Save $1,000+ on Flights to Mexico & the Caribbean With The Limited-Time Delta Credit Card Offers

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INSIDER SECRET: You can stretch your Delta miles even further by taking advantage of the regular Delta SkyMiles Deals, which have featured huge discounts to just about everywhere, including the Caribbean and Mexico.

There are plenty of wonderful places to travel to in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, the US Virgin Islands and Cozumel. You can visit these warm weather destinations (and many more) using Delta miles.

If you don’t have Delta miles, the limited-time Amex Delta credit card offers are worth considering. These increased welcome bonuses will only last until August 15, 2019:

These Delta credit card offers are enough to make your Jamaican vacation dreams come true. (Photo by Lucky-photographer/Shutterstock)

Cheap Flights to Mexico & Caribbean Destinations

Delta offers flights to great destinations like:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • Cancun
  • Cozumel
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guadalajara
  • Jamaica
  • Panama City
  • Port-Au-Prince
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maarten
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Virgin Islands

1. Book 2+ Round-Trip Award Flights to Cabo

Some folks might consider a trip to Cabo instead of Hawaii. It’s much closer and just as beautiful.

Depending on your travel dates, I found round-trip, Basic Economy flights from Los Angeles to Cabo for 16,000 miles +$94 in taxes per ticket. So with the bonus from either of the Delta Platinum card offers you could book 3 round-trip flights, which would cost 48,000 + $282, but you’ll get $141 back (50%) if you make the purchase within the first three months of opening the account.

These exact same flights cost ~$308 a ticket so you’d be getting $924 in airfare and paying $141 in taxes, which leaves you with $783 in net savings and you’d still have $359 in Delta rebates remaining.

2. Easily Save to $1,000+ on Winter Travel to the Bahamas

There is no official Delta award chart. But you can still find great deals on award flights, especially if you have flexibility with your travel dates.

For example, the cheapest round-trip award flights from New York (JFK) to Nassau, Bahamas during the current award sale are for 14,000 Delta miles plus ~$113 in taxes and fees (available for winter travel). But the cheapest flights around the same time cost ~$300 if you paid in cash. So by booking an award flight, you’re saving ~$243 per ticket ($300 cash price – $113 in taxes + ~$56 in rebates if booked within the first three months of account opening).

With the biggest 50,000-mile bonus you could book three of these flights and save ~$729 and you’d still have ~$329 in Delta rebates remaining.

But even if there isn’t an award sale, you can find round-trip flights for 24,000 miles (plus ~$113 in taxes) that would normally cost $335. If you earn the one of the bigger bonuses you could turn those miles into two round-trip flights and save ~$557 and have $387 dollars in Delta rebates remaining after you pay the taxes ($670 in airfare – $226 in taxes + $113 in rebates if you book in the first months of account opening).

3. Save $600-$1,000 on Any Flight Using Pay With Miles

If you have any Gold, Platinum or Reserve Delta credit card you’ll have access to the Pay With Miles feature which allows you to use Delta SkyMiles to pay for a flight. With this feature each Delta mile is worth 1 cent toward Delta flights and you must pay in 5,000-mile ($50) increments.

When you combine Pay With Miles with the Delta statement credit available on the current increased Delta card offers you can easily save $600-$1,000 off any Delta flight with no blackout dates because the bonus miles you earn are worth $300-$500 in Delta flights and the 50% Delta statement credit are worth up to the same amounts.

The key to making this strategy work is to meet the minimum spending requirement on your card as soon as possible so you earn and can spend the Delta miles within the first 3 months of account opening. This shouldn’t be too hard because the minimum spending requirements on these limited-time Delta card offers are relatively small ($1,000-$3,000) and I’ve found that Amex intro bonuses post to your account shortly after you meet the minimum spending requirement.

Even though the terms say that your welcome bonus will post within 8-12 weeks of meeting the spending requirement, it often posts in a matter of days. I recently had the bonus on The Platinum Card® from American Express post shortly after I met the minimum spending requirements. If you’ve met the spending requirements for you Amex card and the bonus hasn’t posted, then try paying your bill off to see if that will trigger the bonus to show up in your account.

Looking to Earn Extra Delta Miles?

Earning a welcome bonus with the limited-time Amex Delta offers might be all you need to travel to a destination in Mexico or the Caribbean. But if you’re looking to use miles for other flights, you might look for more ways to earn extra Delta miles, which never expire.

Amex limits you to earning the intro bonus on a specific credit card to once per lifetime. But the personal and small business versions of each card, and the Gold, Platinum and Reserve versions, are each considered different products. So if you’ve had the personal version, you’re still eligible for the business version. Or if you’ve had the Gold, you can still earn the bonus on the Platinum or Reserve.

For extra Delta miles, you can also transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Delta at a 1:1 ratio. Keep in mind that you’ll pay a small excise fee of 0.06 cents per point (up to a maximum of $99). Or transfer Marriott points to Delta at a ratio of 3:1. When you transfer in increments of 60,000 Marriott points, you’ll get a bonus of 5,000 Delta miles.

Bottom Line

If you’re planning a getaway to a destination in Mexico or the Caribbean, you can save money on flights by taking advantage of these limited-time AmexDelta credit card offers:

You don’t have much time left to apply, because the deals go away August 15, 2019.

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Jason Stauffer was a writer for Million Mile Secrets where he covered points, miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels and general travel. His work has appeared in The Points Guy and NextAdvisor.

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