Update: This deal has expired. All links refer to the original 35,000 mile offer.
Click to apply: 50,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
American Express has another great offer for frequent flyers of Delta, this time with the Delta Platinum credit card. Earn 50,000 Delta miles by spending just $1,000 in the first three months and, unlike the Delta Gold offer, also earn 15,000 MQMs to help qualify for elite status. Here are the full details of the credit card:
- 50,000 Delta Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
- 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
- $195 annual fee
- 2 points per $1 spent on Delta Airlines, 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
- Companion ticket for any domestic flight (one per year)
- First bag checked free
- Priority boarding
- No foreign transaction fees
- Approval difficulty: Moderate (~675+ credit score with decent income)
- Churn status: Awful (once per lifetime of applicant)
The 50,000 Delta miles by spending $1,000 is exactly the same as the current Delta Gold offer, immediately making it a top five credit card dealin terms of overall miles earned. What the Delta Platinum also offers is 15,000 MQMs with that initial $1,000 spend, a considerable perk for frequent flyers of Delta that are hoping to earn (or maintain) status at the airline. 15,000 MQMs is already over halfway towards Silver status, which allows you unlimited complimentary upgrades for yourself and a companion when there is availability within 24 hours of your flight. Another big benefit of the card is the annual companion certificate for domestic flights within the mainland U.S. While you can expect to be charged certain fees for the booking, this is still a considerable benefit and can easily outweigh the $195 fee.
Speaking of the annual fee, this is clearly the biggest downside to this credit card deal - especially considering the fee is not waived for the first year. I always like to mention the American Express announcement that was made in May of this year as well, which stipulates that a person is only able to obtain one bonus per card in his or her lifetime. While the mileage earning community is unsure how effective American Express will be in enforcing this rule, it is a major blow nonetheless. But if you were ever to use that one bonus, 50,000 Delta miles is about as good as it gets in today’s credit card landscape - the next best offer was a 55,000-mile offer American Express made in early 2013.
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:
Click to apply: 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.