MilesQuest - New priority boarding benefit on Delta added for Amex Gold, Platinum,and Reserve...

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    American Express and Delta have just announced a new benefit for Delta Skymiles Gold, Platinum, and Reserve cardholders. Starting September 1, 2011, cardholders will be given Zone 2 priority boarding along with up to 9 of their travel companions on the same reservation. They will also be given a...
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    Zone 2 is normally Silver Medallion and some SkyTeam partner elites, probably some Alaska elites. I almost wonder whether the next step will be to allow DL AmEx cardmembers to check in with Silvers and get elite security line access where this benefit is provided for Silvers. Then an DL AmEx would be close to a way to purchase (through the annual fee) the lowest tier of elite, except for low priority upgrades, 25% bonus miles, front of the queue phone service, slightly better IROPs and OPUPs, and some increased inventory for domestic coach award tickets(?). This is starting to sound a bit line the UA pay an annual subscription for Y+ and some other benefits or the US pay for status plans.

    I wonder how many DL FFs have a DL AmEx card but no elite status. Maybe some got the CC for the free bag, which could make sense if you only check a bag a few times a year.

    It's further interesting that all DL AmEx cards are treated the same here, with no additional benefits for the more expensive cards. I almost would have expected Reserve cardmembers (at an annual fee of almost $500) to board in Zone 1. (Reserve already gives lounge access and slight priority above what it otherwise would be for free domestic upgrades for elites.)
     
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    It all depends on which page at delta.com you believe:
    http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=43&item=1422
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    http://www.delta.com/skymiles/about_skymiles/benefits_at_glance/dl_amex_credit_card/index.jsp
     
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    It's interesting that you must pay with a DL AmEx card to get the discount on food, drinks, etc. purchased on board, but the other benefits come from having the card rather than using the card to buy the tickets. In particular, tickets purchased through corporate travel offices and cards get the benefits if the passenger (or someone on the same PNR) simply has a DL AmEx card.
     

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