Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
This offer has expired – see the latest info here.
This week seems to be secret bonus week with AmericanExpress.com.
While the biggest deal being reported is a 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card, there is also a deal spotted for 50,000 miles when you open a new Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card account. Plus, you get a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase within the first 3 months of holding the card.
To find the offer, visit the American Express card comparison page, and you may be targeted right off the bat. It appears to be targeted to visitors of the American Express website who don’t currently have accounts with Amex, and no history of logging in.
You’ll see the offer details when you scroll down the list of cards.
Should you get this?
There’s no annual fee the first year, and this is one of the highest we’ve seen for the personal Gold Delta SkyMiles card (it’s been as high as 60,000 recently). This deal is generally made available widely each year, so it tends to come and go often.
The 50,000 miles are worth at least $500 in Delta travel if you use the ‘Pay with miles’ benefit of the card, which lets you use miles as credit toward Delta flights, with no award space restrictions.
But the most value comes if you can find a way to use them for regular SkyMiles awards on otherwise expensive tickets.
Delta is changing its award system to move away from predicable prices for awards, instead tying them more closely to other factors like demand and cash airfare prices. That means it’s harder to predict how many miles you’ll need to save up for an award.
But for now there are still some great values to be had, especially if you’re trying to head to Europe next year with Delta’s partners like Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, and Air France / KLM.
What’s the catch?
With American Express personal cards like the Gold Delta SkyMiles card you can only get a bonus once in a lifetime for that particular product. So an offer like this is a good time to make it your first and only bonus, but if you’ve had the card before you’re out of luck if it’s still registering in the American Express system. Some people have had luck with accounts they cancelled a few years back not showing up in the system but there’s been no consistency to that.
With American Express small business cards, you don’t have to deal with the once in a lifetime restriction, but the business version of the card isn’t currently offering the 50k deal.
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