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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

For the third year running, Delta’s pulling out all the stops to put its stamp on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Just a day after rival Alaska Airlines unveiled a Boeing 737-800 with Russell Wilson’s face on it, Delta has announced that its 12status fan program will return for the third consecutive year.

The battle for SeaTac supremacy has been waging for years, with many suggesting that Delta’s decision to create a hub at SEA the move that pushed Alaska Airlines to disintegrate its partnership with the carrier. For those who choose to side with Team Delta this fall, they’ll receive one mile for every Seahawks passing yard during regular and postseason games at home and on the road. Members will also receive Priority Boarding on all Delta flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during the 2018 season beginning September 4, 2018.

Delta’s looking to woo Seahawks fans with free SkyMiles this season

Tony Gonchar, Delta’s Vice President – Seattle, had this to say about renewing the 12status program: “We’ve awarded more than 140 million miles over the past two seasons, giving tens of thousands of 12s the opportunity to travel through our extensive global network from Seattle, and we’re excited to award millions more miles as we cheer on the Hawks this year.” We also learned that 12status members from past seasons have redeemed miles earned from the program (paired with miles earned elsewhere) to fly as far as Mauritius (MRU), which is serviced by Delta partner Air France.

Unfortunately, 12status is only open to Washington residents. If you’re a resident of the Evergreen State, you can sign up for or renew your 12status membership at to begin earning miles and using perks in Week 1 of the NFL season.

A few perks from signing up for the free 12status program in 2018
A few perks from signing up for the free 12status program in 2018

If you’re looking to add even more SkyMiles to your account, consider the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express or Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, each of which provides an additional 10,000 MQMs after reaching a certain level of spend. For avid Delta flyers, be sure to pore over our guide to choosing the best credit card for Delta loyalists.

Featured image of Delta’s SkyClub at SEA by the author.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
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