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

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

Million Mile SecretsCredit Card Updates:  45,000 Miles Delta [Expired], 1 Free Flight + 10,000 Miles Virgin America & US Airways UpdateMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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 Barclaycard 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.   Barclaycard US Air Card Drama Update

In addition to the 35,000 mile Barclaycard 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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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.

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

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?

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

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?

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Million Mile Secrets

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

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.

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!

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@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.

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