I have never had a mileage earning card....I earn enough of them the old fashioned way by flying. But --- my old primary card no longer serves my needs. I have been thinking about redeeming SkyMiles for AMEX gift cards and decided that the change from 13,500 miles/$100 to 11,000/$100 is worth it. I was going to go for the Reserve card but decided that too many of the benefits I already get for being DM and settled on the DL AMEX Platinum. So, how long before that hits my SkyMiles account? How many gift cards should I get?