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Delta Platinum AMEX Companion Certificate

Old Mar 16, 16, 9:17 am
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Delta Platinum AMEX Companion Certificate

I am a little confused about restrictions on Platinum AMEX Companion Certificate , it says it can only be used on L U and T fares.

Does that mean I have to fly economy and I can not pay for comfort+?

Ie purchase 1 main cabin ticket get one free then pay $50 or so plus each for comfort+?
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Old Mar 16, 16, 10:03 am
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It's actually LUTXV fares now (they just haven't updated the documentation). There needs to be at least 2 seats in the fare bucket and there can be additional inventory restrictions. Unfortunately, not good for Comfort+ and you cannot purchase it for flights on/after May 16th as it is a separate fare class.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 11:25 am
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So in a nutshell if I want to use AMEX Companion Certificate I have to fly coach or nothing...thanks
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Old Mar 16, 16, 11:33 am
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If you're traveling before May 16th, you can use the AMEX certificate and select C+ seats if you have Delta status. I used my certificate to book a JFK-LAX roundtrip and as a PM was able to select C+ seats for me and my companion.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by Garavar View Post
So in a nutshell if I want to use AMEX Companion Certificate I have to fly coach or nothing...thanks
Yes, coach or nothing after May 16, 2016. And no paying for C+, which seems a bit odd as you'll be on the plane anyway and they are trying to sell the C+ seats so why not allow them to be sold to elites? I've given up trying to figure out the motivations for some of DL moves. I booked a DTW-SJC R/T in June with the AMEX Companion Cert. They did allow me (as a DL DM) to grab exit row seats for free. Better than nothing.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 11:43 am
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There are all kinds of funny situations that did not arise before due to the C+ designation and rules. I bought an international flight ticket and used miles for my family's tix. I was able to get Comfort Plus on the international legs but not on the domestic for them.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Garavar View Post
So in a nutshell if I want to use AMEX Companion Certificate I have to fly coach or nothing...thanks
C+ is still coach. It's not like we're talking a premium economy here. If you are booking flights after May 16th, you should still be able to find exit row seats together (which generally have more legroom than C+).
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Old Mar 16, 16, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by LBJ View Post
C+ is still coach. It's not like we're talking a premium economy here. If you are booking flights after May 16th, you should still be able to find exit row seats together (which generally have more legroom than C+).
I called in as a hypothetical to ask about this a few months ago while I still haven't actually booked. The agent I spoke with was under the impression that after booking (as PM or DM) you could move once the assignment stuck and the seats would be available to you normally as part of the benefit. She didn't seem entirely sure but it's worth calling and asking about moving up which is what I plan to do once I use my cert this year.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 1:59 pm
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Okay so Delta Platinum Amex is out, we only fly First or Comfort +. I already have Unbranded Platinum Amex so I dont see value in Reserve....

Side question, with Gold Delta Amex you receive a $50 statement credit if you make a "delta purchase" within 3 months. Does that include purchasing a gift certificate for $50 (like it does with Platinum Amex)? or do you have to buy a flight?
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Old Mar 16, 16, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by BHArt View Post
I called in as a hypothetical to ask about this a few months ago while I still haven't actually booked. The agent I spoke with was under the impression that after booking (as PM or DM) you could move once the assignment stuck and the seats would be available to you normally as part of the benefit. She didn't seem entirely sure but it's worth calling and asking about moving up which is what I plan to do once I use my cert this year.
You can't. Its treated as a different 'class' now, so would be like trying to assign a first class seat from a coach ticket. System blocks it and blocks getting on the 'upgrade' list. Only shot is at the gate, if by some miracle there are any C+ seats left and the GA knows how and will manually force it there.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by rylan View Post
You can't. Its treated as a different 'class' now, so would be like trying to assign a first class seat from a coach ticket. System blocks it and blocks getting on the 'upgrade' list. Only shot is at the gate, if by some miracle there are any C+ seats left and the GA knows how and will manually force it there.
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Comfort plus is "an upgrade" as of May 16. You will book coach and after you buy the ticket, you will be put on an upgrade list for comfort plus (if you are Platinum or Diamond). No companion upgrades. It will be just like getting an upgrade to first in the current system, except it will happen immediately, if there is space available (in W class). Amex companion tickets will be inhibited from upgrades to comfort Plus, the same way that they are inhibited from first class upgrades. I have already booked a number of reservations beyond May 15, and most have cleared to "W" immediately. Some have not and I have had to call in to get them on the list. (You and also control this from delta.com). It will be interesting to see how it goes in the long run. I expect "issues". Maybe in the future Delta and Amex will include a middle class of service in "W", but I doubt it. It's the same way with Sky Miles tickets as far
as the different booking class. As some people have pointed out, Comfort Plus Sky Miles free tickets are darn near the same mileage requirement as first class Sky Miles tickets.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 3:47 pm
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NO J??????

Ok, I did not know about this not sure how I missed it. So I cannot take the wife now if I purschase some type of J class???????? like Z......???????
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Old Mar 16, 16, 4:16 pm
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Ok, I did not know about this not sure how I missed it. So I cannot take the wife now if I purschase some type of J class???????? like Z......???????
We are talking about the Delta Platinum Amex Companion Cert (good for a domestic coach companion ticket). If you use one of these cert's, you are not eligible for domestic complimentary upgrades to either F or C+ (after May 16th). What on earth does this have to do with J fares??
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Old Mar 16, 16, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by rylan View Post
You can't. Its treated as a different 'class' now, so would be like trying to assign a first class seat from a coach ticket. System blocks it and blocks getting on the 'upgrade' list. Only shot is at the gate, if by some miracle there are any C+ seats left and the GA knows how and will manually force it there.
There are some stories of using the companion ticket and getting into first class. I would not count on getting the C+ seats either as upgrades are not permitted and C+ will be an upgrade after May 16th. The GA is already busier than they used to be.

In a recent conversation with a very helpful agent, she thought that in the future Delta might work out something with AMEX regarding purchase of the c+ seats. However, looking at the posted prices for C+ (not later purchase) I'm not sure how good a deal might be found.

I upgraded to Reserve which solves this problem. BTW when you purchase FC it still says no upgrades are permitted. (I guess that means you can't be upgraded to the cockpit).
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Old Mar 16, 16, 8:28 pm
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Yes there are some reports of getting upgraded to F with a companion cert, however that required manual intervention from the gate agent to override seat assignments when there were seats still available up front after everyone on the upgrade list cleared... which is very rare these days.

With the inhibitors coded into the ticket, the system will reject these from getting on the upgrade list.
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