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Transferring Delta Companion Pass w/o giving away skymiles username/password

Old May 4, 19, 7:32 pm
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Transferring Delta Companion Pass w/o giving away skymiles username/password

Hello, I have two Delta Companion passes from my Platinum Amex card that I want to give away. However, I can't figure out how to let someone else use it without giving away my skymiles username and password. On the site in order to use it: delta.com/redeem, the original issuer info is required. Anyone have any advice?

Thanks for your help!
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Old May 4, 19, 7:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Jimiaxplyr View Post
Hello, I have two Delta Companion passes from my Platinum Amex card that I want to give away. However, I can't figure out how to let someone else use it without giving away my skymiles username and password. On the site in order to use it: delta.com/redeem, the original issuer info is required. Anyone have any advice?

Thanks for your help!
You should book the ticket for whoever you are giving it to. I don't think it's possible to actually transfer the certificate, but you can put any two people on the reservation, you don't need to be one of them. But you do need to book it online through your delta.com account.
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Old May 4, 19, 7:51 pm
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I agree that it would be the easiest that way, it's just a pain with how restrictive delta is with these passes. Trying to use these myself has been painful, I don't want to be the one doing all the searching for someone else. I see people selling these everywhere, is that how they do it?
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Old May 4, 19, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Jimiaxplyr View Post
I agree that it would be the easiest that way, it's just a pain with how restrictive delta is with these passes. Trying to use these myself has been painful, I don't want to be the one doing all the searching for someone else. I see people selling these everywhere, is that how they do it?

Really? Where are they being sold? And for how much? Seems like not a great buy once you are paying for the pass plus a ticket.

In any case, you don't need to do the searching for them. Read the companion rules and explain to the person that wants to use it what fare class needs to be available on a particular flight. Then they need to do an advanced search for those fares on delta.com. With the latest website update it can be tricky to find the search interface that allows you to search by fare class (you have to first do a regular search and then click on advanced search, not click on advanced search from the home screen). Here is a direct link: https://www.delta.com/flight-search/book-a-flight
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Old May 4, 19, 8:06 pm
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Thanks for the reply. People are selling them on ebay and on other forums and I can't imagine how they do it without having to book it for the person buying it which makes no sense.

Delta's site is probably one of the worst for searching anything but hopefully they could figure that out if I gave it to them. Thank you
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Old May 4, 19, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
Really? Where are they being sold? And for how much? Seems like not a great buy once you are paying for the pass plus a ticket.

In any case, you don't need to do the searching for them. Read the companion rules and explain to the person that wants to use it what fare class needs to be available on a particular flight. Then they need to do an advanced search for those fares on delta.com. With the latest website update it can be tricky to find the search interface that allows you to search by fare class (you have to first do a regular search and then click on advanced search, not click on advanced search from the home screen). Here is a direct link: https://www.delta.com/flight-search/book-a-flight
I don't think just because 2 V seats are available that the companion certificate can be used, right? Aren't there additional requirements - e.g. falling outside blackout dates?
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Old May 4, 19, 9:25 pm
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It's 2x in LUTXV. Although, there may be additional capacity controls (they don't have defined blackout dates). Also, need to be purchased with an Amex card. I'm thinking if you are that hard up for cash that you feel the need to sell these, why are you holding a $195/year credit card. It seems a no fee cash-back card would be a better fit, no?
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Old May 4, 19, 11:10 pm
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Originally Posted by xliioper View Post
It's 2x in LUTXV. Although, there may be additional capacity controls (they don't have defined blackout dates). Also, need to be purchased with an Amex card. I'm thinking if you are that hard up for cash that you feel the need to sell these, why are you holding a $195/year credit card. It seems a no fee cash-back card would be a better fit, no?
Churners who are only interested in bonuses would probably try to sell theirs to make it a $0 AF card. It doesn't make much more sense but it's a possible explanation. Then again, what good are MQM bonuses to someone not flying enough to use one of these certs? Oh well
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Old May 5, 19, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by Gig103 View Post
Churners who are only interested in bonuses would probably try to sell theirs to make it a $0 AF card. It doesn't make much more sense but it's a possible explanation. Then again, what good are MQM bonuses to someone not flying enough to use one of these certs? Oh well

I also can't imagine going through the trouble to buy a pass for $195 that you probably are not 100% sure is actually legit. To save what...$150? Maybe? And could be a lot less. And to do this on a plane ticket that you won't earn miles on?
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Old May 5, 19, 12:49 am
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According to the OP, he is giving them away, not looking to sell them, so it looks like he is trying to be generous. I have gifted them to friends and family a couple times when I didn't end up using them. I just recently downgraded to the blue card because the Alaska pass was just way less restrictive and easier to use.

Back to the OP, the only thing you can do I think is either trust the other party or have the other party trust you. Because either you will have to front the CC charge initially when you buy, or they will have to give you their CC info.
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Old May 5, 19, 6:41 am
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Back to the OP, the only thing you can do I think is either trust the other party or have the other party trust you. Because either you will have to front the CC charge initially when you buy, or they will have to give you their CC info.
Zelle peer to peer money transfer service has an Ďinstantí option that would seem to let you make sure a friend pays for a ticket properly within an airlineís 24 hour free cancellation window
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Old May 5, 19, 10:18 am
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One hiccup with that is that a cancellation, even within the 24 hour window, voids the companion cert and it canít be reused. It happened to me and I fought it up the chain to no avail.

But if OP isnít using it anyway, no harm done I guess.
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Old May 5, 19, 10:28 am
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One hiccup with that is that a cancellation, even within the 24 hour window, voids the companion cert and it canít be reused. It happened to me and I fought it up the chain to no avail.

But if OP isnít using it anyway, no harm done I guess.

Incorrect. I have cancelled several companion cert tickets within the 24-hour window and have always had the companion cert reinstated. The 24-hour window simply voids the transaction as if it never happened and puts you back in exactly the same position.
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Old May 5, 19, 10:57 am
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Sydney, I would have loved to have had you fight this for me. Obviously it was My mileage that varied on this. I made several phone calls, asked for supervisors (only one of such calls actually produced one.). By that time several days had passed and the cert was nearing its expiration date so I just let it it go. In hindsight, I should have probably used Twitter instead.
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Old May 5, 19, 12:33 pm
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Sydney, I would have loved to have had you fight this for me. Obviously it was My mileage that varied on this. I made several phone calls, asked for supervisors (only one of such calls actually produced one.). By that time several days had passed and the cert was nearing its expiration date so I just let it it go. In hindsight, I should have probably used Twitter instead.
When was this? I think that when the Amex DL cards were first issues they were very strict about this. However, for at least the last 5-6 years I have also had zero problem doing this. No arguments. Also, even after the 24 hour window I have been able to make changes to the reservation, but had to pay the change fee. Agents will need to transfer you to the promotions desk, as they handle these (but most agents seem to know this).
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