The results are in for my Delta Amex misapplication. I applied for the second time for this card hoping I would get the bonus. I did not. I meekly protested. Amex reviewed the claim and upheld the ruling. They kindly refunded me the entire $200 annual fee for my troubles even though the prorated amount should have been $162.
Before you criticize me for applying for card twice, I would like to reiterate that I did receive the Surpass bonus twice even after the new rule went into effect. That strategy did not work here.
Ah well, I’m not down with Delta anyway.