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Here are the latest updates on credit card bonuses over the last week.  The links in the credit card tab were updated as soon as I found a better offer (so that you don’t miss out on any miles & points!), but I’m blogging about it now.

1. 30,000 SkyMiles with the Gold Delta American Express

I don’t know why all the credit card websites have been buzzing about this 30,000 mile offer from Delta!

The best previous offer for the Delta credit card was also 30,000 miles(not 20,000 or 25,000 miles as has been mentioned elsewhere) after spending $1,000 ($500 in the current version) within 3 months.

I found that offer on Freefrequentflyermiles.com while researching cards for the best credit card bonuses tab.

The current offer gives you 30,000 miles after spending $500 within 3 months, but I wouldn’t recommend this card unless you are a regular Delta flyer who checks bags (you can check 1 bag for free with the card) and doesn’t have elite status.

Sure, you can get 2 miles per $1 spent on Delta, board the plane a little earlier than everyone else, and get 1 free checked bag  for up to 9 persons on the same reservation (when was the last time you traveled with 9 other people on the same reservation?), but the 30,000 sign-up bonus is very low and won’t get you very far on Delta.

Delta has 3 award tiers, low, medium, and high.  They say that you can use 25,000 SkyMiles for a domestic low award, but those awards are few and far apart.

If you recently applied for the 20,000 SkyMile version in the last 2 or 3 months,  you could call or send American Express a secure message and ask them to match the 30,000 bonus.

2.   50,000 Membership Rewards points with the American Express Platinum

Offer No Longer Available

Online Travel Review found a link to the American Express Platinum card which offers 50,000 Membership Rewards points for a $450 annual fee after spending $1,000 within 3 months.

This is MUCH better than the 25,000 Membership Reward points offer which I see on other websites and internet banner advertisements.

This is also better than the American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum card which also offers 50,000 bonus points, but has a $25 higher annual fee of $475.

This card comes with many benefits including lounge access to Delta Airlines lounges and a $200 credit to be used for travel incidental expenses.

You’re not technically supposed to be able to be able to to use the $200 travel credit towards gift cards, but there have been reports of low value purchases ($50) triggering a statement credit.  But your experience could be different.

Since American Express prorates the annual fee when you cancel, you could end up with 50,000 Membership Rewards points + $400 in airline gift cards + 4 months lounge access for $150 (if you cancel the card after 4 months)!

3. 50,000 AAdvantage miles + $150 statement credit+ 2 lounge passes with the Citi AAdvantage Visa or American Express

Citi has a new American Airline credit card offer which offers a $150 statement credit, in addition to 50,000 AAdvantage miles and 2 lounge passes.

However, you have to spend $3,000 within 4 months instead of $2,500 in the offer without the statement credit.

You earn the $150 statement credit when you purchase eligible items from American Airlines within 12 months.  You could purchase a $150 gift card from American Airlines, which would effectively be free since you would get a $150 statement credit!

Or you could buy something really cheap  (sandwich or a drink) on your next American Airlines flight or even pay to check in a bag ($25) just to get the $150 statement credit.

Don’t forget to use the 2-browser trick to get both the personal Visa and AMEX version at the same time for 100,000 miles!

I suspect that we’ll see larger Citi American Airlines offers after December 1 when miles earned from all sources stop counting towards American Airlines elite status.

(Hat Tip to Doug and the many readers who sent this my way!)

Here’s what the terms say:

The $150 will appear as a billing statement credit from Citi® after you make your first eligible purchase with the card within 12 months of cardmembership, for items billed by American Airlines as merchant of record. Products or services that do not qualify are car rentals, hotel reservations, American Airlines VacationSM packages, purchases of American Airlines AAdvantage® miles, duty-free purchases, and AA CargoSM products and services.

4.  25,000 points with the American Express Premier Rewards Gold

While returning from the Chicago seminars, I noticed a booth at O’Hare airport with a banner offering 25,000 Membership Rewards points for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold.

This is better than the current 15,000 point offer.  I’ve noticed a trend where lucrative airline and travel credit card offers debut at the airport first, and then make their way online.

I’m betting the sales commission on this card is high, because one of the sales guys grabbed my hand as I was leaving the booth and told me that it would be better to take care of the application now before I forget about it later!  I told him I’d sign up for no less than a 75,000 point bonus. 🙂

If you’re considering a Premier Rewards Gold card, you may want to consider waiting for a better offer than the current 15,000 point offer or the 25,000 point offer at airports.

Chase is offering 50,000 points on their Ultimate Rewards cards (Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Bold), and I suspect that American Express will have to increase their sign-on bonus to compete with Chase.  Unfortunately, I don’t know when exactly that will happen!

Please let me know of any better offers than the ones in the credit card tab, since I want to list only the best credit card bonuses!

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If you buy an AA gift card to get the $100-150 statement credit, then close your card BEFORE the statement credit is posted to your CC account, will you still get the statement credit, even though the card is closed? Or do you need to ensure the card is still open in order to get the statement credit?

@Mike, the entire blog is as-is and YMMV, @D doesn’t get any commisssion and he said already most people. nobody force you to apply for the credit card. WTF blame on @D.

Thanks, CMM. It’s been well over 20 months since I last opened the cards and I was still declined. The specific reason they gave me is that it hasn’t been a year since I closed my last card that had such an offer. It’s a shame to have gone through this and get a declined report on my credit score.

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@Mike – Thanks for sharing and sorry to hear you were declined. But I’ve always said that ~18 months you *may* be able to get the bonus again. I’ve been able to get the bonus again and many other folks have been able to get it as well. Often times, reps don’t have accurate information. The credit inquiry will show on your credit report, but there won’t be any mention that you were declined the card on your credit reports.

@CanadianMillionMiler – It is a very YMMV situation and sometimes things don’t work out. I got denied for the Citi AA biz card before finally getting it again last December.

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@Mike – Many on Flyertalk reported that they were able to get second set (Visa and Amex) of AAdvantage bonuses even while having the original set open. I think it’s a case of YMMV. However, from what I read, you are quite safe to get approved if you wait 20 months since you last opened your cards.

Just wanted to share that although it’s been over 2 years since I’ve previously opened a Citi card with the same offer (75k back then), I was just declined. It is NOT correct to tell your readers that it needs to be 17 months since you’ve opened such a card.

The correct information, according to the Citi rep I was speaking with, is that it needs to be 12 months or more since you CLOSED THE CARD (not since you opened it). Because of this incorrect info, I was declined on both the Citi Visa and AmEx offers (although I have great credit otherwise. Not cool, not cool at all, MMS!

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