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I May Finally Get a Delta American Express Card…

by on April 19, 2013 · 30 comments

in American Express, Cash Back Rewards, Delta Air Lines

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.

Update: The below offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex, Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Cash Everyday are no longer available through the Card Match Tool.

Offers expired: September 1, 2013

As I reflected in a post the other day, although I have shifted more and more of my travel and elite status strategy to other airlines, I still can’t give up Delta entirely, as much as I think I might want to at time. I have maintained Diamond or Platinum Medallion status for years at this point, but even when I was flying the airline more than I do these days, I never go a co-branded American Express card because I was able to retain elite status without them and most other benefits that the co-branded Delta Amex cards confer I get from elite status anyway.

However, I think I finally may break down and hop on a targeted offer that I received for the Platinum SkyMiles Amex that will let me rack up 40,000 miles and 35,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles this year (20,000 thereafter). Like I said, this is targeted, but check your email if you’ve received a similar offer. Mine expires April 28, 2013, so even though I just did a round of applications last month, I may tack this one on, especially since I know I’m eligible and the only rule on getting the bonus is: “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.”

My targeted offer

My targeted offer.

Details:
Earn 25,000 bonus miles, 5,000 of which are MQMs, after your first purchase on the Card. Earn another 15,000 bonus miles, 10,000 of which are MQMs, after you spend $1,000 on the Card in the first three months of Cardmembership.

Earn more miles:

  • Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent with no mileage cap
  • Earn double miles on Delta purchases
  • Earn up to 20,000 additional MQMs toward Medallion status each year by spending $50,000 in a calendar year with built-in Miles Boost

With the MQM-earning ability of this card just by spending (and the fact that you now must either spend a certain amount on the airline or on a co-branded credit card thanks to Delta’s half-shift to a revenue-based elite program a few months ago), having a Delta Amex card looks like it’ll be a necessity for maintaining elite status from now on.

Not that it’s all bad news. In fact, just as I was doing my soul-searching about mileage earning strategy this year and whether to fully commit to American or keep stringing Delta along, I needed to book some award tickets to Europe and found tons of availability on the airline and its partners in business class with relative ease, which reminded me about some of Delta’s better qualities (more on this in a future post).

Other Offers
American Express’s most lucrative offers are ones that are often targeted and not available to the general public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on them. Creditcards.com has a Card Match tool that allows you to see if you have any of these special offers targeted towards you. I just went on and saw three offers that that beat any public offers out there with points bonuses that are up to 50% higher – including 45,000 SkyMiles for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex when you spend $5,000 in 6 months with the $95 annual fee waived the first year vs. 30,000 miles on the public offer; 150 Reward Dollars for the Blue Cash Preferred after you make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership (current public offers is just 150 Reward Dollars); and 100 Reward Dollars for the Blue Cash Everyday card when you spend $1,000 within the first three months (instead of just 100 Reward Dollars).

To see if you are eligible for any of these offers:

1. Go to the Creditcards.com Card Match Tool:

The Card Match Tool will not pull a hard inquiry on your credit

The Card Match Tool will not pull a hard inquiry on your credit

2. Enter your information

3. You should be redirected to a page with the following four offers from American Express and can apply directly from there.

Offers

The offer of 45,000 miles is 50% higher than the current public offer.

The offer of 45,000 miles is 50% higher than the current public offer on this card.

1. OFFER EXPIRED – Up to 45,000 Delta SkyMiles for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express: The public offer out there on this card has been stuck at a measly 30,000 miles when you spend $500 in the first three months for a while now, but this offer beats that by 50%. You get 25,000 miles upon first purchase and 20,000 more miles for spending $5,000 within 6 months.

Blue Cash Preferred 25k

Why settle for 150 Reward Dollars when you can get 250 instead for spending the same amount of money?

2. OFFER EXPIRED – 250 Reward Dollars for the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express: The current public offer is for 150 Reward Dollars after you make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership. However, with this offer, you earn 250 Reward Dollars after you make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership instead – that’s $100 extra value, the equivalent of an additional 10% return on your spending.

Blue Cash Everyday 15k

Get 150 Reward Dollars instead of just 100 when you spend $500 in 3 months.

3. OFFER EXPIRED – 150 Reward Dollars for the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express: Here’s another 50% bonus above the current public offer. You get 150 Reward Dollars when you spend $500 within the first three months with this offer instead of just 100 Reward Dollars for spending the same amount if you applied just through the current links out there.

If you’ve been considering any of these cards, now might be the time to get in on them since these offers are higher than anything we’ve seen on any of them in a long while that hasn’t been targeted. The one sticking point for you might be that much higher spending requirement on the Gold Delta Amex, but given the revised Medallion qualification requirements that include either credit card spending or airfare spending that Delta has put in place, you might already be considering spending more money on the card or airline anyway.

There is also limited time offer for the American Express Business Platinum Card where you get 40,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months of card membership. If you apply for a business and personal American Express card in the same day you can receive both sign up bonuses although you will usually get 2 hits on your credit.

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  • http://twitter.com/notsosmartNY KJ Wojciechowski

    Oh how I wish I could qualify. 35K medallion miles? That’s just juicy. Good for you.

  • Eric

    I find I always get a message when I click through the card match tool that the AMEX system is not responding

  • jacisme

    The card match offers you’ve gotten have been there for me since the viral platinum day. I tried to draw attention to the 45k delta amex at the time but it wasn’t exactly the big news that day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericlipkind Eric Lipkind

    I find I always get an error on the AMEX website when clicking through one of the cardmatch results

  • Lively

    Where’s Frequent Miler on the blog roll?

  • Timothy H Price

    try using a different web browser. I find it won’t work with chrome but works with firefox

  • swheel27

    Doesn’t this card still include the companion certificate? I don’t see mention of it above, but I thought the benefit was still there for Platinum and Reserve versions of this card.

  • Guest

    It does, I just signed up for this same targeted offer in large part because of the companion certificate. You don’t get one the first year but upon renewal you get one each year.

  • thepointsguy

    We added some and he got bumped off by accident, but he’s back

  • boosterman

    “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.”

    Does that mean if I have Delta Reserve card, I can’t get on this promotion?
    It sounds like I need to cancel my Delta Reserve, wait 90 days and apply for Delta Platinum to get this offer… am I interpreting this correctly?

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.. I’d call Amex just to be sure

  • thepointsguy

    Yea we wrote about it then too, but now it is the best current public offer available for the Gold so it should be highlighted more

  • dave

    logon to your amex profile. then log off and it should work then. If not..also clear cache. I had the same prob too. Worse case, open card match tool in another browser.

  • boosterman

    I called them and they told me that I can’t get this promotion if I already have Delta Reserve :(

  • boosterman

    I called them and they told me that I can’t get this promotion if I already have Delta Reserve :(

  • boosterman

    I called them and they told me that I can’t get this promotion if I already have Delta Reserve :(

  • boosterman

    I called them and they told me that I can’t get this promotion if I already have Delta Reserve :(

  • boosterman

    I called them and they told me that I can’t get this promotion if I already have Delta Reserve :(

  • Gameboy213

    Is the reserve card actually better for possible MQM earning based on spend or am I incorrect?

  • sfomsp

    This page has a calculator that lets you see the MQM earning of the options…though doesn’t use this targeted 20k MQM offer in the 1st year calculation

    http://milecards.com/5170/delta-skymiles-credit-cards-ultimate-guide-and-calculator/

  • Gameboy213

    Thanks for that tip!

  • Santastico

    Went to http://deltaplatinumoffer.com and typed my Skymiles number and my last name and got the same targeted offer TPG got.

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  • Mark Garretson

    I was just approved for this card. Promotion of 50k miles if I spend $1000 in the 1st 3 months of having the card.

    Can anyone confirm if paying a friend through Amazon Payments or Venmo will qualify for $1000 spent?

    (Send my friend $1000 dollars through Amazon Payments or Venmo and then have them write me a check immediately)

    Please let me know if anyone has tried this or know for a fact it will work.

  • Elizabeth Ely

    I got the aforesaid measly 30,000-mile-bonus Amex card, and I believe it was “issued” on my date of application, July 15. So that means I have until October 15 to make my $500 of purchases to get the bonus. Too late to get these other offers, and I’m OK with that. My question is: They talk about “qualifying purchases,” but there is no definition of what “qualifying purchases” or qualifying vendors are. Can I spend this $500 anywhere?

  • baz

    Good Luck trying to use your free companion ticket.

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