Update: Just 2 weeks left to get the strongest public Delta signup offer that we’ve ever seen.
Originally posted on 08/12:
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Through 09/08 the signup bonus on the Gold and Platinum versions of the Delta card has been increased to 50,000 miles on each card for spending $1,000 within 3 months. “This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”
Previously the Gold card offer was 30,000 miles and the Platinum card offer was 35,000 miles. The Gold business card also has a 50K bonus.
On the Gold card you’ll also get a $50 statement credit for making a Delta purchase within 3 months of getting the card.
On the Platinum card you’ll get a $100 statement credit for making a Delta purchase within 3 months of getting the card.
The Platinum card also awards you 15,000 bonus Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) for spending $1,000 within 3 months. It also awards 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after you spend $25,000 or more in purchases on your Card in a calendar year and an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after you spend $50,000 or more in purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
The Platinum card also comes with an annual free domestic companion certificate that is useable by anyone. “Payment of the government taxes and fees ranging from $28.20 to $69.20 for itineraries with two to four flight segments is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.”
The Gold card is free for the first year and is $95 afterward. The Platinum card is $195 per year and the first year is not waived on that card.
Delta miles aren’t my favorite, but they do have their uses. The best of which is the 160K round-trip business class award to Australia which has excellent availability thanks to partner airline Virgin Australia. If you’re an overwater bungalow fan you can even stop off for free in Tahiti along the way to Australia on Air France or Air Tahiti Nui which fly nonstop between the US and Tahiti.
Delta is also one of the only airlines that allows a free stopover on domestic tickets, so you can fly to 2 different cities on a single 25K award…assuming you find availability
Delta currently has a 3 tier award system (low, medium, and high). Effective 01/01/15 Delta is moving to a 5 tier award system which additional tiers coming in between each of the existing tiers.
Some awards will get less expensive, currently a “low” round-trip to Israel is 85,000 miles but in 2015 it will be 40,000 miles each way.
If you actually want to collect Delta miles you’ll do better spending on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express as 20,000 Starpoints transfers into 25,000 miles on dozens of airlines, including Delta or Delta partners like Air France and Alaska.
The exception to that spending rule is for purchases on Delta which earn double miles and for purchases on the Platinum card if you can hit the $25K or $50K spend threshold bonuses.
Additionally if you are gunning for Delta medallion status then spending $25,000 on Delta cards in a year will waive the requirement to spend a minimum amount on Delta flights to earn that status ($2,500 for Silver, $5,000 for Gold, $7,500 for Platinum, and $12,500 for Diamond if you don’t spend $25K in a year across all of your Delta cards).
But the card is good for the signup bonus and it’s good for the benefits it comes with.
Both the Gold and Platinum cards allow you and up to 8 companions on your reservation to check a bag for free and have priority boarding so that you’ll have space to stow your carry-on baggage as well.
Both cards have no foreign transaction fees.
Delta cardholders can also access SkyClubs for just $29 per person and they get a statement credit for 20% back on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, movies, TV, video games, and headsets.
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