OFFERS EXPIRED! Last Chance for Up To 70,000 Delta SkyMiles OFFERS EXPIRED!

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DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED BELOW HAVE EXPIRED!

For the first time ever, the airline miles I think we have used the most this year in our travels are Delta SkyMiles. In fact, we used up every Delta mile that we had and then had to transfer in some more from the Amex Membership Rewards program. I never thought I would find myself doing that since for years I bought into the “SkyPesos” moniker for SkyMiles, but this year I have found that Delta has had the flights we wanted at the times we needed and for better award prices than what others had to offer on those dates. Not only were they good award values, but we have actually really enjoyed our Delta flights.

SkyMiles are far from perfect, but they have been very useful this year for our family economy award travel within the United States and even to the Caribbean. If you want to be ready with some SkyMiles in case they are the best option on one of your future journeys, know that today is the last full day to apply for the temporarily increased Delta Amex SkyMiles credit card offers before they end on November 8, 2017. Since we have grown so fond of SkyMiles my husband is even pulling the trigger on one of these increased offers today before he misses out on some easy Delta miles.

DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED BELOW HAVE EXPIRED!

All four of these increased Delta Amex sign-up bonuses are scheduled to end tomorrow, November 8, 2017. Terms apply for all of the offers.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months + additional 10,000 bonus miles after you spend an additional $1,000 in first 6 months + $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

 

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months + additional 10,000 bonus miles after you spend an additional $1,000 in first 6 months + $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

 

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.

 

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express: 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.

DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED BELOW HAVE EXPIRED!

If you are just starting out with the Delta Amex Cards I think the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card is a very good place to start since it gives not only a total of 60,000 SkyMiles after you hit the spending requirements, but it has an easy to swallow $0 introductory annual fee the first year, $95 in subsequent years. In addition, you can get the $50 statement credit with a Delta purchase in the first 3 months – and yes, Delta gift cards, award flight taxes, or even onboard food purchases work.

The small business version, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card, can be a very, very smart play as well since it has virtually an identical bonus and perks structure to the personal version, but it also shouldn’t count against you for the purposes of the Chase 5/24 rules. This is very likely the card that Josh will apply for today so that we don’t have to worry about changing up our 5/24 strategy with the addition of this card.

DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED BELOW HAVE EXPIRED!

If you have already had those cards, or you simply fly Delta more often and therefore place value on the 10,000 elite qualifying miles you can receive along with the 70,000 SkyMiles after you hit the spending requirement, then the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card or Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card are great choices. The personal Platinum has a slightly lower spending requirement, but again the small business version shouldn’t count against you for Chase 5/24 purposes.

The Platinum versions do carry a higher $195 annual fee, so they wouldn’t usually be the first Delta cards I would recommend for the occasional Delta flyer just starting out with SkyMiles, but 70,000 miles and a $100 statement credit with a Delta purchase is a very compelling offer even factoring in the annual fee.

Both the Gold and Platinum Delta Amex cards will give you and up to 8 others on the reservation a first checked bag for free on Delta flights, priority Zone 1 boarding, and discounted Delta Sky Club access for $29 per visit. However, the Platinum Delta Card also provides a pretty valuable companion certificate beginning with the first anniversary. The Companion Certificate is valid for one round-trip Main Cabin Companion ticket in L, U, T, X, or V classes of service with the payment of applicable taxes and fees within the 48 contiguous United States. Residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) must originate from there to the 48 contiguous United States and have an address on their SkyMiles account in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the USVI. Each year, the Companion Certificate will be made available for redemption on delta.com in your renewal month.

Be aware that the terms indicate that the “Welcome bonus offer is not available to applicants who have or have had this product.” However, they do view each Delta Amex card as a unique product. That said, there is also the term that states if they determine that you have engaged in abuse, misuse, or gaming in connection with the welcome bonus offer in any way or that you intend to do so (for example, if you applied for one or more cards to obtain a welcome bonus offer that was not intended intend for you; if you cancel or downgrade your account within 12 months after acquiring it; or if you cancel or return purchases you made to meet the threshold amount), they may not credit the welcome bonus, they may freeze the welcome bonus credited to, or they may take away the welcome bonus from your account. They may also cancel this and your other card accounts. In other words, get the card and keep it at least a year, and don’t do anything nutso.

I personally got the Platinum Delta Amex when the offer was at the 70,000 mile level this summer, and I plan on keeping it around beyond the first anniversary because of the companion ticket that I am sure we can put to good use. If that strategy indeed works well, I could see Josh going for a Platinum version in the future so that our family of four has access to two Delta companion tickets each year.

Atlanta Concourse B SkyClub

Flying Delta and Using SkyMiles

I’ve really enjoyed flying Delta a number of times this year both in the air and even in the gorgeous Delta Sky Club in Atlanta as shown above. Every time I flew Delta I was very grateful I had a Delta Amex and perks like priority boarding since I lack Delta status otherwise.

If you have a Platinum Card® from American Express remember that you can get complimentary admission to the Delta Sky Club for yourself with a same-day Delta boarding pass!

If you need a little more convincing that SkyMiles are great to have around, remember that in the last year they have offered 10,000 mile award flights to Alaska, 12,500 mile award flights to the Caribbean, and if you want something fancier, 99,000 mile round trips to Europe in business class.

I’ll keep my eye out for the next Delta reduced mileage award flash sale, and be sure to share the news when it happens. As for our own next Delta SkyMiles redemption, it is looking likely to be an award flight home from St. Kitts after a visit to the new Park Hyatt. Delta wants 2,500 more miles than American at 17,500 SkyMiles each way instead of 15,000 AAdvantage miles, but it will take just two flights to get home on Delta with a logical connection in Atlanta as opposed to the three flights and nightmare routing that American currently has to offer using miles.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Has your family been using Delta SkyMiles to get where you want to be for less? Which increased Delta offer did you decide was right for your crew?

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Comments

  1. I just logged into my Delta account and the 60,000 Gold and 70,000 Platinum offers were still available to me. For those still interested in applying, they should check their accounts.

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