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Originally posted on 7/19:
- Delta Reserve Consumer 747 Limited Time Offer
- Delta Reserve Business 747 Limited Time Offer
I’m not a big Delta fan. Their miles, or as frequent flyers call them, Skypesos, are worth less than most other mileage currencies. They rarely provide opportunities for outsized business or first class redemption values or last minute bargains as other mileage currencies offer.
I have Executive Platinum status on American and Global Service status on United, but nothing on Delta. They’re much stingier than American and United for economy plus seating and their systemwide upgrades are a joke compared to them.
But, I applied for and was approved for a Delta Reserve Business AMEX. That had more to do with the card than the card’s benefits. You see, 25% of the card’s metal comes from a retired Delta Boeing 747 and I’m a sucker for anything related to the Queen of the Skies.
Here’s how they did it:
There’s nothing quite like seeing and flying on the mighty 747.
6 years ago I took my son Rafi on a 747 trip, an experience he still talks about today.
You can still fly on a 747, but it’s not easy anymore. Air China flies the 747-400 and 747-8, Asiana flies the 747-400, Korean Air flies the 747-8 on routes like Seoul to/from Honolulu and Los Angeles, and Lufthansa flies the 747-8 on routes like Frankfurt to/from Chicago, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
747 swag from its final United flight:
I also redeemed miles for the 747-400 cut from the plane:
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So, when Delta announced that the Reserve AMEX would be made from a 747 for a limited time, and they were offering a 6 figure signup bonus to boot, I naturally decided to go for it.
Sure, it’s gimmicky, but as far as gimmicks go, it’s a pretty cool one!
The card is a beauty indeed:
The augmented reality site that AMEX created to go along with the card is also awesome! Open that link on your phone for a fun ride and tour of the 747’s history and how they turned the retired plane into credit cards.
Fair warning, I showed the virtual 747 to my airplane obsessed 2 year old son and now he wants me to open the augmented reality site all day long to park the plane all over the place!
Will you apply for a Delta Reserve Consumer or Reserve Business card by 8/3 for 100K-110K miles, plus a card made from a 747?