3 New 50,000 (~$500+ in Flights) Mile Cards From AMEX!

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Update:   The American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal), American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (Business), and American Express Platinum Delta credit card offers in this post are no longer available, but check the Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Until September 8, 2014, 3 versions of the American Express Delta Airlines credit cards have an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after completing minimum spending.   Usually, the sign-up bonus on these cards is 30,000 to 35,000 miles, so this is a very good deal!

With the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, there is a limited time offer to earn 50,000 bonus miles after you use your new card to make $1,000 in purchases within your 1st 3 months.

And the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express has the same limited time offer.

For both cards, the $95 annual fee is waived for the 1st year.

And you’ll get 50,000 miles, including 15,000 MQMs (elite-qualifying miles), and a $100 statement credit with the same spending requirements on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.  The annual fee of $195 is NOT waived for the 1st year.

Delta SkyMiles Cards Give You an Increased Sign-Up Bonus for a Limited Time

As always, terms and conditions apply.

Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

1.   Limited Time Offer Ends September 8, 2014: American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Personal)

Link:   Limited Time Offer American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Personal)

You earn a $50 statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase and 50,000 miles after spending $1,000 in purchases with your new card in the 1st 3 months with the personal Limited Time Offer Gold Delta SkyMiles card.

This is a great deal because the usual offer is for 30,000 Delta Airlines miles.

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50,000 Delta Miles Is a Great Sign-Up Bonus!

You’ll also get your 1st checked bag free, priority boarding, and a 20% discount on in-flight purchases (food, drinks, entertainment) on Delta flights with this card.  Here are the terms and conditions.

Note:   If you’ve had a Delta SkyMiles personal card in the past, you can NOT get the sign-up bonus again.

But the terms suggest that you can get the bonus on the Gold Delta business card IF it has been 12 months since you last had the card.

2.   Limited Time Offer Ends September 8, 2014: American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Business)

Link:   Limited Time Offer American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Business)

Like the personal version of the card, you’ll get a $50 statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase and 50,000 miles after spending $1,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months with the business Gold Delta SkyMiles card.  This limited time offer ends September 8, 2014.  Normally, the sign-up bonus is 30,000 miles.

And you’ll also get your 1st checked bag free, priority boarding, and a 20% discount on in-flight purchases (food, drinks, entertainment) on Delta flights.  Because this is a business card, you also get access to American Express OPEN discounts.  Here are the terms and conditions.

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You’ll Get Extra Discounts With the American Express OPEN Program

3.   Limited Time Offer: American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card (Personal)

Link:   Limited Time Offer Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card

This limited time offer allows you to earn 15,000 MQMs (elite-qualifying miles) and 50,000 bonus miles after you use your new card to make $1,000 in purchases within your 1st 3 months.

You’ll also get a $100 statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase with the card.  The annual fee is $195 and it’s NOT waived for the 1st year.

Usually, the sign-up bonus on this card is 35,000 miles and no MQMs (although you can earn 10,000 MQMs after spending $25,000 in a year), so this is a very good deal!

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The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card Helps You Earn Elite Status Faster

You’ll also get a free 1st checked bag and priority boarding with the card.   Here are the terms and conditions.

Using Delta Airlines Miles

Delta miles aren’t the easiest to use, but with 50,000 miles redeemed before January 1, 2015, you could get:

  • 2 round-trip coach class tickets to anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 50,000 miles
  • A round-trip coach class ticket to Hawaii for 45,000 miles
  • A round-trip coach class ticket to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America for 35,000 miles
  • A round-trip Business Class or First Class ticket to anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 50,000 miles

You can use Delta Airlines miles to visit French Polynesia on Delta Airlines partners Air Tahiti Nui and Air France.  Emily and I used Delta Airlines miles to fly to Tahiti for our 2nd honeymoon.

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You Can Use Delta Airlines Miles to Fly to Bora Bora, French Polynesia

And Emily used Delta Airlines miles to celebrate her birthday in the Dominican Republic with her best friend.

Save Money on Paid Tickets With Your Delta Miles

Link:   Pay With Miles

The easiest way to use Delta miles is with the “Pay with Miles” feature.  You can redeem Delta miles at a rate of 1 cent per mile and reduce the cash price of your ticket.

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Delta Airlines Pay With Miles Lets You Use Delta Airlines Miles Towards Your Ticket Cost

If your ticket is less than $100, you have to redeem 25,000 Delta Airlines miles which is not a good value because you’re paying 4 cents per mile ($100 cost of Delta Airlines ticket / 25,000 Delta Airlines miles).

For tickets above $100, you can get $100 off your ticket price by redeeming 10,000 Delta Airlines miles.  You can also redeem 5,000 Delta Airlines miles to get $50 off once you’ve already redeemed 10,000 or more Delta Airlines miles.

A round-trip coach ticket from Austin to Chicago on October 17, 2014, costs ~$488.  This ticket is eligible for Pay With Miles.

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You Can Use Pay With Miles to Fly From Austin to Chicago

On the payment screen, you can select how many miles you want to pay to reduce the price of the ticket.

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You Can Use Miles for the Whole Ticket, or Select a Lower Amount to Reduce the Price

So you could redeem 50,000 Delta Airlines miles to pay for the entire ticket in Delta Airlines miles.

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50,000 Miles Will Reduce the Ticket Cost to ZERO

Or you could use 25,000 Delta Airlines miles to reduce the cash price to ~$238 (~$488 cash price of ticket – $250 for using 25,000 Delta Airlines miles).

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25,000 Miles Takes $250 Off the Ticket Price

So 50,000 Delta miles means that you will get at least $500 off on Delta flights!

Things to Know About Pay With Miles

1.   You Must Already Have Delta Airlines Miles

To use Pay with Miles, you have to:

  • Be logged into your Delta Airlines account
  • Have Delta Airlines miles to see the Pay with Miles option or you won’t see the Pay with Miles option
  • Have the Delta SkyMiles card

2.   You Can Use Miles and Cash

You can also pay for a ticket using a combination of miles and cash, BUT you have to use an eligible Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express.

3.   Only Delta or Delta Connection Flights Are Eligible

You can only use Pay with Miles on Delta operated Delta and Delta Connection flights booked through the Delta Airlines website.  So you could not use Pay with Miles on flights operated by Delta Airlines partners, like Alaska Airlines.

4.   Upgrades Are Limited

If you use Pay with Miles, only Delta Gold elite status, Delta Platinum elite status, and Delta Diamond elite status members are eligible for free upgrades.

5.   Earn Miles on First Class and Business Class Tickets

You will NOT earn miles on coach tickets when you use Pay with Miles.  However, you will earn miles on First Class and Business Class tickets using the Pay with Miles option.

Bottom Line

You can get 50,000 Delta Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in purchases with your new card within 3 months AND a $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase on the Limited Time Offer Gold Delta SkyMiles card (personal and business versions).  The business card offer expires September 8, 2014.

And, you’ll get 50,000 Delta Airlines miles, including 15,000 MQMs (elite-qualifying miles), and a $100 statement credit after meeting the same spending requirements on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card.

It can be difficult to redeem Delta Airlines miles, but Emily and I used them for our 2nd honeymoon in Tahiti.  And Emily redeemed Delta Airlines miles for her birthday trip to the Dominican Republic.  

You can also use Delta Airlines miles and Pay with Miles to reduce the cash price of your ticket.  And if you’re buying a First Class or Business Class ticket, you’ll earn Delta Airlines miles.

Will you apply for the increased sign-up bonus on these cards?  Which is your favorite?

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37 responses to “3 New 50,000 (~$500+ in Flights) Mile Cards From AMEX!

  1. Hi Darius,
    I’m still pretty new to miles so wondering if I already have the Skymiles personal Amex and get approved for the business Amex will I still get the sign up bonus? Or is it considered the same product and no bonus twice?
    Thanks!

  2. I’m curious, how is AMEX about signing up for biz and personal at the same time?

    @Dana They should be considered different products. At least I’ve never heard of a CC issuer allowing one or the other. AMEX has the SPG card and you can sign up for both the personal and business card and receive the bonus.

  3. I had a personal Delta Platinum AMEX card that I canceled in August 2013. If I apply for another personal Delta Platinum AMEX card in September 2013 I wouldn’t get the bonus because I had the card once in my lifetime?

    On the application it says: “You will not be eligible for the below offer if you have had this product within the last 12 months or any other Consumer Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card account within the last 90 days.”

    In the terms and conditions it says something different: “This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”

    Which am I supposed to believe? Would an AMEX agent be able to get me a reliable answer?

  4. I meant September 2014, not 2013…unless a time machine has been invented.

  5. Can you apply and receive both the personal($0/yr) and business card ($195/yr)? Is the only business option the one with the $195/yr or is there a free version?

    Thanks!

  6. I had the Delta card back in March 12, cancelling it in March 13. Do you think I would qualify for it again? Wasn’t sure what their rules were or how often you can apply for an American Express card?

  7. Amex went once PER LIFETIME, for all personal cards a few months ago. Applies only to that *exact* card though. So if you had the Delta Gold, apply for Platinum, if you had the Platinum, apply for gold – only if you’ve had both are you excluded from personal delta card bonuses. For BUSINESS cards the 12 month rules still apply, so you must have closed the card at least 12 months and one day before your application for the business card only.

  8. My wife just had a 3 card AOR last week that included the Amex Platinum Ameriprise. She had another 5 HPs earlier in the year. So far, she’s 8 for 8. Is this worth giving a shot, or do you think with the recent activity she’d be dead? (Real FICO is 800 +)

  9. Hello Darius,

    Thanks agsain for all the hard work you put in this website. I recently got the Delta Gold card w/ 30k bonus after 90 days, less than a month ago. Do you know the best way to contact AMEX with the intent of matching my offer to the 50K? Do you know of anybody having luck with this in the past, like Chase matching offers recently.

    Thanks,

    Zach

  10. One very major point is missing from this post. From the T/C in your link:

    “If we identify you as currently having an American Express® Card account, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer.”

    And they don’t really mean “may not”, they mean WILL NOT !

    If you have ANY AMEX issued card, say a SPG or a PRG, you can not get this bonus unless you cancel that card first. And note it doesn’t even say “personal” card, so if you just have a Business card, you still don’t qualify.

    They will of course give you the Delta card, they will allow you to pay the AF for the Platinum card, and they will surely allow you to make the minimum spend required for the sign up bonus on any of the cards.

    But I can tell you from personal experience, they won’t give you a single bonus mile. Even if a CSR told you that you qualify for the bonus, via phone or chat, and even if you can document that they told you that. They will simply say “Sorry, the CSR was mistaken”, and you will get nada.

    AMEX has clearly “lost that lovin feelin”. 🙁

    • @Zach Findley – I don’t beehive they will match offers.

      @Robert Hanson – AMEX has changed their policies and you can’t get the bonus again for personal cards. But the business cards have different terms and conditions.

      @ Steve – I can’t say for sure because it seems to vary by person/account history.

  11. Hi Darius, Could you please shed some light on the conflicting comments of TJ and Robert Hanson? TJ claims “Applies only to that *exact* card though. So if you had the Delta Gold, apply for Platinum, if you had the Platinum, apply for gold – only if you’ve had both are you excluded from personal delta card bonuses” and Robert Hanson says “If you have ANY AMEX issued card, say a SPG or a PRG, you can not get this bonus unless you cancel that card first. And note it doesn’t even say “personal” card, so if you just have a Business card, you still don’t qualify. ”

    Personally, I am hoping to apply for the platinum but earlier this year owned the Gold, which was canceled in May 2014. I also have SPG, Hilton, Costco, Wells Fargo, Ameriprise Platinum cards. I certainly am not interested in spending the minimum spend for naught!

  12. Question, I applied for the amex gold back in 2010 and I added my wife as a secondary user. If I remove her, can she apply for the Amex Gold and get the bonus?

    Thanks

  13. D: If we closed our Delta Gold personal card Nov 2012 would you advise us against applying for same card? I thought the new rule would apply on a move forward basis not for cards held in the past.

  14. Was hoping you could clarify – I have a Skymiles Gold AMEX. This means I am not eligible to get the 50k bonus for signing up for a Platinum card? Ugh

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  17. Does my Delta purchase have to be at least $50 to receive the $50 statement credit? Or can I buy a $5 drink on my next Delta flight and get $50 back?

  18. What qualifies as a Delta purchase? Can anything be bought online or their website qualifies?

  19. Can a $50 “Delta eGift\ certificate” from their website qualify towards the $50 statement credit?

  20. @DanielsDad Did you ever find out if a Delta eGift qualifies for the statement credit?

  21. you can even buy a $2.00 headphones or a $5.00 snack box from Delta on your next flight and you will still qualify for the $50 statement credit, and 20% off of your purchase, but it has to be within the 1st 3 months of opening the card.

  22. Hi Aida, were you given the $50 statement credit by just buying $5 snack. I thought Delta said this $50 statement credit only applies to purchasing a Delta flight, and a statement credit means that your purchase would have to be over $50 ? Can Aida or somebody pls clarify… Thanks !

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  25. What can one do when application is not instantly approved? I got the page that says we will get back to you within 14 days.

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  27. But would then I lose the 50K offer if I’m approved later?

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  32. I owe the IRS $9000. Can I pay it off with my American Express Gold and get skymiles?