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Thoughts on Delta Reserve card? Great benefits (most MQMs and bonus miles, free lounge access) but $450 in fees. I called and they won’t waive or offer statement credit. Worth it?

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I can't figure this card out. Most of the privileges (e.g. Checked bag, lounge access, early boarding) are things that you get anyway with delta status. 1 mile per dollar is pitiful. So it seems targeted at people who don't have delta status but fly delta enough to make it worthwhile?

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Google and quantify. Not rocket science. Likely CSR way better

Do you have CSR?

I’d just get the platinum Amex. It’s $550 with a ton of perks to offset the annual fee, plus Priority Pass and free Delta lounge access whenever flying Delta.

I have been considering this too. Another benefit that I really like is that it nudges you above other travelers on the upgrade list when you are all the same status. As a diamond, that would put me at the top more often on busy legs and the upgrades make all the difference. The $450 bothers me too though.

I have CSR. It’s a joint card with my husband. But I still have a separate card that’s mine and current one could have better rewards. Googled, read Points Guy, and just wondering if others have jumped on the offer.

McK, that's right - it's a good card to help GET you status faster. If a person is already high in status and able to maintain the status easily through normal travel, then the Delta Reserve is not the best option out there.

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