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Down grade from Gold to Blue Delta AMEX card?

Old Jul 9, 18, 3:27 pm
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Down grade from Gold to Blue Delta AMEX card?

I don't fly anymore and annual fee for Delta Gold card is coming up this month. Should I downgrade to Delta Blue AMEX card with no annual fee? I have about 9k in sky miles. Do I lose my skymiles if I down grade?

Right now I can redeem $50 amazon gift card for 9740 miles. Is it same for you guys with Delta Blue AMEX card or is it going to require more miles with the Blue card?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 3:34 pm
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AFAIK using pay with miles requires a DL AmEx card, but I'm not sure whether the blue one (is it really DL affiliated?) work for this. Pay with miles would allow you to get a ticket for a friend or relative and use your 9,000 miles to deduct $90 from the ticket price, perhaps subject to some rounding, for any DL ticket for DL flights. This is a much better use of your remaining miles than the $50 Amazon gift card for almost 10,000 miles.

After the plane ticket is purchased, then you can downgrade your card. Check the AmEx forum to see whether AmEx currently pro-rates annual fees.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 3:42 pm
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Pay with Miles requires a Gold or higher Delta Amex card. Skymiles Marketplace may be used by any DL Amex cardholder.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
AFAIK using pay with miles requires a DL AmEx card, but I'm not sure whether the blue one (is it really DL affiliated?) work for this. Pay with miles would allow you to get a ticket for a friend or relative and use your 9,000 miles to deduct $90 from the ticket price, perhaps subject to some rounding, for any DL ticket for DL flights. This is a much better use of your remaining miles than the $50 Amazon gift card for almost 10,000 miles.

After the plane ticket is purchased, then you can downgrade your card. Check the AmEx forum to see whether AmEx currently pro-rates annual fees.
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Pay with Miles requires a Gold or higher Delta Amex card. Skymiles Marketplace may be used by any DL Amex cardholder.
Thanks guys. Yes, I'll lose pay with miles option but I'm only interested in Amazon gift card since I'm not planing to fly anytime soon.

So as long as I can still access to market place with Delta Blue Amex card and still redeem $50 amazon gift card for 9740 miles, I want to downgrade.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by stark4 View Post
Thanks guys. Yes, I'll lose pay with miles option but I'm only interested in Amazon gift card since I'm not planing to fly anytime soon.

So as long as I can still access to market place with Delta Blue Amex card and still redeem $50 amazon gift card for 9740 miles, I want to downgrade.
You should be able to use pay with miles on a ticket that you purchase for a friend or relative, with them paying you for it.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 4:41 pm
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thanks for all your help guys but again I'm only interested to redeem Amazon gift card. Anyone with Delta Blue AMEX can check for me? Is it still 9740 Miles for $50 amazon gift card for you?
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Old Jul 9, 18, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by stark4 View Post
thanks for all your help guys but again I'm only interested to redeem Amazon gift card. Anyone with Delta Blue AMEX can check for me? Is it still 9740 Miles for $50 amazon gift card for you?
I'd get a completely different amex card. There is no reason for you to keep a delta one and others will have better redemption rates for non-flight options. Such as straight cash back or membership rewards points.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 6:58 pm
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One interesting note from my experience: I downgraded to the Blue from the Gold, but opened a completely new account in doing so (before I closed the gold). I still got the 10k sign up bonus even though it said I wouldn’t...

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Old Jul 9, 18, 9:01 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
AFAIK using pay with miles requires a DL AmEx card, but I'm not sure whether the blue one (is it really DL affiliated?) work for this. Pay with miles would allow you to get a ticket for a friend or relative and use your 9,000 miles to deduct $90 from the ticket price, perhaps subject to some rounding, for any DL ticket for DL flights. This is a much better use of your remaining miles than the $50 Amazon gift card for almost 10,000 miles.

After the plane ticket is purchased, then you can downgrade your card. Check the AmEx forum to see whether AmEx currently pro-rates annual fees.
In my experience, Pay With Miles only works in 5,000 mile/$50 increments, and has to be split evenly among all tickets purchased in the transaction. So with 9k miles you could take $50 off of 1 ticket, but nothing off of 2 or more. Also, you can use PWM for tickets for yourself as well, it is not limited to buying tickets for friends or relatives.

All that said, I agree that the gift card seems like a poor value. But in the interest of full disclosure, I recently used about 5k United miles to buy a year's subscription to People Magazine for my wife. United only accounted for 4 flights out of 444 in the last 2.5 years, and the small number of miles were going to expire anyway. So it was a good value vs having them go away and getting nothing for it. Maybe the OP is in a similar situation?
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Old Jul 10, 18, 6:52 am
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Originally Posted by Qwkynuf View Post
... the small number of miles were going to expire anyway. So it was a good value vs having them go away and getting nothing for it. Maybe the OP is in a similar situation?
Delta miles don't expire.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by jetsfan92588 View Post
Delta miles don't CURRENTLY expire.
Fixed that for ya.

Some may find that some concrete value today to be more compelling than some potential future value which may or may not be greater than today's value.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by jetsfan92588 View Post
Delta miles don't expire.
Yes, but those were United miles, which do!
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