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Delta Companion Certificate: How to get and use this perk

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If you’re an eligible Delta cobranded cardmember, you can get Delta’s round-trip companion certificate after each annual card renewal. Unlike some airlines’ competing certificates, the Delta companion certificate is free to redeem on eligible flights aside from fees and taxes. Think of it as a BOGO deal.

That said, be sure to read the fine print before using this certificate.

What is the Delta companion certificate and how does it work?

The Delta companion certificate is a pass valid for one round-trip first class, Delta Comfort+ or main cabin fare on eligible purchased flights within the 48 contiguous United States. Both passengers must be booked on the same flight and date at the same time.

The level of your companion certificate determines what class flight you’re able to book. Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card certificates allow for main cabin bookings, while Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card allows for first class, main cabin and Delta Comfort+ bookings.

How to get the Delta companion certificate

Delta awards one companion certificate to your account after each annual card renewal date. Unlike other competing companion certificates, you don’t need to do anything to become eligible for the companion certificate. All you need is a card that currently offers the companion certificate:

Name Product Welcome offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
40,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months, plus $100 after making a Delta purchase in the same timeframe
3x miles on Delta and direct hotel purchases, 2x miles at restaurants and US supermarkets and 1x miles for all other purchases
$250
This card boasts a welcome offer worth up to $720, an annual companion certificate and valuable Delta perks. Rates & fees
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
40,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
3x miles on direct Delta purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases
$550
Delta's luxury offering shines with access to Delta Sky Clubs, Centurion Lounges, an annual companion certificate and more valuable travel perks. Rates & fees
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
45,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, plus $100 after making a Delta purchase in the same timeframe
3x miles on direct Delta and hotel purchases, 1.5x miles on single purchases over $5,000 up to 50,000 miles per year, and 1x miles on all other purchases
$250
Earn 45,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, plus $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the same timeframe. Rates & fees
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
45,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
3x miles on direct Delta purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases on up to $150,000 in a calendar year, then 1.5x miles on non-Delta purchases the rest of the year
$550
Earn 45,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. Rates & fees
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How to use a Delta companion certificate: Steps to book

Once issued, your certificate will appear under the credits and certificates section of your account. Simply click on the certificate to search eligible flights.

How to maximize your Delta Companion Pass.

Make the most of your Companion Pass by using it on an otherwise expensive fare. For example, you could save more than $900 on a first class flight from Phoenix to DC when redeeming your certificate

Note that the Delta companion certificate is transferable only before it’s issued to your account.

Delta companion certificate: The fine print

While earning and redeeming your Delta companion certificate is simple, there are quite a few rules to know before you book your flight:

  • There are two types of passes.

    Depending on which credit card you own, you could either end up with the Delta Reserve companion certificate or the Delta Platinum companion certificate. The certificate you have determines your cabin options when you book your flight.

  • Only certain classes are eligible.

    Companion certificate seats are only available in L, U, T, X and V for main cabin flights. You’re limited to I and Z classes for first class travel and only W for Delta Comfort+ travel. This means you might need to plan your trip well ahead of time to find eligible classes for your flight.

  • Only Delta flights are eligible.

    This includes Delta, Delta Connection carrier and Delta Shuttle flights.

  • You’re responsible for taxes and fees.

    This includes any checked bags not waived by your Delta credit card.

  • You can’t redeem certificates in combination with other offers.

    This includes discounts such as web fares, sale fares and eCoupons.

  • Certificates expire.

    You’ll need to book and complete your certificate flight by the date listed on your certificate.

  • You must book your flights with your Delta credit card.

    You’ll need to book both flights on your credit card for eligibility.

  • No stopovers.

    Open-jaws, circle trips and stopovers are not permitted when redeeming your companion certificate.

  • Blackout dates.

    All blackout dates for your companion certificate are subject to the rules of the primary ticket fare.

Compare airline credit cards

Name Product Welcome offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months, a value of up to $750 through Chase Ultimate Rewards
5x points on Lyft, 2x points on travel and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
$95
Earn a signup bonus worth $750 with this popular travel card. Combine with other Chase Ultimate Rewards cards for even greater value.
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
10x points on Lyft rides, 3x points on dining and travel after earning your $300 travel credit and 1x points on all other purchases
$550
Get a generous $300 in annual travel credits, 3x points on travel and dining, and a 50% bonus on point redemptions with Chase's premier card.
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
35,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
2x miles on Delta purchases, restaurants and at US supermarkets and 1x miles on all other purchases
$0 intro annual fee for the first year ($99 thereafter)
With a welcome offer worth up to $600, up to 2x miles on select purchases, and assorted Delta perks, this is a strong choice for Delta fans. Rates & fees
Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card
10,000 miles after spending $500 in the first 3 months
2x miles at restaurants and on direct Delta purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases
$0
Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases and dining with this simple, entry-level Delta card, and pay no annual fee. Rates & fees
Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi
N/A
4% at gas stations on up to $7,000 annually (then 1%), 3% at restaurants and on travel, 2% at Costco and 1% on all other purchases
$0
Get 3% back on your travel and dining purchases with no foreign transaction fees and use the card for your Costco membership.
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Bottom line

Receiving a free Delta companion certificate every year will cover your credit card’s annual fee, making it a worthwhile card even if you rarely use it.

You’re trading some flexibility for the BOGO nature of the Delta companion certificate, however, so plan ahead when it nears time to redeem it.

If you’re looking for cards that offer more flexible companion pass offerings, compare airline cards to find one that fits your needs.

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    LaraSeptember 11, 2019

    Can the companion ticket be used if you are not flying. i.e. can you buy one ticket for a spouse and use the companion ticket for a child

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoSeptember 13, 2019Staff

      Hi Lara,

      Thanks for getting in touch! The Delta Companion Certificate is transferable only before it’s issued to your account so you can buy a ticket for the spouse and use the ticket for a child.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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