50,000 Delta SkyMiles Get My Attention via Increased Sign-Up Bonus

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I don’t pay a ton of attention to Delta both because their flights aren’t usually helpful for me as a Houston based flyer, and because their frequent flyer program isn’t fantastic for many of my purposes.  However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in the Delta program from time to time.  I’ve easily ignored the 30,000 or 35,000 mile Delta Amex sign-up bonuses I have seen in my inbox over the years.  However, today’s offer of 50,000 miles on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card after making just $1,000 in purchases in the first three months got my attention.

I can do a lot with 50,000 miles, or use it as a starting off point and add to it by transferring Delta miles from the Amex Membership Rewards program at a 1:1 ratio (more if a transfer bonus comes back).  This offer also comes with a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with the card within the first three months.  There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 in subsequent years.

Since Amex personal offers now state that “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product” then you really better be darn sure you are pulling the trigger when the offers are at their highs, or you are really leaving points on the table.  The business version of this offer says that Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product within the last 12 months.

Both are limited time offers available until September 8, 2014.  I’m personally going to sit on this one a bit and think since I just pulled the trigger on a limited time United card offer, and I am still finishing up the spending on the now defunct Citi Advantage Executive 100,000 mile offer.  I don’t want to get overwhelmed with too many new cards at once, but this is certainly an offer worth considering as the public offer hasn’t been this high in a while.


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  1. There is quite a bit of availability to Australia via Skymiles fro next summer. Booked RT LAX to/from Brisbane in Business class for next June for 160K Skymiles plus $126. Been trying to find a way to use up the Skymiles I had accumulated over the years and this pretty much did it.

  2. Hi. I have the no-fee blue Delta Amex. Do you think the gold is a “different” card so that I would get the bonus? Thank you!

    • P.S. I called Amex, and the rep said that I can still get the bonus for the gold card because I don’t have that card, even though I do have the “classic” blue card.

  3. I don’t trust Delta for 1 second. If this deal is too good you can expect they will find a way to devalue it soon. Delta is the most evil of all the US airlines.

    • It’s already been devalued, people are grasping at straws if they’re getting excited about 50k Skymiles. It’s a decent proposition for the Platinum if you can use the MQMs, but for the Gold there was a 70k offer available awhile back.

      • I got it with the 75,000 points offer a while back. The miles have just been sitting there in the account waiting for me to ever find a flight with availability. They don’t expire, so if an award seat is ever released, the miles will be ready.

    • I have flown UA and DL in the past year. There is no significant difference between them, at least in coach. Both have extra legroom seats and they are both very inconsistent in regards to IFE.

      • The facts simply do not back you up. DL has done (dramatically) better in every metric: cancellation rate, on-time performance, lost-baggage rate, customer satisfaction rate, etc. As for IFE, DL is upgrading its planes but, in the meantime, you can access the IFE movies/games using your own laptop/tablet connected to the plane’s wifi. This is free and is offered on every plane in the fleet without IFE (except the 50-seat RJs but those are rapidly disappearing from the DL fleet anyways).

  4. I’ve had the gold personal for about 17 years. I’m thinking of jumping on the business card. Different products, right? As re bonus.

  5. I live in ATL so clearly a Delta hub, and 95% of our trips are flown on Delta. My husband flies them internationally for work often, and we really like them, even with some of their changes to their skymiles program recently. I wish we both didn’t have this card already or I would try for another 50.000 points!

  6. I have the Delta business platinum which has a $195 annual fee. My husband has it as well. He called a few months ago and they gave him $150 credit towards the annual fee. I have called twice and they won’t budge. The free companion certificate and fee checked bag is nice but the annual fee is steep. I will be honest, I haven’t used the card much because I have so many other great cards that earn a whole lot better. I had the personal card many, many years ago. Guess I am not eligible for the personal card again?

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