If you are one of the few people who’ve held out for the Delta Gold card from American Express, well good for you. American Express limits sign up bonuses to ONCE per lifetime, per product. If you’ve been patient, now is a great time to jump on the opportunity.
— 60,000 Bonus SkyMiles after spending $3,000 in 120 days (pay bills with Plastiq.com)
— $100 Statement credit after making a Delta purchase within 120 days
— $95 Annual fee waived the first year
— First checked bag is free (for up to 9 people in your reservation)
— 2 miles earned on Delta purchases – 1 mile earned on all other purchases
How to get to offer
The standard “public” offer is for 60,000 miles + $50 in statement credit. Fortunately, there is an improved offer available giving you an extra $50, thanks to MTM.
Much like the Alaska Airlines credit card, this improved Delta offer requires you to make a “mock” booking. Just go to Delta.com, find a flight paying with cash, and continue the booking process. You will be prompted at the bottom of the screen with a credit card offer (60k points + $100)
In my experience, purchasing a Delta gift card online will trigger the $100 statement credit to post from American Express.
Once you see the credit card offer, click “Yes I’d like to apply now for a Card and then complete my booking”. Doing so will open a modal window to submit your application. Remember, you can only receive the Delta Gold Credit Card offer ONCE in your lifetime. If you’ve ever received the bonus for this card, doesn’t matter the offer at the time, you will not receive the points.
What will 60k points get me?
Many people will be interested in a redemption to Europe. You can fly round-trip in economy from the US to Europe for 60,000 SkyMiles one-way. Delta does not charge fuel surcharges when flying on Delta metal. The only fees you will pay are the departure fees of the respective country/city. ($200 from London/$55 from Amsterdam, for example)
Another good redemption is for flights within Mexico. You can fly on domestic (intra-Mexico) flights for 10,000 SkyMiles one-way in economy. This is a great option if you live near the border and can easily cross into Mexico.
If your plans keep you within the US, you can fly select short-haul routes for as few as 5,000 SkyMiles one-way. For example, I found some flights this summer and fall from Phoenix to Northern California for 5,000 SkyMiles one-way. That is a great redemption as the cash price is typically around $120 one-way.