December 15th, 2010

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Update: The Card Match tool is no longer loading the 45,000 mile offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles card. The current offer is 30,000 miles after $1,000 in spend within the first 3 months plus a $50 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within 3 months.

Update: Citi deal no longer available.

I love me a “no-fee for the first year + hefty sign-up bonus” credit card offer and while this offer pales in comparison to the a-mazing 75,000 American Citi cards, it’s still not bad. Simply spend $3,000 in the first three months and you get 45,000 Skymiles, plus there is no fee for the first year.

At a very minimum, 45,000 Skymiles can be used to take $450 off the price of any flight using the Pay With Miles feature, or can be redeemed for a first class domestic award. While the Delta award search engine is buggy, 45,000 mile awards can still be done, especially close to departure.Even if you aren’t a Delta flyer, having miles on multiple carriers is like having an insurance policy in case you need to book a trip and your primary carrier has no availability.

Some other things I like about Delta award tickets:
-2 stopovers or a stopover and an open jaw on international flights
-Stopovers on domestic flights
-Domestic award travel upgrades at your Medallion window for Platinum and Diamond Medallions
– No last minute redemption fees compared to $75 on US Airways, $50-$100 on American and $75 on Continental.
– Lots of options going to Europe (redeem on partners Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Czech, Aeroflot, Air Europa and Tarom).
– Lie flat business class seats on a lot of flights (including almost all London flights)

Negative things about Delta awards:
– Three award tiers= triple the ways to gouge you for points
– Wacky delta.com award search engine
–  No centralized tool to check partner award availability
– No one-way awards
– Very high surcharges on foreign originating itineraries (for ex. JFK-CDG-JFK may be $100 in taxes vs $350 CDG-JFK-CDG)
– Not many options to South America/Africa

Overall, every airline has its positives and negatives. but when you are presented with essentially free miles- you should take advantage of it!

Tip of the hat to TPG reader Glen who brought this deal to my attention. Keep the tips coming, people!

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.

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