Debate on Canceling my Delta Reserve Card

A year ago, I applied for and was approved for a Delta Reserve American Express card. As a Delta elite, I was excited I’d receive 10,000 medallion qualification miles toward elite status, though, funny enough, I’ve now ditched Delta for American. I just received my annual companion pass in my email inbox, and it got me thinking…

Delta Reserve Companion Certificate

So, a year has come and gone, and it’s now time to decide whether to renew this card. At $450, it’s a hefty expense, and one I don’t think I’ll be receiving any sort of retention offer on since I’ve hardly spent anything on the card.

So, let me take a look at what’s provided on this card, and how I’m using it.

  • SkyClub access is already provided with my Platinum card, and since I don’t fly Delta anymore, this benefit isn’t really helpful.
  • The card serves as a tie-breaker for upgrades, but, since I don’t fly Delta, I don’t need to be upgraded.
  • The card provides a faster way to earn MQMs, but since I don’t fly Delta, I don’t need to earn elite status with them.
  • The card provides an annual companion pass for First Class or Economy round-trip travel, which is my contention in wanting to keep this card.

A round-trip JFK-LAX in Delta Business Class (now, DeltaOne) is $1615 during a sample week in May.

Delta JFK-LAX Business Class Fare

So, effectively, for just over $2,000, I can fly myself and one other person from JFK to LAX on a premium Delta route in Business class, which isn’t too bad of a deal. That’s $1,000 per person for a business heavy route, with a great product.

That’s pretty much the only reason I’d consider keeping this card, as I’m no longer a Delta flyer. But, there’s plenty of reason to cancel it, too, considering that I’m not guaranteed to make a JFK to LAX on Delta with a companion within the next year, when the certificate expires. I wouldn’t want to use it on a DCA-ATL route, for example…

READ MORE  Seven awesome airlines that make flying a pleasure

So, what are your thoughts? Should I keep it or cancel it?

Find those elusive Awards & Upgrades - Find Flight Availability, Flight Upgrades & Awards, Frequent Flyer Information and more with

Looking for the best way to earn miles and points quickly? Visit the "Credit Cards" drop down on the main menu bar above for the hottest deals! Want to learn more and stay up to date on the latest tips, tricks and deals? Join My Travel Tips Facebook Page!   This site is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.


  1. Dan says

    I wouldn’t keep the card just for the companion certificate. I have had this card for years (I live in a Delta hub) and found it harder and harder to use the companion certificate. Keep in mind that there are fare class restrictions in using this certificate. So for a busy route like JFK – LAX, you may not be able to use the certificate for the class you want. This year has been particularly difficult – I was finally able to use after multiple tries and not for my first – or second – choice for which I was initially planning to use it. Personally, I keep the card just for the extra 30K MQMs that I can earn through spend – otherwise I would jettison it with no second thought. My opinion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *