As the holidays approach and people search online for tickets home to (safely) spend time with family and friends, many are looking for ways to save on flights, trains and car rentals.
Targeted credit card offers are an excellent way to do so — and a new Amex Offer just popped up that Delta flyers who have an American Express card will appreciate.
Through December 31, you might be able to get a $120 statement credit when you spend $300 or more on Delta Air Lines in one or more transactions.
To see if you’re eligible, log into your American Express account and check your Amex Offers. If you are, add the offer to your card and be sure to use that card when you purchase flights on Delta. Amex Offers are targeted based on your personal spending habits, so you may or may not find this particular one in your account. If you have more than one card, check your offers on every card.
Also note that Delta recently eliminated change fees on its flights — so if you have to change your flight for any reason, you will no longer be charged the $200 fee (but you still may be on the hook for any difference between the fare you bought originally and the fare for the flight you’re switching to.) The elimination of change fees is permanent for all U.S. domestic flights including to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For international flights, it applies to tickets purchased until the end of 2020.
Check your credit card offers frequently to take advantage of more money-saving hacks like this.
This is especially important in the age of coronavirus as states and foreign countries may still impose restrictions on entry. We also recommend checking with your doctor and familiarizing yourself with all state and local guidelines before you book any trips.
If you’re looking to avoid crowds as much as possible during your journey, it could also be worth applying for TSA PreCheck, which funnels you through a separate security line that’s typically faster and less crowded, and doesn’t require you to take off your shoes or remove electronics from bags. It’s $85 for five years — which comes to $17 per year — so even if you take one round-trip flight per year, it might be worth the $8.50 per airport visit.
Many credit cards also offer an application fee credit, meaning they’ll reimburse you for the $85 fee. These include the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, Citi Prestige® Card* and Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card*, among plenty of others.
If you plan to go on international travel, you may consider applying for Global Entry instead, which lets you bypass standard immigration lines upon return to the U.S. and use automated kiosks instead, potentially saving hours in line. If you are approved for Global Entry you also automatically get TSA PreCheck, and you’ll only pay $15 more for the full five years. The $100 fee is also reimbursed, once every five years, by many credit cards.
*All information about the Citi Prestige® Card and Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by NextAdvisor and has not been reviewed by the issuer.