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This year all of the big airlines have been offering lucrative intro deals on their entry level cards.
In August we saw a nice 50,000 mile deal for the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card, better than the standard 30,000 – 35,000 deal offered otherwise.
It returned for a week in December, but it is now no longer available. You can see the latest deal here:
And you can see the latest deal for the SkyMiles Business card from American Express OPEN here.
There is no annual fee the first year, and $95 after that. You also get a first free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 people on your reservation, and you don’t have to use your card to book the flight. In fact, you can even take advantage of this for holiday travel next week if you open an account right away.
What’s great about SkyMiles?
Read around the web and you’ll see a lot of negative things about SkyMiles.
But we’ve found them incredibly useful, and it’s hard not to like an intro deal this big. Here are some of the highlights…
Award space is easier to find. Delta recently changed its website to make it easier to see more of the award space you’re eligible to book. While not all partner options show up there, those from Air France, Alitalia, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Korean Airlines, and Alaska Airlines reliably show up. We have tips on using the new award search here.
Delta claims it will also be better about releasing award space at lower prices in 2015, though we’re not convinced of that yet.
You can book one way awards. Starting in 2015 you can book one-way awards for half the price of a round-trip. This is really useful so you can use miles from Delta SkyMiles for one direction of your trip, then choose another mileage program for the other direction, or simply pay cash. That makes your miles a lot more flexible.
They are some of the best miles for getting to Europe. We love using SkyMiles to get to Europe, even in Business Class. That’s because two of its partners – Virgin Atlantic and Alitalia – offer better award availability than most airlines to Europe. We recommend them more than American AAdvantage miles which can be tough to use without big fuel surcharges. And United usually charges a big premium to book partner airlines in Business Class.
You can see the full Delta award chart here.
Who can get this card?
If you’ve already had a Gold Delta SkyMiles personal card unfortunately you won’t be eligible for the personal offer again.
Though if it’s been a few years it’s possible you can still get it, as American Express’ system considers you a new customer for the card after an unspecified period of time (we think it’s longer than 2 years).
But if you’ve already had the Business card there are fewer restrictions. If you had a Gold Delta SkyMiles business card, but closed it more than 12 months ago you’re eligible to earn the deal again.
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