American Express currently has a 60,000 miles sign up offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card. That is, if you’re a current SkyMiles account holder. If you have not received this offer in the mail, check here to see if you’re eligible. If you are not a current SkyMiles account holder but are interested in the Delta 60k miles offer, simply create a free SkyMiles account and then follow the link above to see if you’re eligible.
Delta 60K Miles Offer
This offer earns a whopping 60,000 Delta SkyMiles after spending $1,000 in the first three months and is significant because the current Delta SkyMiles Gold Card sign up offer, otherwise, is a mere 30,000 miles. In either case, however, you’ll also earn a $50 statement credit after making any Delta purchase within that same timeframe. If you do not have a Delta flight within those three months and are not booking one either, I’d suggest purchasing a Delta gift card. Just make sure that the transaction is made directly through Delta.
Delta SkyMiles Gold Card
The Delta SkyMiles Gold Card is issued by American Express and, therefore, falls under Amex’s generous SCRA umbrella. Basically, if you’re active duty military, fees (including annual fee) are waived and interest rates are lowered. The latter should not be of any interest, however, because we don’t pay any credit card interest anyway, right?
The Gold Card is Delta’s bottom tier SkyMiles credit card, but comes loaded with everything you need if you’re a new, or even seasoned, Delta Airlines frequent flyer:
- First Checked Bag Free
- Priority Boarding
- 2 Miles per dollar on Delta purchases, 1 Mile per dollar everywhere else
- Miles don’t expire
- 60,000 (or 30,000) bonus miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
- $50 statement credit after making first Delta purchase in 3 months
- $0 annual fee the first year, $95 thereafter (without SCRA)
- Discounted Delta SkyClub access for up to 2 guests when traveling with Delta
- 20 percent discount on in-flight purchases
- No foreign transaction fee
- Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) Waiver when making at least $25,000 in purchases in a calendar year
With the exception of the current sign up bonus, these features are more or less on par with those of the competition. But there is one notable difference between Delta SkyMiles and miles of other frequent flyer programs: Delta SkyMiles don’t expire. Most other programs (i.e. American Airlines AAdvantage, United Mileage Plus) at least require some sort account activity within a given timeframe to prevent miles from expiring.
My Application Experience
I took advantage of the Delta 60k miles offer that came in the mail earlier this week and applied for the card. I’m generally a bit cautious when it comes to airline credit cards, simply because I prefer the flexibility I receive earning points, not miles. Credit card points are also generally a bit more valuable, not to mention the earning potential of cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred over that of most airline credit cards, including this one. Moreover, being an active duty service member, I get to check two bags for free with most domestic airlines simply by showing my military ID at check-in. This eliminates probably the biggest incentive that airline credit cards have to offer.
However, not only does American Express waive my annual fee, the Delta SkyMiles Gold Card also has some very useful perks that I do not get otherwise. In addition, a 60,000 SkyMiles sign up offer does not come around every day.
I applied online and after a longer than usual application review period (took at least a minute), I was asked to provide additional information about my personal assets and employer. This made me a bit nervous because I had never encountered that before with any of my American Express applications. On the very next screen, my suspicions found validation and I was presented with the dreaded “7-14” message. Basically, my application required further review and I’d receive a decision, by mail, within 14 business days. I immediately called American Express and asked to speak to “New Account Services”. The Gentleman on the other line asked me to confirm some information and then, thankfully, congratulated me on my approved credit card application. Unfortunately, he was unable to expedite my new card delivery (always ask for this upon approval, the worst they can say is “no”). American Express is known for outstanding customer service and they did not disappoint this time. The person on the other line was very professional and got me a decision in no time at all.
The current Delta 60k miles offer makes the American Express Delta SkyMiles Gold card even more desirable than usual. The card offers many time and money saving benefits to the frequent traveler and comes with a fairly low annual fee. Backed by American Express’ renowned customer care, owning this card becomes virtually hassle-free. Particularly for active duty service members, this current offer is an absolute no-brainer.
Have you taken advantage of this Delta 60k miles offer or are you already a SkyMiles credit card customer? What is your take on this entry level Delta SkyMiles card?