Last Call for 50,000 Delta Amex Offers

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Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

As a reminder, American Express is offering some increased welcome bonuses on their co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards.

Per the application pages, these offers are all valid through tomorrow, September 8, 2014, so if you’re interested in one of these cards I would jump on the increased bonus.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • 50,000 SkyMiles after making $1,000 in purchases within three months
  • $50 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

  • 50,000 SkyMiles after making $1,000 in purchases within three months
  • $50 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Card from American Express

  • 50,000 SkyMiles after making $1,000 in purchases within three months
  • 15,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles
  • $100 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $195 annual fee

Why would I want more SkyPesos?

You might not, and if you’re already earning hundreds of thousands of SkyMiles per year through the Suntrust Debit Card or other methods then I don’t blame you.

As a relative matter though, I’ve found that Delta SkyMiles have become more valuable over the past couple of years. I’m finding them particularly valuable for travel to Europe and Australia, and once you understand how Delta prices award tickets you can get much more value from the program.

Korean Air A380 business class bar – a possible SkyMiles redemption

Also keep in mind that starting in January it will be possible to redeem SkyMiles for one-way awards at half the cost of a roundtrip. They’ve even published the new award chart from North America, and not a lot is changing.

So while the changes for people who actually fly Delta are mostly negative, the 2015 SkyMiles program is actually an improvement if you’re simply earning miles through credit cards for redemptions on partner airlines.

Can I get this bonus if I’ve had a Delta SkyMiles card in the past?

As far as the terms of the offers go, the following are listed for the two personal versions of the offer:

If we identify you as currently having an American Express® Card account, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer. This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.

While the following is listed for the business version of the offer:

Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product within the last 12 months.

In practice I’m not sure to what degree they’ll be enforced, but those are the rules…

I already have one/two/five American Express cards. Can I still apply?

Nowadays you can have a maximum of four American Express credit cards and four American Express charge cards.

It doesn’t matter whether they’re personal or business, so that means you can have four American Express business credit cards, or two American Express personal credit cards and two American Express business credit cards. Split it up however you’d like.

Can I apply for both the personal and business versions of the Delta Amex cards?

These are all considered separate products, so you should be eligible for the bonus on each of these cards, assuming you haven’t had them before. So if you’ve never had any of these cards, you’re theoretically eligible for all of them.

However, American Express typically won’t approve multiple applications in a day. It’s fine to apply for two cards in a day, though they may only process one after waiting a few days. So just don’t expect to be approved for multiple cards in one day.

What kind of a Delta purchase is required for the statement credit?

All versions of this offer come with a $50-100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within three months.

So what kind of a purchase would qualify for the purposes of fulfilling that requirement and earning the statement credit?

For example, the section about the statement credit for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express reads as follows:

One statement credit for $50 will be issued to your Card account after a Delta purchase is charged to your Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership starting from the date your account is approved. In rare instances, your period to make your Delta purchase may be shorter than 3 months if there is a delay in receiving your Card. Also, purchases may fall outside of the 3-month period in some cases, such as a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date you made the transaction. (For example, if you buy goods online, the purchase date may be the date the goods are shipped). Purchases to meet the spend requirement include those made by both the Basic and Additional Card Members on the Card Account. Purchase must be made directly through Delta. A purchase may not qualify for the statement credit if it is submitted under a merchant code that has not been categorized as a Delta merchant code as of the date of the purchase(s). Credit will be issued as a Card Member statement credit approximately 8-12 weeks after your first Delta purchase. Additional Card Members on your account are not eligible for this offer. To receive the $50 statement credit, your Card account must be active, in good standing, and not in default at the time of fulfillment. For questions regarding your Card account, please call the number on the back of your Card. If your application is not received by 9/8/2014, you will not be eligible for the $50 statement credit offer if your application is approved. American Express reserves the right to modify or revoke offer at any time.

Based on those terms it doesn’t seem like you actually have to purchase a Delta ticket, but rather just have to make a purchase coded by Delta. So an on board food or beverage purchase should qualify, as should purchasing a Delta gift card (which can be for as little as $50).

Bottom line

Don’t get me wrong, the SkyMiles program still sucks in many ways — redemptions are insanely complicated, domestic availability is crap, and I don’t necessarily trust the people running SkyMiles.

But if you can earn fast and burn fast then I think Delta SkyMiles are still worth accruing.

Given that you can also transfer points over from Starwood Preferred Guest and American Express Membership Rewards, it’s pretty easy to accrue SkyMiles relatively quickly or top off an account, which certainly mitigates the risk.

With the low minimum spends this is an easy 100,000+ miles, so I don’t think there’s a compelling reason to not get these cards.

That’s particularly true if you’re looking at premium cabin travel to Europe, as 100k Delta SkyMiles will open up many more options for you than say, 100k American AAdvantage miles will (and there are better uses for AAdvantage miles than transatlantic travel anyway).

I’ll be applying for these cards this afternoon myself.


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  1. If I was only looking to apply for one of these would you recommend applying for the platinum since I would get the 15,000 mom plus a statement credit, even though the fee is a bit more and not waived?

    Thanks! I only currently have a aa Mastercard and currently fly delta a bit more and have silver via as status match so wondering if it’s worth my while to get one of these cards.

    Thanks lucky!!

  2. @ Steph — If you are going for status then I definitely think the Platinum Card is worth it. Otherwise I’d go with the Gold Card, if you don’t think the 15K MQM bonus will get you to the next status tier.

  3. Wondering about $50.00 statement credit. If I buy a Delta gift card what can I use that for besides flights from Delta? Is there any other way to get credit? Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the reminder Ben! Received the personal card through your affiliate link a few weeks ago and just got approved for the business card!

  5. After Delta allows one way awards in 2015, do you think any of their partners will allow their miles to be used for one-ways on delta? I am thinking of both Korean Air and Virgin Atlantic (both from chase UR of course 🙂 )

  6. Hey!
    Have you ever considered going to Qingdao? It’s a cool city and the InterContinental Qingdao is great (i speak from personal experience.) I would love to see your reaction of visiting there, and it would give you a great opportunity to fly China Eastern!

  7. Lucky: Just paid you back for the pizza you bought me (and all the other attendees) at Advanced FTU Chicago with a successful application via your links. Keep up the good work. Daniel M

  8. @ anon — Highly unlikely, given that those carriers don’t just require roundtrip award for travel on Delta, but rather for travel on most of their partners.

  9. @ Andrew — Can’t say I’ve ever given it much thought. Thanks for the recommendation, though, will consider it at some point.

  10. What if I applied for one of these CCs on 8th but I’m approved let’s say on 10th? Would I still get the bonus? I have no way of calling recon line in case I’m not instantly approved.

  11. At least you finally included this “If we identify you as currently having an American Express® Card account, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer.”

    However, that sentence doesn’t belong under “Can I get this bonus if I’ve had a Delta SkyMiles card in the past?” It has nothing to do with that category, and someone who has not had this particular card might very well skip over that paragraph.

    It very much belongs under “I already have one/two/five American Express cards. Can I still apply?”
    Strange that you put that very important statement where it is irrelevant, and omitted it where it most definitely belongs.

  12. I applied for the Delta Gold card a few weeks ago, was approved and have met my minimum spend. I even called Amex and made sure that I have not had this product in the past (I didn’t have record of it but wanted to make sure). They told me that I did not have it before and I was eligible. My statement closed a few days ago and I got credited for the 1000+ miles but not the 50000 mile bonus. I would like to know other folks experience on the bonus miles. When do they typically post? I thought they would post right away.

  13. Guess what Lucky? It hit my account last night. I am so excited! So happy that is one of those I won’t have to follow up with. Thanks for all that you do. 🙂

  14. The description of the account credit for a “Delta purchase” still seems fuzzy to me. One can sort of imply that the only things available in that category are specific purchases of Delta services, such as gift cards, annual wi-fi access, purchase of points, etc. etc. However, in the disclaimer you cite above there is mention of the “merchant” and how the merchant is coded – so my question is who is this “merchant” if it is not Delta, and how do I find such a “merchant”? Must I be reading the in-flight shopping magazine and order from it (I can’t really do that while sitting in my living room, can I?).
    And secondly the juxtaposition of the two awards (50K points and $25credit) in the ad lead-in are translated by me to mean that these are two totally separate awards and are NOT co-required, i.e., one can qualify for either award, or both. To my spouse the quals translate that one must qualify for BOTH else receive neither! What is your translation (or experiences from your readers)?

    BTW – I recently qualified (online) for the AMEX Delta Gold card, even though I have had the card in the past (more than two years ago). My motivation for obtaining the card (besides the 50K points) was to protect my current FF points from expiration. I fly so little and very rarely on Delta so that the only way to add points to my Delta FF account was to rent a car on a vacation trip and have (Hertz,National,etc) credit their bonus points to my Delta FF account.
    I just went through the expiration scramble with Avianca (two years inactive) and now that I’ve gotten the new card from US Bank and re-started the expiry calendar for the “LifeMiles”, Avianca and US Bank are parting ways! And Avianca has not found a bank in the USA to partner with – so unless I go to Central or South America, my LifeMiles will die anyway!

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