Targeted new member bonus: Earn 50% more miles with Delta SkyMiles Dining

Sep 9, 2019

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There are a variety of ways to boost your SkyMiles balance — from Delta credit cards, to flying, shopping and even eating. Delta’s newest promo is targeting members who are new to SkyMiles Dining by offering 50% bonus miles when you sign up between now and Oct. 31, 2019.

If you’re not familiar with SkyMiles Dining, it’s a completely free program that allows you to earn miles when you dine at participating restaurants. All you have to do is sign up and connect your preferred credit card. This is also a great opportunity to double dip across programs. For example, if you have the American Express® Gold Card that earns 4x on dining, you can earn American Express Membership Rewards points in addition to SkyMiles. Better yet, you can instantly transfer Amex points to Delta at a 1:1 ratio, so you’ll easily be able to eat your way toward an award flight.

It’s worth noting that you can’t register the same card in more than one airline or hotel dining program. I recently discovered this dilemma when I thought I could simultaneously earn 2x on dining with my Chase Sapphire Preferred in both the Hilton Honors and American Airlines dining programs, but I was sadly mistaken.

Boosting your SkyMiles balance

There are a variety of ways to earn Delta miles, including Delta-operated flights, trips on SkyTeam airlines and various non-travel partners. However, one of the best ways to boost your SkyMiles balance to score a few free trips is by adding one of these cards to your arsenal:

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For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve Business Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card, click here.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card

This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
  • No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
  • Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
  • Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Low $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
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