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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

New Business Credit Card from American Express

If you fly with Delta Airlines a lot, then today's news may interest you. American Express recently announced the launch of a new line of business credit cards aimed at consumers and small business owners who fly with Delta Airlines often. The cards are the Delta Reserve Credit Card and the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card. Here's a notable quote from the April press release:

"...The Delta Reserve Credit Cards are now the most elite Cards offered in the line of American Express and Delta co-branded cards..."

If the above quote has piqued your interest, here's a much bigger clip from the release:

"...American Express and Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) are launching new premium co-branded credit cards for U.S.-based consumers and small businesses called the Delta Reserve Credit Card and the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card. These new products will offer added value, flexibility and new benefits for Cardmembers who are most loyal to Delta.

The Delta Reserve Credit Cards are designed to cater to the needs of Delta's on-the-go customers and provides Cardmembers with a greatly enhanced travel experience through benefits such as the ability to earn Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) faster, share MQMs with family and friends for the first time ever, access to the dedicated Breezeway priority boarding lane and frequent traveler security line, Delta Crown Room Clubs® access, and 24-7 concierge services. The Delta Reserve Credit Cards are now the most elite Cards offered in the line of American Express and Delta co-branded cards.

'We are delighted to expand our partnership with Delta and to offer these premium co-branded cards that reward our most loyal customers in new and unique ways,' said David Rabkin, vice president, Delta Cobrands, American Express. 'We know that affluent customers want access to distinctive services and experiences, so we continually look for ways to meet these needs. With the launch of the new Delta Reserve Credit Cards, we can deliver on that commitment.'

'The Delta Reserve Credit Card was created to offer premium customers a best-in-class co-brand card that provides them preferential treatment when flying Delta,' said Jeff Robertson, Delta's managing director of SkyMiles. 'Not only does this unique Card offer generous rewards, it will also provide loyal Delta customers an experience that is designed to exceed their expectations.'

The Delta Reserve Credit Cards offer distinct benefits and options that allow Cardmembers to:

  • Achieve higher Delta SkyMiles Medallion status faster:
  • Earn MQMs as a first purchase bonus;
  • Earn 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles when eligible spending reaches $30,000 in a calendar year;
  • Earn an additional 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 bonus miles when eligible spending reaches $60,000 in the same year.
  • Give the MQMs earned from Card spending to colleagues, friends or family – for the first time ever.

Enjoy complimentary access to Delta's Crown Room Clubs with two guests when flying on Delta.

Access to the dedicated Breezeway priority boarding lane and frequent traveler security line.

Utilize American Express' Personal Concierge Service with features such as gift buying and restaurant reservations – 24 hours a day/seven days a week.

Receive one complimentary companion certificate each year on the Cardmember's anniversary, good for either First or Coach Class travel.

Access to Pay with Miles, a new exclusive benefit for Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers -- and now Delta Reserve Credit Cardmembers. Pay with Miles offers added flexibility, allowing Cardmembers to redeem miles for any available Delta seat, any time. Cardmembers can book flights on delta.com and use Delta SkyMiles to pay for all or part of a Delta ticket, with no blackout dates or inventory restrictions.
Terms, conditions, and restrictions apply to these benefits. See www.americanexpress.com/deltareserve for details.

The Cards are available for an annual fee of $450. If a Cardmember is the Basic Cardmember of a domestic American Express consumer Charge Card account or of a domestic American Express small business charge card account that has an annual fee greater than or equal to $55, the annual fee is $395.

Consumers will continue to earn Always Double Miles® (i) on every eligible dollar they spend on Delta purchases, as well as at gas stations, supermarkets, drugstores, home improvement stores, and more.

The new Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card incorporates all the above benefits of the Delta Reserve Credit Card. However, the ability to earn Always Double Miles® (ii) on every eligible dollar spent includes the following business relevant categories: Delta purchases, gas stations, home improvement stores, wireless phone bill payments, and office supplies. In addition, the Business Card offers programs and services tailored specifically to the needs of small business owners. In addition, the Business Card provides expense management reporting, an online spend tracking system and spending limits on additional cards that aid in better managing employee spending..."
Enjoy!

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