How the Delta SkyMiles Companion Certificate Saves You Money

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If round-trip tickets from New York City to San Francisco cost $317 per person (at the time of booking), how did I manage to only spend $345 for 2 round-trip tickets? I share this buy one, get one free deal and more in today’s episode!

Today we’re going to talk about the Delta SkyMiles companion certificate. If you don’t already know, the Delta SkyMiles Companion Certificate is one of the exclusive perks that come with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card. As a card member, you automatically get a companion certificate every year you renew your credit card and pay the annual fee of $195.

To some this might sound steep but hear me out.

I love the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card because the companion certificate allows you to buy one round-trip main cabin ticket and get another round-trip main cabin ticket for free. You’re only responsible for paying the taxes and fees on the freebie.


Why is the companion certificate so beneficial?

Although the upfront cost is $195, the Delta SkyMiles companion certificate works great if you want to book a round-trip flight with your significant other, family or friend that costs more than the credit card’s annual fee.

Since most round-trip flights within the U.S. generally costs more than $195, you’ll reap the benefits right off the back by redeeming your companion certificate.

Remember the goal here is to offset the credit card fee so use the companion certificate on flights which cost more than $195.


How to find your Delta SkyMiles companion certificate:

Step 1: Log In to with your Delta SkyMiles information.

Step 2: Navigate to “SkyMiles” → “Manage Your Account”.

Step 3: Next go to “My Delta” → “My Wallet”.

Step 4: Inside “My Wallet” click on “Credits and Certificates”.

Step 5: Select your certificate and go on to booking your flights.


Important things to remember:

  • The companion certificate can only be used on domestic flights within the contiguous 48 states. That means if you’re based in the states, no round-trip flights to Alaska, Hawaii, USVI or Puerto Rico.
  • The round-trip companion certificate has to be used on domestic main cabin or business class fares.
  • Both your ticket and your companion tickets has to be booked on the same flight.
  • You have to pay for taxes and fees of no more than $75 for domestic round-trip flights.
  • If you cancel your itinerary, you can’t reuse your companion certificate.
  • You must book and fly by the date listed on your certificate.
  • Can’t accrue miles from your companion certificate.
  • Can only claim this through
  • You have to pay for these tickets with your Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card.


Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card perks:

    1. First checked bag free on Delta flights.


    1. Access to priority boarding.


    1. No foreign transaction fees.


  1. 2x Miles on Delta purchases like flights booked on, seat upgrades and in-flight purchases. 


If you’re interested in the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card sign up and get 60,000 SkyMiles (equivalent to a round-trip flight to Europe) after spending $2,000 in 3 months. This is a limited time offer.

Not sure when to book the cheapest flights, check out Episode 5 where we chat about the latest airfare trends and the best times to book a flight deal.


What’s your favorite thing about earning and redeeming points and miles?


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Best Time To Buy Cheap Flights According to 2018 Airfare Study
Never book an overpriced flight again!

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Ever wondered when is the best time to buy flights? In this episode we pull back the curtain and take a look at’s 2018 Airfare Study. This airfare study analyzes the latest airfare trends and bases its findings on 917 million flights listed on CheapAir’s website in 2017.

In this bonus episode we cover:

  • How many times flight prices change overtime.
  • Best and worst days to fly.
  • 6 booking window zones including the best time to book the cheapest flights.
  • Cheapest day to book a flight.


When is the best time to buy flights?

Based on this study, here are the important things you need to know:

  1. Airfares change every 5-6 days.
  2. Use price alerts (from SkyScanner or Google Flights) to establish a fight price baseline and track price fluctuations.
  3. When you see an amazing flight deal be ready to jump on it!


Do you have a travel fund? Check out Episode 2: Why You Need a Travel Fund to learn why having a travel fund is an important part of making travel a financial priority.


When do you book flights, super early or last minute?


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