Update: This deal has expired. All links refer to the original 30,000 mile offer.
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For a limited time enjoy 50,000 bonus miles – 20,000 more than the standard amount – when you apply for the American Express Delta Gold credit card by September 8. As I mentioned before with the 45,000-mile offer, this is one of the best airlines credit cards out there, especially with Delta Airlines offering one-way flight awards beginning in 2015. Here are the full details:
- 50,000 Delta Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
- 2 points per $1 spent on Delta Airlines, 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
- $50 statement credit with Delta purchase
- $95 annual fee (first year waived)
- First bag checked free; Priority boarding
- Approval difficulty: Moderate (~675+ credit score with decent income)
- Churn status: Awful (once per lifetime of applicant)
50,000 Delta miles by spending only $1,000 is a considerable deal and immediately is a top five credit card deal, especially in the airline space. The biggest drawback is my last bullet point above. American Express announced in May of this year that a person is only able to obtain one bonus per card in his or her lifetime, which is a major blow.
If you were ever to use that one bonus though, 50,000 Delta miles is about as good as it gets in today’s credit card landscape. Other particularly useful aspects of the card is the low required spend and the ability to acquire both the personal and business versions of the card – provided you have never owned the Delta Gold in the past.
And, if you are a frequent flyer of Delta, then the priority boarding, first bag free and two points per dollar spent could be relatively valuable, especially if you like to stick to one card. The final benefit: as I alluded to at the beginning of this post, some pretty good news came out earlier this year about changes to the Delta Airlines program in 2015, including one-way awards.
As for approval, I’ve outlined this in the standard offer but it bears repeating: applying to American Express is difficult, but not quite as hard as Chase or Barclays. While my FICO guess of 675+ for approval is just that – a guess – I should remind you that this database tracks credit card approvals and can paint a rough picture of what to expect.
If you do utilize that tool, I’d recommend looking at the average scores for approval, rather than the outliers. For example, there is one example of an applicant getting approved with a credit score of 601, which is hard to believe and in my opinion not a good indication of being approved. Anyway, food for thought.
Application links and other useful information is below:
Personal: 50,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
Business: 50,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
Application support line: 1-877-399-3083 (personal & business).
Click here for the American Express contact page.
Disclaimer: Photos credit to American Express.