thinking of buying Delta Gift Card for myself, any downside?

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  1. MalcoveMagnesia
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    I'm about $2,500 away from hitting an AMEX MQM MilesBoost threshold, and to get myself over it I was thinking of buying myself a Delta Gift Card for that amount (since I'm certainly going to spend that amount on Delta flights within the first few months of next year).

    Aside from it being a $2,500 charge on my Amex card, are there any other possible downsides, rules or whatever I need to think about before I pull the trigger?

    One possible worry was that I wonder if the Customers First (24 hour purchase) rule might not apply for purchases made with a gift card, nor would I have the traditional credit card protections.
     
  2. MSPeconomist
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    Are you sure that gift card purchases count as qualified spend?
     
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    Does DL allow incremental use of the gift cards with residual value left over or is it a "one and done" situation. That could be bad.
     
  4. MalcoveMagnesia
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    Great thought! But no mention of anything in the Delta Amex T&C about exclusions to what is considered qualified spend for MilesBoost.

    I wonder if this purchase would also earn the traditional "double bonus" miles that one also gets when buying tickets from Delta?
     
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    Gift cards of any sort of work as qualifying spend for MilesBoost. Maybe technically they should not, but they do. But buying gift cards -- even Delta gift cards -- do not count for the qualified spend necessary to reach medallion status (i.e. spend at least $3000 for sliver status). On the other hand, if you're talking about having enough spend for MilesBoost you'll have at least $25K charged so will be exempt from qualified spend anyhow.
     
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    However, even if the gift cards don't earn MQD when purchased, when you use them to purchase a DL ticket, AFAIK the entire fare would count for MQD when flown.
     
  7. MalcoveMagnesia
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    I ended up buying a hefty Amazon gift card for myself and hopefully that charge will land by Wednesday night. The weasel words in the Delta Gift Card Terms & Conditions that ultimately turned me off was that it appears the card is completely un-combinable with eCerts or upgrade "instruments".
     
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    Yes. You said it.... this is what ought to come to mind when customers consider statements made by DL corp borgs.

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