How to Use the Delta Companion Certificates: Step-by-Step Guide

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How to Use Delta Companion Certificates

Who doesn’t love getting 2-for-1 flights? I sure do. Delta offers this benefit to cardholders of either the Delta SkyMiles Platinum or Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express cards. Both of these cards provide you with a Delta Companion Certificate every account anniversary that can be worth $100s, far outweighing the annual fee. In this post we’ll detail how to search and book flights with your Delta Companion Certificate.

Delta Companion Certificate Basics

The Delta Companion Certificates come in two flavors. The one you earn from the Delta SkyMiles Platinum cards allows you to book a companion for just the cost of taxes and fees when flying Main Cabin (L, U, T, X, and V fare classes). Both the business and personal Delta Platinum cards offer a companion certificate, and the benefit is identical.

The Delta SkyMiles Reserve cards (both personal and business) offer a certificate with even more flexibility. The Reserve version can book you into Main Cabin, Comfort+, or even First Class (I, Z, W, L, U, T, X, and V fare classes). You cannot use it to book Delta One, however.

All Delta Companion Certificates are only valid for travel within the lower 48 U.S. states unless you live in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the latter case, you can use them to book flights originating in those places to the lower 48 U.S. states. You cannot use a Delta Companion Certificate to book flights internationally.

You also have to hold your Delta credit card for at least a year, as you are awarded one companion certificate on each account anniversary. There is no option for earning more than one certificate, however nice that sort of benefit would be. When booking, you’ll pay no more than $75 in taxes and fees for your companion.

Delta companion certificate first class

Step-by-Step Booking with a Delta Companion Certificate

To search and book a flight using your certificate, you’ll need to log into your account at delta.com. Unlike the Southwest Companion Pass, you cannot apply a companion certificate to a booking you’ve already made. You need to book both tickets at the same time, and your companion must be taking the exact same flights.

Navigate to My Profile and use the side menu to view any certificates that you have available. This is what you should see. If you have more than one like I do, you’ll be able to tell the difference between which card it is from.

But you don’t need to actually go here to book your travel. This is just to check the status of your certificates. To book using your Delta Companion Certificate, simply click Book. Click Advance Search. You’ll see a link at the bottom labeled Use Certificates, eCredits, or Delta Gift Cards.

You’ll then see your available certificates to use. Click the check box to the left, and then click the Continue button to search for flights.

Delta companion certificates

You’ll then be taken to a search form that is set up specifically for Delta Companion Certificate use. It will be set to Round Trip and showing 2 Passengers. You just need need to fill in origin, destination, and dates. If you are using a Delta Reserve certificate, it will let you change the selection among Main Cabin, Comfort+, and First Class.

how to book Delta companion certificateOnly available flights in the fare classes bookable by the certificate will be shown. In my case, there wasn’t any Comfort+ space, but I can find First Class space.

You can select the flights you want and move on to finish booking. You’ll see the final total for two people, all taxes and fees included.

Delta first class companion certificate booking

Final Thoughts

Hopefully this walkthrough is helpful for showing you how to book using a Delta Companion Certificate. These certificates are one of the best perks of the Delta credit cards. Delta has been generous in extending their expiration period through the COVID-19 pandemic. Certificates earned over the past year and a half have been extended through June 30, 2022.

Ian Snyder
After igniting his passion for award travel while planning his honeymoon, Ian now enjoys using points and miles to see the world with his wife and three internationally adopted kiddos. He loves dissecting loyalty programs to find maximum value. His goal is to demonstrate that extraordinary travel is possible for the ordinary family.

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