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American Express and Delta are out with four limited time offers for the Delta SkyMiles American Express credit cards (personal and business versions), good until November 9, 2016 – and available via untargeted, public application pages.
If you are looking for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, a 50,000 mile offer is back, though it’s not quite as high as the 60,000 miles some were targeted for earlier this year, but the Platinum SkyMiles Card is available at an all-time high of 70,000 miles. Here are the details.
This deal is also available for the Business version of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card
This deal is also available for the Business version of the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card
There’s no increased bonus for the Delta Reserve Card, which is still at just 10,000 MQMs and SkyMiles as its introductory offer.
Warning: You can only get a bonus once in your lifetime for each individual card. So if you’ve had a Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex before, you can’t get the bonus again for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex. But you could get it for the Business version of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex, or any of the Platinum versions if you haven’t had any of those cards before.
For the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, 70,000 miles plus the MQMs is a great deal that beats the 60,000 miles that typically comes and goes as a limited time offer.
The Gold Delta SkyMiles 50,000 mile + $50 offer is also a very good deal, but you can get the 50,000 miles + a higher $100 statement credit by going through the booking process on Delta.com. Just search for flights, pick a flight, and when you get to the page with the itinerary details, you’ll see the offer with a $100 statement credit. You don’t need to enter any personal flight information or buy a ticket to take advantage of this offer. Just go through the process of searching for a flight until you get to this page.
Some people have also been targeted for a 60,000 mile offer on the Gold card with the first year annual fee also waived, and some as high as 75,000 miles, so this isn’t the very highest deal that’s been made available recently.
You can check to see if you’re targeted for that deal (which we don’t think is still active), or another offer by entering your SkyMiles number at DeltaAmexCard.com.
Or, if you got an offer code in the mail you can check it at GetAwayWith60k.com – but you’ll need the code from your mail there – the DeltaAmexCard site lets you check without a special code.
Remember, the 60,000 deal was a selected targeted offer, but the public 50k is still a pretty solid deal compared to the usual 35,000 mile offer.
Both the Gold and Platinum SkyMiles cards offer a free first checked bag for you and up to 8 people on your reservation on Delta flights, along with priority boarding.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles card adds a companion certificate when you renew your card each year that lets you bring a companion along for just the cost of taxes and fees on a domestic Delta flight once a year. It’s valid only on the cheapest Delta fares, and you have to wait a year to get the certificate, but if you’re flexible it can save you hundreds of dollars.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles card also offers the ability to earn Medallion Qualification Miles on top of the award miles.
In addition to the sign on bonus, you earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 10,000 SkyMiles after you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, plus another 10,000 Medallion and regular SkyMiles when you spend $50,000 on the card in a calendar year.
You can’t use Medallion Qualification miles to book award flights, but they can help you earn Delta Medallion status which offers perks like upgrades and early boarding. You need 25,000 or more Medallion Qualification Miles from January – December to earn Medallion status.
You might also think SkyMiles aren’t worth your time.
Yes, if you haven’t earned more reliable mileage currencies like Chase Ultimate Rewards / United MileagePlus yet, you should focus on earning those first.
But if you already have miles in a bunch of accounts, or have a SkyMiles balance you want to top off, this deal is worth considering.
60,000 Delta miles still reliably gets you a roundtrip to Europe during the summer in Economy Class, even though Delta no longer uses a published menu of award prices. An award like this can save you $1,200 or more in airfare.
And with only a $2,000 spending requirement for these deals, you can earn the miles quickly and lock in your award while prices still look good.
SkyMiles are useful around getting to Europe in Business Class without surcharges, though for flights in 2017 they are charging 140,000 miles roundtrip, up from the 2016 rate of 125,000 miles. The upshot is availability is good on Delta and its partners Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, and KLM, so you can find awards at this price even during the middle of the summer.
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