One of the best benefits of Delta’s top credit cards – the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card – are the companion certificates you get each year. These buy-one, get-one tickets for domestic flights could easily help offset the annual fee you pay for each card.
Well, at least they were great when travel was possible. With travel on hold for now, airlines have granted travelers broad flexibility to change or cancel their flights for free – and even extended vouchers and travel credits for travel as far as September 2022 and beyond.
Luckily, Delta has done the same by extending the validity of these companion certificates. And that’s true whether you’ve got one set to expire soon or had to cancel an upcoming trip booked using a companion ticket.
Read on for details for what’s happening with your Delta companion ticket.
How Delta Companion Certificates Work
These BOGO tickets are arguably the best perks of both Delta’s Platinum and Reserve cards.
With both cards, you get that companion ticket starting in your second full year with the card. But each certificate is a bit different:
- Platinum: Good for one round-trip ticket in the continental U.S. in main cabin economy only
- Reserve: Good for one round-trip ticket in the continental U.S. in first class, Comfort Plus, or economy.
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Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as buying a plane ticket and getting the second one free.
The companion certificate from the Platinum Card only works for fare classes L, U, T, X, and V in the main cabin. That means basic economy fares are off-limits, as are some of the cheapest priced economy fares. With companion certificates from the Reserve card, you can also book first class fare classes I and V or Comfort Plus fare class W.
Thrifty Tip: Confused about fare classes? Read our guide on how they work.
Depending on where you live and when you’re flying, these restrictions can make it more difficult to get a lot out of the companion pass. Still, with some planning, it shouldn’t be hard to squeeze a few hundred dollars in value out of these companion fares.
You need to pay for your first ticket (and the taxes and fees of the second) with your Delta card in order to use the companion ticket.
And critically, this is a lose it or use it benefit. You must travel (not just book your ticket) by the time your certificate is set to expire – it won’t rollover.
So what is Delta doing to make sure you don’t lose your certificates?
Delta is Automatically Extending Unused Companion Certificates
Don’t worry about racing out to the airport just to ensure your companion certificates aren’t wasted.
Back when Delta announced it would extend Medallion status by a year, it also gave travelers with unused companion certificates more time to put them to use. Those extensions depend on when your current companion ticket was set to expire:
- Companion certificates expiring between March 1 and June 30, 2020: Extended for use until Dec. 31, 2020.
- Companion certificates expiring between July 1, 2020 and April 1, 2020: Extended for use by another six months.
So if you’ve got a companion ticket that was set to expire this month, that’s been extended until Dec. 31. Meanwhile, a certificate due to expire in January 2021 now has through July 2021.
These extensions are automatic – there should be no need to ask Delta. That said, there’s no ruling out additional extensions as coronavirus continues to unfold. Delta has been shining throughout the coronavirus pandemic, regularly leading the pack with consumer-friendly moves.
To check on your companion certificate, just head for Delta.com, log into your account, and head for “My Wallet.” You’ll find it (along with any vouchers or eCredits from cancelled flights) under “credits and certificates.” And any companion certificate will clearly display new expiration date.
What If I Used it on a Flight I Need to Cancel?
Already book a flight for you and a companion and don’t want to lose that certificate by canceling? You should be covered there, too.
So long as your flight falls under Delta’s current cancellation policy for coronavirus, you’ll have no trouble getting it back if you cancel your flights. And Delta is extending these restored certificates until at least Dec. 31.
While this should also be automatic, canceling these bookings can be a bit more involved than your typical solo flight. So you may need to get in touch with Delta to make sure you get your companion certificate back.
Thrifty Tip: Don’t waste time sitting on hold. Rather than call Delta, send them a DM via Twitter or Facebook.
Delta is giving travelers an additional six months or more to use these valuable companion certificates. Even if you’ve already got a two-for-one trip booked that you may need to cancel due to coronavirus, it should be no problem to get it back.
And given how quick to help consumers Delta has been throughout this ordeal, Delta may eventually grant even further extensions for companion certificates.
This story has been corrected to note that Reserve companion certificates only work for flights within the continental U.S.