We devote thousands of hours of research to help you get Big Travel with Small Money. You support us by signing-up for credit cards through partner links which earn us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.
Update: This offer is no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
[I don’t get a referral for any of the links in this post]
1. 35,000 Mile Delta American Express Platinum Card. Thanks to the many Million Mile Secrets readers like Steve for writing in when they hear of higher credit card sign-up bonuses!
I’m always happy to update my links (even if the new link doesn’t pay me a referral) if there is a better publicly available offer for a credit card, because I want the Hot Deals tab to link to only the best credit card offers.
Steve (thanks!) sent me a link to the personal and business Delta American Express Platinum card which offers 25,000 bonus miles (5,000 of which count towards elite status) after your 1st purchase and an additional 10,000 miles (5,000 of which count towards elite status) after spending $2,000 within 3 months.
That’s 35,000 redeemable miles (which can be used towards award seats) and 10,000 miles which count towards elite status.
However, the steep $150 annual fee is NOT waived and there is a 2.7% foreign exchange fee.
This was clearly better than my referral link which offers only 25,000 miles redeemable miles (5,000 of which count towards elite status) so I removed that link and added in the new link which Steve sent me yesterday in the Airlines Credit Card Tab.
I don’t have this card and likely won’t get it until I run out of other cards to apply for. But this could be of use to those of you who either want additional Delta miles or want an extra 10,000 miles which count towards elite status.
For example, if you have 40,000 Delta miles currently, it could make sense to apply for the card and spend $2,000 within 3 months so that you get Gold status on Delta.
2. Targeted 40,000 Miles Delta Gold American Express (Up to April 22, 2012) & Public 35,000 mile offer. Emily and I both received emails with a link to a limited time offer for a personal and business Delta Gold American Express which offers 40,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months.
I clicked through to the link and it brought me to a landing page for a 40,000 mile offer on the Delta card. I pasted the link in a different browser and it went straight to the landing page for the 40,000 mile offer.
However, when I try now it goes to a landing page where you’re asked to enter in your Delta frequent flyer number, so I suspect that not everyone is going to get a 40,000 mile Delta offer.
The best current offer for the Delta Gold is 30,000 miles. I’ve got enough other cards to apply for, so I’ll be giving the Delta Gold card a pass. I’m spoiled and don’t get excited with 30,000 miles, and Delta miles are hard to use for domestic award flights.
Update: Thanks to sun_aa for providing a link to a public version of a 35,000 mile offer for the Delta Gold card!
Bottom Line: If you’re looking specifically for a Delta card, the increased bonus on the American Express Platinum may be interesting. And if you were considering the 30,000 mile Delta Gold card, it doesn’t hurt to check out your targeted offer or use the 35,000 version offer instead.