New Amex Offer Can Save You Money On Delta

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For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points. We just saw a new targeted Amex Offer rolled out that can save you money on your next Delta purchase.

With this new, targeted Amex Offer, you can receive a $160 statement credit when you spend $800 in one or more transactions with Delta by October 8, 2018. This is essentially an opportunity to save 20% on the cost of a Delta flight, which is great.

The basic conditions to be aware of are as follows:

  • You need to spend $800, but it can be in multiple transactions
  • The flight must originate in the US, and the purchase must be in USD
  • The terms don’t indicate that you actually have to book a flight, bur rather that it needs to be a valid purchase on delta.com, and can include things like airfare, upgrades, baggage fees, SkyClub memberships, etc.; while it’s not explicitly stated one way or another, it seems to me like a Delta gift card should qualify as well

Let me once again emphasize that this offer is targeted, so not all accounts will be eligible.

The ideal situation is that you have this offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee), since it offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines. I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of an 8.5% return on spend right there.

When you add up both the $160 statement credit and 5x points, you’re potentially looking at some very nice savings. I wasn’t targeted for this offer, but Ford was on his Platinum Card, so you can bet we’ll be taking advantage of this.

I continue to be so impressed by how much value Amex Offers adds to Amex cards, as in many cases these offers alone more than justify the annual fees on cards.

Were you targeted for this offer, and if so, do you plan on taking advantage of it?

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Comments

  1. Be really careful with Delta gold credit card with American Express. I signed up in April. I got the first 50,000 miles that the offer said. It also said that if you spend a certain amount within 6 months you would get 10,000 miles. They refuse to credit me for those 10,000 miles even though I have met all the requirements.

  2. Bet it’s targeted so people who don’t fly Delta often or who don’t have it as their designated airline for the $200 fee credit. Probably Delta trying to capture flyers loyal to other airlines.

  3. I keep missing out on this. I was targeted for the last Delta Amex offer (think it was $100 for $500 spend). When I finally did make a Delta booking it was already finished. Now I actually have another delta booking I want to make but I’m no longer targeted….

  4. I took advantage of this offer last year and used it to book first from SFO/bze for $150 more than coach. I

    Not targeted this time around.

    Over the past 12 months amex has been only targeting me for offers I’m unlikely to use. I’m not sure if this is strategy, lack of strategy, or poor campaign development.

    The only real value I’m getting is the centurion lounge, 5x on airfare and that retarded prime day promo was sweet.

    Won’t be renewing my Platinum but will get an everyday card as I’ve seen a ton of value by paying with points or rather one point.

  5. Hey David, You might be right. Amex had the same offer last year and I was targeted. I used it to fly SFO BZE. I almost never fly Delta with SFO being my primary Airport.

    I did fly Delta once more afterwards and the experience was do bad I only used one leg. Haven’t flown Delta since and was not targeted this time. It would probably take a better offer to get me on a Delta flight.

  6. Can anyone confirm if buying a gift card works? Or otherwise, do you know if there’s a way to make a ticket more expensive? (That probably doesn’t get asked much, lol.) I was targeted for the offer on my PRG and as it so happens I need to buy a ticket from LAX to PVG but the cost of a Premium Select ticket on that route is… $796.

  7. Great…just spent $5k on bereavement tix last week, this sure would have been a nice add on to save a little on that trip…

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