How to Get and Use the Delta Companion Certificate

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What’s better than getting a great deal on a plane ticket? Getting 2 plane tickets for the price of 1! Getting a 2-for-1 deal on a plane ticket is possible with a companion ticket.

Southwest Airline’s Companion Pass is probably the most well-known companion ticket perk, but did you know that Delta also offers a companion ticket? It’s not quite the same as the Southwest Companion Pass, but still has a lot of value.

Here’s how to get a Delta Companion Certificate and use it for maximum value!

What is the Delta Companion Certificate?

The Delta Companion Certificate is a great perk that comes with select Delta credit cards. This perk allows you to essentially get a 2-for-1 deal on a plane ticket.

So, when you purchase one ticket, you can use the Delta Companion Certificate to purchase a 2nd ticket, and you only have to pay the taxes and fees on that 2nd ticket.

man and woman flying on a Delta airplane
Image Credit: Delta.com

Here are a few points to keep in mind when using your Delta Companion Certificate.

  • The ticket is good for travel within the continental U.S.; however, if you’re a resident of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, your ticket can originate from one of those destinations. You still must travel to one of the 48 contiguous states, and the address in your Delta account must be from one of those areas.
  • Companion tickets can be transferred, so you can book for someone else, but once the ticket is issued, it’s not transferrable.
  • Companion tickets can’t be applied to fares that have already been purchased.
  • If you cancel your reservation, your companion ticket won’t be re-issued.
  • The companion ticket must be for the exact same flight as the original paid ticket. You can’t use the companion ticket to purchase a fare for a friend on a different flight.
  • The paid ticket and companion ticket are both eligible for upgrades as long as both passengers are either a Delta SkyMiles member, Medallion member, or SkyTeam Alliance partner airline elite member. Any upgrades will be processed according to the passenger with the highest Delta status.
  • Companion ticket fares may require an advance purchase of up to 14 days, a 3-night minimum stay, and a 30-day maximum stay.
  • Some flights may be excluded, and stopovers and open jaws aren’t eligible for companion flights.
  • The primary, paid ticket on the itinerary will earn Delta SkyMiles, but the companion ticket will not.

Bottom Line: A Delta Companion Certificate allows you to purchase a 2nd ticket on select domestic flights for only the price of the taxes and fees on the 2nd ticket.

How to Get a Delta Companion Certificate

You can earn a Delta Companion Certificate simply by having the right credit card in your wallet.

Delta Platinum Skymiles credit card
Image Credit: Delta.com

American Express offers 4 co-branded personal Delta credit cards and 4 co-branded Delta business credit cards in total, but not all of them come with the companion pass perk.

The Delta Companion Certificate is only available on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® and Delta Reserve credit cards:

The companion pass varies slightly depending on what credit card you hold.

Delta Platinum Credit Cards [Personal and Business]

Both the Delta Platinum Card and Delta Platinum Business Card credit cards come with the companion ticket benefit. This perk offers one round-trip, main cabin companion ticket per year after you pay your annual fee.

You’re responsible for paying the taxes and fees on the companion ticket. The companion ticket is valid for L, U, T, X, and V classes of service only. These letters refer to different levels of economy fares. Both the 1st ticket and the fees for the 2nd ticket must be charged to your Delta SkyMiles card.

Delta Reserve Credit Cards [Personal and Business]

If you have either of the Delta Reserve Card or the Delta Reserve Business Card, you’re eligible for one round-trip, main cabin, Comfort+, or first class companion ticket per year after you pay your annual fee.

You’re responsible for paying the taxes and fees on the companion ticket. The companion ticket is valid for L, U, T, X, and V classes of service (economy), I and Z classes of service (first class), and W class (Delta Comfort+ ).

Both the 1st ticket and the fees for the 2nd ticket must be charged to your Delta Reserve American Express card.

Bottom Line: A Delta Companion Certificate is a perk that comes with the personal and business versions of the Platinum Delta and Delta Reserve credit cards. If you aren’t sure which of these credit cards is right for you, check out this guide to the best credit cards for Delta flyers.

How to Use the Delta Companion Certificate

Your Delta Companion Certificate can only be used on Delta.com; it can’t be used on Delta flights that are purchased on any other website.

Once you’re logged in to your account, you’ll be able to see your companion ticket in the My Wallet section.

My Delta Account
Image Credit: Delta.com

From there you can select your companion pass then search for flights as you normally would. The system should automatically filter out the flights that aren’t eligible for a companion pass ticket.

There isn’t a price limit to the ticket you can purchase with your Delta companion certificate. So, the higher the price of the ticket, the more value you get from this perk.

Let’s say you and a friend want to travel from New York to Los Angeles for a long weekend, but the tickets are $500 each. While you might not want to spend $1,000 for this trip, with the Delta Companion Certificate, you can purchase both tickets for just $500 (plus the taxes and fees on the 2nd ticket).

You can easily get hundreds of dollars of value from this 1 perk!

Hot Tip: On any itinerary, the primary, paid ticket is eligible to earn Delta SkyMiles, but the companion ticket is not.

Final Thoughts

The Delta Companion Certificate is a great deal. This perk allows you to buy a 2nd seat on a Delta flight for the price of the taxes and fees. That means you and your companion can fly for essentially the price of just one ticket!

The companion ticket is available as a perk on 4 Delta Amex credit cards: the Delta Platinum, the Delta Platinum Business, Delta Reserve, and Delta Reserve Business.


Frequently asked questions

What is a Delta Companion Certificate?

A Delta Companion Certificate is a perk offered on select Delta American Express credit cards that allows you to purchase a companion ticket for just the cost of the taxes and fees for that ticket. It essentially gives you a 2-for-1 deal on Delta flights.

Can I use a Delta Companion Certificate for first class?

Yes, you can use your companion ticket for a first class ticket if you purchase the primary first class ticket with your Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express.

Companion tickets purchased with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® credit card are only good for economy fares.

Can I give my Delta Companion Certificate to someone else?

Yes, you can book for someone else using your Delta Companion Certificate. However, once the ticket has been issued, it’s no longer transferrable.

Can a Delta Companion Certificate be upgraded?

Yes, a Delta Companion Certificate can be upgraded as long as the companion traveler is also a Delta SkyMiles, Medallion member, or partner airline elite member. All of the regular Delta upgrade rules will apply.

Do I earn Delta Skymiles on a companion ticket?

No, a Delta Companion Certificate will not earn Delta SkyMiles. The primary, paid ticket on the itinerary will still be eligible to earn SkyMiles.

Katie Seemann

About Katie Seemann

Katie is an Ohio native who caught the travel bug after spending a semester in college in Nottingham, England. In addition to exploring England, she visited Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands during that time and loved every minute of it (everything except the hostel in Scotland – that’s an experience she doesn’t intend on repeating!) In 2015, Katie discovered the world of points and miles, and since then she’s earned countless points and has an embarrassingly large number of credit cards in her wallet (which she needs a spreadsheet to keep track of!)

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13 comments

  1. Does the delta ticket have to be paid for with cash to use the companion ticket? Or can I purchase an award ticket using SkyMiles to get the first ticket and then use the companion ticket?

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    • Christine Krzyszton September 17, 2019

      Hi Jason. The first ticket cannot be an award ticket secured with SkyMiles. It must be a purchased ticket with cash (credit).

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  2. Do you get the companion ticket during your first year having the card? Or only after your first renewal, technically in your second year having the card?

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  3. Hello,

    My hubby is 6’6″, and we always have to go for extra legroom seats.

    Is it possible to upgrade to extra legroom seats when trying to take advantage of the companion ticket benefit?

    Do I have to pay the additional extra legroom fee with the companion ticket or is that waived?

    Thank you!

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    • Katie Seemann November 11, 2019

      Hi Janine,

      First off, my husband is 6’6″ too so we are also always in search of extra legroom!

      The type of ticket you can get with your Companion Certificate will depend on the credit card you have.

      With Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, you’ll receive a domestic Main Cabin Companion Certificate each year upon renewal.
      With the Delta Reserve Credit Card, you’ll receive a domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+® or Main Cabin Companion Certificate each year upon renewal.

      Once purchased both tickets are eligible for upgrades as long as both passengers are either a Delta SkyMiles member, Medallion member, or SkyTeam Alliance partner airline elite member. Any upgrades will be processed according to the passenger with the highest Delta status.

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  4. It’s basically impossible to redeem though. Every flight to every destination says sold out when you try to use the companion certificate. Delta platinum Amex is a scam.

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    • I have the same issue with Delta Platinum. Should I upgrade to the Delta Reserve? I am afraid I will pay more and will not be able to redeem.

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      • Christine Krzyszton January 14, 2020

        Hi Adrian. I would not upgrade to the Delta Reserve card for that reason alone. I have used my companion certificate for 5 years in a row now with no issues but routes are subject to availability. If you can use the worldwide lounge access and other benefits that come with the card, it may be worth it to you. Here’s our article on the benefits of the Delta Reserve card: https://upgradedpoints.com/amex-delta-reserve-credit-card-benefits

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        • Christine, can you give some examples of dates and itineraries where you were successful using the companion pass? How many times does it work for you for dates you want to travel vs. times it doesn’t work out?

          I’ve been invited to upgrade my Gold Amex Delta card to Platinum and was interested in the companion pass for my wife, though my understanding is we wouldn’t be able to use it until renewing the card next year, anyway.

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          • Christine Krzyszton January 21, 2020

            Hi Edward. I personally haven’t had any problem using the certificate, ever, but I can’t predict what your experience might be. I can share that I have used the companion certificate for a trip from TVC to New Orleans via DTW in January 2019, TVC via DTW to Buffalo, New York in October 2018, and TVC to Las Vegas October 2017. In previous years I have used it to position to cities where there was an inexpensive European fare and the fare price to that positioning city was especially high so I still received good value.

  5. My wife and I are going to FLA. I have a coworker that has a companion certificate he is willing to give us. Will I be able to book my flight with my credit card and use the companion ticket for my wife?

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    • Christine Krzyszton January 22, 2020

      Hi Ken. According to the terms and conditions on Delta’s web site, the certificate is transferable but the tickets must be purchased using the Delta SkyMiles card. Here is the exact wording: “The Companion Certificate is transferable, Primary ticket and Companion ticket are not transferable once issued. Companion Certificate may not be bartered or sold. Primary Ticket and Companion ticket must be purchased with your Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.” Here is the number to call for further information on the certificate: 1-855-551-2113.

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