If you’re still planning a summer vacation, then you may be able to get your flight for free through this credit card. American Express is offering a pretty stellar deal right now (especially for those fellow ATL-based fliers) for their Delta-branded Platinum credit card (sign up here).
*Note: if something inside of you jumps up at how this could affect your credit score, then relieve your worries and find out exactly what affects your score and how it does so on this previous post.
Until May 16th, customers who don’t currently have any Delta credit card can sign up and get 70,000 bonus Skymiles (leap for joy here) after spending $3000 in the first 3 months (read: $1000/month for 3 months).
Here are all of the card benefits in detail:
Delta Platinum Card Benefits:
- 70,000 bonus miles (after spending $3,000 in first 3 months)
- Annual companion pass (main cabin)
- $100 statement credit (after making a Delta purchase with card in first 3 months)
- Refer a friend: 10,000 miles
- First checked bag free (otherwise $50 per round trip flight)
- Medallion Silver, Gold, Platinum MQD exemption ($25,000 annual spend)
To put it in perspective, I first got this card at 65,000 miles, which was pretty phenomenal at the time. I do most of my regular spending on this card in order to get the MQD waiver for Medallion status in order to make it fairly easy to hit at least Silver Elite status every year (benefit #6 above).
How much does 70,000 miles get you though?
To get an idea:
Apparently enough to get you all the way to the beautiful beaches of Provence, France, this summer.
Is It Worth It?
If you are certain you will be able to use the benefits (especially annual companion pass) and are located near a Delta hub, then I would definitely say yes. Some of the marginal benefits I didn’t list above (no foreign transaction fees, in-flight purchase discounts, Zone 1 priority boarding) aren’t gamechangers for me but may be worth noting. If this looks like a good fit for you, feel free to sign up for the card using the link here.
On the other hand, if you are wary of the $195 annual fee that follows this card, then the Delta AmEx Gold card (50,000 bonus miles & $50 statement credit) may be your sweet spot at a $95 annual fee, which is waived the first year! Check out the benefits below, and, if interested, click here to sign up.
Gold Card Benefits:
50,000 bonus miles
$50 statement credit (after spending $2,000 in first 3 months)
First checked bag free (otherwise $50 per round trip flight)
Refer a friend: 10,000 miles
And if you’re still on the fence about getting either of these credit cards (which is 150% OK), these are my favorite credit card benefits that almost nobody mentions or talks about, many of which are included in both of these cards. I like to use these every chance I can in order to help squeeze out the maximum value each credit card has to offer.
Stay frugal, friends.