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Do I have to Use My Amex to get a Free Checked bag with Delta?

Old Jan 18, 20, 10:29 pm
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Do I have to Use My Amex to get a Free Checked bag with Delta?

Hi. New member here but lurked forever. I recently booked a flight with a Chase Sappire credit card on a Delta operated and marketed flight, but I also hold an Amex Platinum Skymiles credit card. I am booking a basic economy ticket on an international flight. I am wondering whether I have to use the delta CC to get the free checked bag? Last year, I got the free checked bag but I booked it with Delta. There's a bit of conflicting information on the T&C. In one part, there's no mention of having to use it but on another section it says that it has to be used.

I have reached out to Delta via twitter and customer service and everyone has said yep don't need to use it. Just wanted to follow up here to find out whether anyone has actually done it with success.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 10:34 pm
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You don’t need to buy the ticket with the Delta Amex card.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 10:37 pm
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No firsthand knowledge to your question, but I'm surprised Beyonce is worried about checked bag fees
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Old Jan 18, 20, 10:39 pm
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No firsthand knowledge to your question, but I'm surprised Beyonce is worried about checked bag fees
HAHA. I mean, I am busy sending people free merchandise, I need to skimp somehow.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
You donít need to buy the ticket with the Delta Amex card.
Thanks. Is from personal experience?
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Old Jan 18, 20, 11:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Beyonce View Post
Thanks. Is from personal experience?
A search here will show that is how it works. Your Skymiles account is linked to your AMEX account. Thus you just need to have your DL FF# in reservation. Ie you can't have a FB # in reservation and get benefits because you bought the DL ticket with the AMEX.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 11:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Beyonce View Post
Thanks. Is from personal experience?
All that is required is that you have your Skymiles number on your reservation. The system is able to verify with Amex if you have an active Delta Amex card associated with your number and waives the fee. There's no requirement or check performed that the ticket was actually paid with the card.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 11:27 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
A search here will show that is how it works. Your Skymiles account is linked to your AMEX account. Thus you just need to have your DL FF# in reservation. Ie you can't have a FB # in reservation and get benefits because you bought the DL ticket with the AMEX.
Thanks for your response. I don't understand bolded part. Can you explain?

I also went through an old thread that detailed the difference in term language. So, I am happy. Just wanted to use the best card with travel protections and still get the free checked. I don't mind possibly sitting in the middle. I am saving $300 bucks (in total) which I can use for a fancier experience when I arrive.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 11:55 pm
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Your AMEX benefits are granted because you are using your DL FF account on the reservation. If you book a ticket using the AMEX, but credit the miles to another airline program (such as KLM Flying Blue) you won't get the benefits.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:33 am
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Your AMEX benefits are granted because you are using your DL FF account on the reservation. If you book a ticket using the AMEX, but credit the miles to another airline program (such as KLM Flying Blue) you won't get the benefits.
Thanks for explanation. Yes, I read that the flight must be Delta marketed and operated. I was going to book on Airfrance website as a basic economy, where I would get to choose a seat. The flight was operated by Delta but marketed as AF. Originally, I was thinking of booking with AMEX and get the free seat selection and free checked bag at the airport. But before, I did, I read clearly the rules and I saw that I would not received a free checked bag in that scenario. But most importantly, I didn't have to use Delta.
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