Most Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards Now Get 15% Discount on Delta Award Tickets Most Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards Now Get 15% Discount on Delta Award Tickets

Most Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards Now Get 15% Discount on Delta Award Tickets

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Delta and American Express have made it official. Delta SkyMiles co-branded credit cardholders now receive a 15% discount on award tickets when booking flights operated by Delta Air Lines.

The new benefit, “TakeOff15”, is available to Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card cardholders.

When this benefit first surfaced, it appeared to only apply to the consumer version of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card card. However, this didn't end up being the case. Instead, most Delta co-branded credit cards now get this new benefit.

Here is what Delta SkyMiles American Express cardholders need to know about this new benefit.

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Most Delta co-branded American Express cards now offer a new benefit, 15% off Delta award tickets. (Image by Max Prosperi / AwardWallet)

Confirmed: 15% Award Ticket Discount for Most Delta SkyMiles American Express Cardholders

This new benefit originally appeared as the result of an error on American Express' part. In late January, the card issuer published new information on its website, which included details related to the “TakeOff15” benefit. At the time, the benefit was only listed as being offered to Delta Reserve cardholders.

While American Express quickly scrubbed any mention of this benefit from its website, it appeared to confirm that at least one of the SkyMiles co-branded cards would get this benefit sometime in the near future.

Now, just a week later, the new 15% award ticket discount is available to most Delta SkyMiles American Express cardholders.

What is the”TakeOff15″ Award Discount?

The new TakeOff15 benefit is available to select Delta SkyMiles American Express cardholders. The benefit allows cardholders to receive a 15% discount on eligible SkyMiles award redemptions. This benefit can be used an unlimited number of times with no blackout dates.

Which Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards Offer the TakeOff15 Benefit?

The majority of Delta's co-branded American Express credit cards now offer the TakeOff15 benefit to cardholders. Here is the full list of credit cards that offer the TakeOff15 award discount benefit:

The only co-branded Delta SkyMiles card not receiving this new benefit is the Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card. However, this is no surprise as the Blue Delta Amex Card charges $0 annual fee — and thus doesn't offer many benefits.

Related: How to Choose The Right Delta SkyMiles Card

How Will Delta Cardholders Redeem the TakeOff15 Award Discount?

To redeem this benefit, eligible cardholders must ensure that they've saved their card to their SkyMiles profile. Once they've saved their card to their SkyMiles profile, the 15% discount will appear on eligible itineraries when searching for SkyMiles awards.

Which Flights Will Be Eligible for the Delta Award Discount?

Eligible itineraries will be limited to flights operated by Delta Air Lines and its regional affiliates (i.e. Delta Connection flights). Itineraries that include codeshare flights and partner award tickets will not be eligible for the 15% discount. It's also worth noting that the discount will not apply to taxes and fees. However, on the majority of routes operated by Delta, these taxes and fees are usually less than $10 each way, with domestic flights incurring taxes and fees of just $5.60.

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The “TakeOff15” discounted award ticket benefit would likely allow eligible cardholders to book a seat in Delta One for 15% fewer SkyMiles. (Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

TakeOff15 Award Discount Examples

While it might not seem like much, 15% off award tickets can go a long way. This is especially true given that there is no limit to the number of times you can use the benefit. Here's what a 15% discount looks like when applied to some sample Delta award redemptions:

New York City (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) via Detroit (DTW) in Business Class

  • SkyMiles Required: 375,000
  • 15% Discount: 56,250
  • Discounted Price: 318,750

Atlanta (ATL) to Miami (MIA) in Basic Economy

  • SkyMiles Required: 4,500
  • 15% Discount: 675
  • Discounted Price: 3,825

Los Angeles (LAX) to Boston (BOS) in Comfort+

  • SkyMiles Required: 27,000
  • 15% Discount: 4,050
  • Discounted Price: 22,950

Related: The Unofficial Delta SkyMiles Award Chart

The Bottom Line

Just a week after the benefit leaked, Delta and Amex launched the new Delta credit card “TakeOff15” benefit. With the launch of this new benefit, most Delta co-branded American Express credit cardholders now receive a 15% discount on SkyMiles award tickets.

The 15% discount on award tickets is only available for itineraries in which all flights are operated entirely by Delta Air Lines or Delta Connection affiliates. Additionally, the benefit can be used an unlimited number of times, and there are no blackout dates.

To take advantage of this new benefit, eligible cardholders will need to make sure they've saved their card to their SkyMiles profile. Once they've saved their card to their profile, all eligible awards will appear with the 15% discount.

What do you make of this new benefit? Do you plan on taking advantage of this new benefit?

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  • For hub captives who hold this CC, this could be an easy way to save some miles. But for the rest of us, spending $550 annually to save 15% miles on redemptions is not attractive. Between the lines, is this a feature to attract more people to the Amex Delta Reserve card? Or is Delta now realizing that their redemptions are priced too high and without admitting that, this new feature gives their best customers a small discount? I can’t see anyone going hogwild over a 15% discount!

    • It certainly isn’t gamechanging for all travelers, but the savings could add up for Delta frequent flyers. If someone would otherwise redeem 250k SkyMiles, the 37,500-mile savings would equate to $450 at 1.2 cents per mile. That would definitely change the math on this card.