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There is a growing thread on Flyertalk about a 70,000 mile Gold Delta Skymiles Amex offer that comes with a total of 70,000 miles as a sign-up bonus. This is about double the typical sign-up offer for that card. As an added bonus, it also awards a $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first three months, and it has no annual fee the first year. Is this sounding too good to be true?
Well, there is a little catch. In addition to the fairly substantial spending requirement of $5,000 in the first six months to get the full bonus, it is an offer that is targeted to those who purchase a Delta flight. Unlike a somewhat similar very lucrative British Airways Chase offer that could be accessed before you actually purchased a British Airways flight, this one seems to require the purchase to go through before an offer may be displayed. Even then, it certainly isn’t a guarantee that you will receive this offer. You may receive a different offer, or potentially no offer at all. Update: Technically that is how it is supposed to work, however some enterprising folks may have found a workaround. Do some digging on the FT thread to find out those details.
If you have plans to purchase a Delta flight, be on the lookout for this tremendous offer right after you make your reservation on the Delta website. I’m not a huge fan of Delta miles, but 70,000 is a pretty impressive number regardless. I am assuming if you made a reservation and got the offer, only to realize that your plans had changed and you needed to cancel your flight, that the card and miles would still be yours to keep. I can’t speak from personal experience, but it seems likely.
I’d love to hear if anyone has been able to get in on this deal. Thanks to everyone on the linked FT thread above for sharing their experience with this as well!