Credit Card Updates: 45,000 Miles Delta [Expired], 1 Free Flight + 10,000 Miles Virgin America & US Airways Update

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[Disclosure:  Emily and I get a (possible) commission for the link to creditcards.com.  The links to the Virgin American and US Air cards are better than my affiliate links.]

1.   45,000 Mile Delta American Express

Million Mile Secrets reader Jake (thanks!) emailed me about a possibly targeted Delta American Express card for 45,000 miles.

You get 25,000 miles after your first purchase and another 20,000 miles after spending $5,000 within 6 months.  Spending $5,000 for an extra 20,000 Delta miles seems a bit high to me, but this could be worth it for some.

  • Step 1:   Click on this link to see your exclusive offers from creditcards.com
  • Step 2:  Enter your name and address, but you can leave your social security number blank.
  • Step 3:  You will see offers including the 50,000 point American Express Premier Rewards Gold & the 45,000 mile Delta offer.  The card application page took a few minutes to load for me.

If you don’t see the offer, try using a different browser, a private browsing session, or clicking on “Clear Results” at the bottom of the screen.  I don’t expect this to last long, so good luck!

Note that you don’t have to enter your social security number in the box on creditcards.com.  If you do enter your social security number, it won’t be a hard inquiry unless you apply for a credit card.

The terms say: “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months or any other Consumer Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card account within the last 90 days.”

I know from personal experience (post coming soon!) that American Express expects you to have cancelled the card at least 12 months ago to get the bonus again on the same type of airline or hotel card.  However, you should be able to get the bonus again if you have the business American Express Delta card.

I’d take screenshots of the application page if you do decide to apply.

2.   1 Free Flight + 10,000 Virgin America Miles

Update: Offer has expired.

I wrote earlier about a Virgin America card with 20,000 points which was better than my affiliate link offering only 10,000 points.  Well, here’s another offer for 1 free flight and 10,000 Virgin America points.

However there is lots of fine print around the “free flight” which has to be used by July 11, 2013.

You get a promotional code for the free round-trip flight only after spending $1,000 within 3 months.  The terms say that it could take 4 to 6 weeks to receive the email with the promotional code and that you have to book the free flight on virginamerica.com.

There are black out dates, and you have to book your flight 14 to 21 days in advance.  This offer gets you the same sign-up bonus and free ticket if you are approved for either the Platinum or Signature version of the card.  I wish Barclays would make that standard across all their cards!

As always, I’d take screenshots of the application page if you do decide to apply.

 Here is an except from the terms and conditions: “This offer is valid only for nonstop or connecting travel; offer is not valid for any multi-city itineraries. Travel must occur between February 19, 2013 and July 11, 2013. Blackout dates are March 29, April 1, May 24, May 27, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 4, July 6, July 7, 2013.

Tickets require advance purchase of 21 days before travel to/from JFK, BOS, FLL, MCO. All other routes require advance purchase of 14 days before travel. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Cardmembers are responsible for taxes and applicable fees.”

3.   Barclays US Air Card Drama Update

In addition to the 35,000 mile Barclays US Air credit cards, with the annual fee waived there is also a 40,000 mile version, but with the $89 annual fee not waived (thanks bdheini!).

And webazoid, View from the Wing explains how to potentially apply for a 40,000 mile version, which does waive the annual fee.  All of these offers are better than my affiliate link of 30,000 miles with the annual fee NOT waived.

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23 Responses to Credit Card Updates: 45,000 Miles Delta [Expired], 1 Free Flight + 10,000 Miles Virgin America & US Airways Update

  1. I am very curious about how they match your credit cards just based on your name and address~~~ My results and my wife’s are so different!

  2. does AMEX Delta have business card with the same 45K miles deal? Thanks

  3. Fortunately, I got two Barclays US Airways cards when they had the 40k with first purchase offer. My parents also got 3 between the two of them. And two of my cousins got one! But my family and friends are not done yet with these cards! So thanks for sorting out which offers are available with details. :)

  4. I can’t seem to find any details about where the promotional flight w/ Virgin America is good for. Do you know of any restrictions on where you can fly with it? Domestic only I’m assuming?

  5. @Jesson – Were there any juicy offers!? I checked for Emily and her family and it was the same 3 offers.

    @liw5215 – Not that I know about.

    @The Miles Professor – You’re welcome!

    @Jeremy H – It is domestic only. Check the terms and conditions for more details!

  6. Darius,
    The last Delta consumer card I held was the Delta Platinum, closed on Jan 9 2013. It sounds like I am ineligible but was hoping you could confirm. Thanks in advance!

  7. Sorry, no juicy offer~~ My wife’s is the same 3 offers. However, my results are a bunch of “low interest”, “student” or “prepaid” credit card, which may be because of my low credit score (Karma Credit 680). I am just wondering how they match you based on your name, interesting!

  8. Just tried to submit several times without SSN and it wouldn’t work. Once I input SSN…worked. The Delta offer shows as described above.

  9. Great find on the Virgin America!

  10. can you buy some CVS Vanilla reload cards or other gift cards with the Delta Am Ex and have those buys count toward the minimum spend? Then the minimum spend would be fairly easy to hit. Anyone know? Hilton Am Ex will be cutting out the ability to do this as of May 1st.

  11. I cannot find the link for step #1
    Step 1: Click on the banner to creditcards.com above

    When I go from google to creditcards.com I cannot find the deal for Delta 45,000

  12. @James C - Unfortunately, that is my interpretation as well.

    @Jeffrey - Yes, you can do that with both the Delta and Hilton cards. The earning rate on the Hilton card reduces in May, but it should still be possible.

    @Paul – Click the banner ad to creditcards.com in this post and then follow steps 2 through 4.

  13. Why do these offers show up just weeks after I have finished my last AOR? :) This and the 100K Ax MR offer did the same thing to me! Not cool, AX!

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  15. Today I cancelled a long held USAir credit card (originally a BoA Visa…turned World Elite MasterCard). How soon will I be able to apply again? I asked for a retention bonus and they offered a measly 1k! Don’t mind the annual fee because the perks are worth that, but would sure like to find one of the 10K annual bonus offers…are they gone with the wind? Thanks, really enjoy your blog!

  16. @Amy – I believe that Barclays will not issue the new American Airlines card, so I wouldn’t count on the 10K annual bonus. I believe the 35K versions of the Barclays cards do offer the 10K annual bonus.

  17. How long do you have to wait from when you canceled the US Airways card? I initially received the card in November 2012 and canceled it in February.

  18. Is the Delta Am Ex 45,000 point deal still going? i followed the instructions in the article, but when I go to card match and click on “apply here” I go to a page that says “You are being directed to American Express’ secure application”. However, nothing else happens. it never connects to American Express or takes me to an application page. I’ve left the webpage run for hours and it still says “You are being directed to American Express’ secure application”.

    Is this deal closed?

  19. @Steve – It worked for me! Perhaps try a different browser?

  20. I signed up my wife for the 35,000 miles with $750 spent offer because that was the best I could find. A week after we got the card AmEx sent a targeted offer in the mail for 50,000 miles with $1,000 spent. I called to see if they would let her do that 50K offer instead and they said no. Does anyone have any experience with getting AmEx to switch?

  21. @Steve R - AMEX doesn’t let you switch offers, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

  22. Darius – I followed the link in the blog post to creditcards.com and am offered the 45,000 mile delta amex offer. However, when I click on the Apply Now link and am redirected to the American Express site, the offer changes to 10,000 miles after first purchase. Any idea why this might be? Thanks.

  23. @Nick – Try logging out of your AMEX account when you apply and using a different browser.

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