposed to the Platinum that only costs $50 more but gets you a free companion ticket. If you're using the companion ticket it's a no brainer.
I've never had issues using mine, I usually plan a little bit in advance and can find flights MSP-LAS for a weekend trip no problem.
Programs: Delta Gold Medallion, American AAdvantage, Southwest Rapid Rewards
I used mine this past year. Had the Platinum AmEx. Used it to go to LAX with my fiance to go to Disneyland. Saved me around $450. I know some people complain about how restrictive they are but I think if you plan ahead and get your ticket early enough, using it should be a none-issue.
I've upgraded to the Delta Reserve this year. My companion certificate for the coming year just arrived in my inbox, and it's less restrictive. Not sure where I'll be using it for this coming year. I think the New York Giants will be playing the San Diego Chargers in San Diego this coming football season so perhaps I'll use it for a weekend trip to SAN to catch that game.
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