A Wish List for the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express

Meg LeeFeb 4, 2020

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The is a great card to add to your wallet if you fly Delta regularly. Even when accounting for , most Delta loyalists can earn back their annual fee with ease. Free checked bags, Delta Sky Club access, Centurion Lounge access, priority boarding, and the current welcome offer make this credit card an enticing option for current and rising Delta flyers.

Even still, the card isn’t perfect. Here are some of the features we wish came with the :

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The price mark is hard to stomach upfront, especially since you can’t “earn” back that money until you’ve flown a handful of times on Delta with baggage in tow. Terms apply.

After signing up for your , you have to wait until your card renewal before the Companion Certificate is issued (terms apply). Since the Companion Certificate is a high-dollar perk to offset your entry costs, we wish it were issued more quickly.

As of Jan. 30, 2020, the “Miles Boost” feature was replaced with “Status Boost.” That means cardholders who meet certain spending requirements each calendar year will only earn Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs):

In years past, these spending thresholds would award both MQMs and additional Delta miles. That's no longer the case.

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As it stands, the earns 3 miles per $1 spent on Delta-related purchases, but only 1 mile per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases. Terms apply.

We’d be way more likely to grab this credit card at checkout if it included unique rewards on other types of purchases, like dining. A 2x bonus at restaurants would make us much happier spenders.

We get it. Delta Platinum or Diamond Medallion status is reserved for frequent travelers. But wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to spend $120,000 on this credit card to earn the MQMs necessary for Gold status?

We’d love to see more attainable spending thresholds.

As of Jan. 30, 2020, access to Delta’s expedited security, Sky Priority, is no longer available to .

This was a great perk for speeding through airport security, and we say bring it back!

On the bright side, cardholders will receive $100 fee credit toward Global Entry application fees. Terms apply.

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the , including those best for:

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