Update on the American Express 5,000 Point Bonus with $100 Delta Spend

Jul 28, 2011

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This morning I posted about an American Express/Membership Rewards bonus of 5,000 Amex points for every $100 in Delta spend. The online registration form did not allow me to register, so I figured I wasn’t targeted. Most of you met the same fate.

However, I was tipped off by my friend The Frugal Travel Guy, that by calling, they might be able to manually register your account, so I figured “it couldn’t hurt to ask!” (my favorite line with Amex!)

Phone call 1
Friendly rep put me on hold said I was indeed eligible and gave me a 9 digit RSVP code and told me to do it online. She confirmed that this bonus was for each $100+ Delta purchase with no maximum and it started July 15. Wow – awesome. Stupidly, I hung up and went to use my RSVP code and I noticed that the online site requires a 14 digit RSVP code and mine did not work.

Phone call 2
Friendly rep puts me on hold for a solid 5 minutes. Comes back and confirms that there is no way to register for this bonus and it is open to everyone. She states that the 5,000 Amex points will post automatically 6-8 weeks after the qualifying spend. I just spent ~$300 on Delta flights yesterday and she confirmed I would get the 5,000 points and she notated my account just to make sure. I asked her about earning the bonus multiple times and she seemed to think it was a one time bonus, but admitted the T&C were unclear.

So, if you have a Membership Rewards enrolled card (Platinum, Premier Rewards, Gold, Green, Corporate), it can’t hurt to give a call to the number on the back of your card and ask them if you are eligible for Bonus ID 6760. If so, make sure they notate your account, because I have a feeling these points will not post automatically (though Amex is usually good about that).

Please share your experience in the comments section. Happy Thursday!

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