Delta has updated its website and is now selling gift certificates (something other airlines have done for a long time).
"Giving or receiving the gift of travel is now incredibly easy for our customers," said Bob Kupbens, vice president – Marketing and Digital Commerce. "We want to make it easy for customers to do business with Delta, which is why we continue to provide new and innovative ways to help customers plan their next trip and further improve their travel experience."
The process is simple and intuitive. Customers will be allowed to choose the information they would like to include on the eGift Certificate such as the sender's name, a personal message, the recipient's name and an email address for delivery.
Recipients are able to redeem the certificates through delta.com, reservations agents or at airport locations by simply including the redemption code and certificate number from the eGift Certificate when they place their reservation.
It took me some time to find the link to purchase the gift certificates.
You can redeem gift certificates here.
Why does this matter? Well, American Express offers a $200 airline credit for 'incidentals'. In order to use it you have to select an airline.
In my experience, gift card purchases are recognized as a valid charge for American Express and are credited back. However, it's a good idea to keep the purchase under $75.
Here are the Terms & Conditions:
Incidental air travel fees must be charged on the enrolled Card Account for the benefit to apply. Purchases made by both the Basic and Additional Card Members on the enrolled Card Account are eligible for statement credits. However, each Card Account is eligible for up to a total of $200 a year in statement credits across all Cards on the Account. Incidental air travel fees must be separate charges from airline ticket charges. Fees not charged by the Card Member's airline of choice (e.g. wireless internet and fees incurred with airline alliance partners) do not qualify for statement credits. Incidental air travel fees charged prior to enrollment in this benefit are not eligible for statement credits. Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets are not deemed to be incidental fees. The airline must submit the incidental air travel fees under the appropriate merchant code, industry code, or required service or product identifier for the charge to be identified. Please allow 2-4 weeks after the qualifying incidental air travel fee is charged to your Card Account for statement credit(s) to be posted to the Account. We rely on airlines to submit the correct information on airline transactions, so please call the number on the back of the Card if statement credits have not posted after 4 weeks from the date of purchase. Card Members remain responsible for timely payment of all charges. To be eligible for this benefit, Card Account(s) must be active and not in default at the time of statement credit fulfillment. If a charge for any incidental air travel fee is included in a Pay Over Time feature balance on your Card Account (for example, Sign & Travel), the statement credit associated with that charge will not be applied to that Pay Over Time feature balance. Instead, the statement credit will be applied to your Pay In Full balance. For additional information about this benefit, call the number on the back of your Card.