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Update: These offers for the Delta SkyMiles® Credit Cards are expired. Learn more about the current offer here.
Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express are expired. Learn more about the current offer here.
UPDATE: The limited time offers on the Delta Amex cards are expired, though the other information in this post is still relevant. You can find the best current credit card offers here.
This is a final reminder that the increased sign-up bonuses on the Delta American Express cards are being pulled midday tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. So if you’ve been considering applying, this is your last chance to do so. You’ll want to apply either today or early tomorrow to be sure you still get in on the offer.
As a reminder, we’re seeing 50,000-60,000 mile sign-up bonuses on the following cards:
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card From American Express
Details of the card sign-up bonuses
- 50,000 SkyMiles after making $2,000 in purchases within three months
- $50 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
- $95 annual fee, waived the first year
- 60,000 SkyMiles after making $2,000 in purchases within three months
- 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles
- $100 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
- $195 annual fee
As I’ve shown, you can quite easily apply for two of these cards same day, and earn the sign-up bonuses on both cards — for example, Ford was recently approved for both the Gold Delta Personal Amex and Gold Delta Business Amex.
As a matter of fact, he has already earned the sign-up bonuses on both cards, so he now has over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles.
Which cards would I apply for?
My strategy would be to apply for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card and Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card, each of which are offering 50,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $2,000 within three months. While the annual fees on both cards are $95, they’re waived for the first year.
Furthermore, on each card you receive a $50 Delta statement credit after making a Delta purchase within three months. You could potentially buy Delta gift cards for $50 in order to receive that statement credit.
That means if you spent just $4,000 between the Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card and Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card you’d receive 100,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles, plus $100 worth of statement credits after a Delta purchase. That’s pretty incredible for cards with the first year’s annual fee waived.
I value SkyMiles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me those 100,000 bonus SkyMiles are worth $1,300.
Why should you want Delta SkyMiles?
There are some great uses of Delta SkyMiles, especially for business class redemptions on partner airlines.
SkyMiles continue to be extremely valuable for business class redemptions to Asia on China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, and Korean Air, while they continue to be useful for business class redemptions to Europe on Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, KLM, Air France, and Air Europa.
For example, I recently redeemed Delta SkyMiles to fly China Airlines business class from Los Angeles to Taipei, which featured a fantastic business class product.
If you don’t want to deal with having to find available award space, SkyMiles can be redeemed for one cent each towards the paid cost of a ticket on Delta, which is a redemption many people like.
If you don’t have these cards already, I’d highly recommend applying. SkyMiles are great for business class cabin redemptions on partners. If you haven’t had any of these cards, I think the easiest strategy to take is to apply for the Gold Delta Personal Amex and Gold Delta Business Amex, given that they each offer sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles upon completing minimum spend, with a waived annual fee the first year.
Anecdotally I also find these cards are quite easy to be approved for, including the business version of the card.
So if you’ve been considering these cards, now is the time to act.