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Delta Gold Card Statement Credit
I just got the Delta Gold Skymiles card. It comes with a $50 statement credit after first delta purchase. If I buy Skymiles using the credit card, is that purchase eligible for the statement credit?
I think so, but that’s a really horrible rate for miles, which I wouldn’t generally recommend.
Agreed, better to buy a DL gift card.
I plan on buying 2K miles for what $70 + tax which ends up costing me $20 since I have no other plans to pay to fly Delta and getting that credit. That’s a penny a point.
I guess if you’re never flying Delta ever again, then maybe getting miles makes sense. However, I wouldn’t be able to justify that math. Given that the option exists to get a $50 gift card (which never expires, can be used for taxes and fees on award tickets and can be used for any DL flight) your true cost is $70+taxes for 2000 miles which is an awful rate not even considering what DL is doing to the value of skymiles and risk of devaluation.
Hey [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER]. Think we agree to disagree on this one. $70 is horrible for 2K miles, agreed. But $20 is great. And that is what I’m spending. Sure I could get a gift card for $50 and use it to pay the taxes. But what if the taxes and fees are only $23.50 on the one flight I will ever use Delta Skymiles for? Then I have a gift card with no use. Also, let’s say I need 70K points for a one way to Europe, like on KLM which is probably my target (fees are $5.60). I have 53K skymiles. My bonus, spend and 2K I bought. So I need to transfer 17K. Let’s say I only have 17K to transfer, I’m good. But if I didn’t buy the 2K points then I’d have to buy them from AMEX for 2.5 cents each or $50. We’re slicing pennies here so it’s kind of comical. Anyway….
hi [USER=9]@Mark[/USER] S, I will agree that a dire need for miles to top off an award booking might be another sound reason to buy miles in addition to never planning to fly DL but in general most people would still be better off with a gift card. Agreeing to disagree sounds good! 🙂
For most folks you are right. My biggest dilemma is if I want to use the points on the DL A350 new business class and wait until sometime in 2028 when they release saver rewards or go with KLM when I could wait for a Flying blue promo or do something crazy like VN A350 or 787. Skymiles has some interesting carriers, Aeroflot, Garuda and Virgin as well. We’ll see.