So I guess word spread about the Delta voucher situation I experienced a little over a week ago.  When I say “word spread” I mean that, by pageviews, it was the #6 post ever on Andy’s Travel Blog and Business Insider’s article about it was #2 on the entire site for basically the entire weekend.

Long story long: Delta had to bump 30 passengers from a flight to Iceland and ended up paying us $4500 apiece in vouchers.

Historically, vouchers like these were kind of hard to redeem and needed to be applied toward future flights on whatever airline issued the voucher (Delta, in this case).  I was dreaming of all the amazing SkyTeam flights I could take, like Business Class down to Africa, but then the desk agent told us we could apply the voucher amount to a variety of different gift cards in addition to Delta.


The Delta Choice program

While I was at the gate agent’s desk, she made sure I received the following email:

a screenshot of a gift card

(Obviously I didn’t include the gift code)

Today I logged into the portal and was shocked at all the options I had!

Even better, I can apply the $4500 balance to a variety of different cards if I choose, in up to $500 increments.

Here are all the vendor options, with most having the option of being a digital or physical card:

  • Delta
  • Visa Virtual Account/Prepaid Debit Card
  • Mastercard Virtual Account/Prepaid Debit Card
  • American Express Prepaid Card
  • Apple
  • Gap / Banana Republic / Old Navy / Athleta
  • Kohl’s
  • Foot Locker
  • TJ Maxx / Marshalls / HomeGoods / HomeSense / Sierra
  • Target
  • Macy’s
  • Cabela’s
  • Bass Pro Shop
  • Hulu
  • Ulta Beauty
  • HelloFresh
  • Sephora
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Airbnb
  • Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden / Longhorn Steakhouse / Cheddar’s / Yard House / Bahama Breeze / Seasons 52)
  • Nordstrom / Nordstrom Rack
  • Grubhub
  • Starbucks
  • Best Buy
  • Uber

So…how would you spend it?

I have 83 more days to decide.  Tell me in the comments below how you’d allocate the $4500!

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