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If you aren’t yet an airline mileage free agent scooping up the good bonuses wherever you find them, then I’d put that on the list of 2018 things to work on accomplishing as staying loyal to one program just because that is what you know best is likely is costing you some pretty good opportunities to travel more for less. I personally ignored the Delta SkyMiles program for far too many years and missed out on some good opportunities as a result. However, I have thankfully rectified that error and have since enjoyed some fun flights and great award deals on Delta, with more booked in the coming year.
In 2017, I got the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Amex when it had an increased 70,000 mile sign-up bonus, and while that publicly increased bonus has ended, I recently got a flyer in the mail saying that I can refer others to that same great bonus offer I got last year that awards 70,000 bonus SkyMiles and 10,000 elite qualifying miles if you put get approved and put $3,000 on the card in the first 3 months.
Link for my referral to the 70,000 mile Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex Offer – expires 1/31/18.
This bonus also awards a $100 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase on the card in the first 3 months. The increased bonus has a posted end date of January 31, 2018. I receive 10,000 bonus miles if you are approved using my referral.
If you have the card and want to try and refer others, head to Delta.com/Hurryto10k.
We are using some of the SkyMiles we got from that sign-up bonus to fly back from St. Kitts later this month, and still have some in the bank to use to fly Delta when they have their monthly award flash sales and select award prices drop to as low as 5,500 miles each way. I’ve honestly enjoyed my Delta flights on average more than those on the other US carriers that I frequent, and am looking forward to more flights with them this year.
This Delta Platinum card does carry with it a $195 annual fee, so it may not be the Delta card you want to start with as there are cards with lower fees. That said, it does also award a domestic main cabin round trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your card, so that does make the fee a bit easier to justify once you hit your first renewal date. The card also gives you a free first checked bag on Delta, provides a 20% discount on in-flight Delta purchases of food and beverages, and a few other Delta specific perks.
The terms indicate that the welcome bonus offer is not available to applicants who have or have had this product, though remember that each Delta Amex card is considered a separate product.
If you want to start the new year with an offer that will give you up to 70,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit if you hit the spending requirements, then you are in luck. I’ve been very happy with this card and my decision to start pursuing Delta SkyMiles a few years ago and I don’t see that strategy changing in 2018.
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