New 50,000 Delta SkyMiles Offer

The latest 50,000 mile/point offer to hit the street is the return of the 50,000 mile bonus from the Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express card. This bonus was around earlier this summer and we jumped on it then. Actually, there was a personal and business offer around at the time so I applied for both and received a total of 104,000 SkyMiles after meeting the spending. If you’re looking for a new card to apply for, this one is pretty good.

Here’s the offer:

  • 50,000 Delta SkyMiles after spending $2,000 on the card within the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee waived for the first year
  • $50 statement credit after making a purchase on Delta within the first 3 months
  • Offer expires November 17, 2015

DOMESTIC TRAVEL

Generally speaking, I’ve been pretty pessimistic about the value of Delta miles. Using the miles on Delta flights is really tough. They make award availability at the saver level pretty sparse and don’t make that fact transparent for infrequent travelers. Often those without experience redeem a whole lot of miles for domestic flights because they assume that that is the best they can do. So, do not apply for this card if you only fly domestically. There are other offers out there that will serve you better.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

But this card is pretty good for international travel. We applied for these cards in preparation for a trip to Morocco in the coming few years. For example, there is plenty of availability between Boston and Rabat and Casablanca on Air France, through Paris. Total travel of about 11 hours from Boston to Morocco is amazing. And there are four seats on a variety of days throughout the year. See this calendar view to Casablanca for four in April. 30,000 miles in coach each way is a steal! United charges 40,000 miles and American Airlines charges 37,500 each way. And their options aren’t as expeditious.

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There is also decent availability to South America. If your goal is Argentina, Delta miles are your best option since Delta partners with Aerolineas Argentinas. Availability is also great to Paris, outside of the peak travel season, due to the partnership with Air France as are award options to Asia with partner Korean Air. And options to Australia and New Zealand used to be great due to award availability on Virgin Australia, another of Delta’s partners. But of late, this availability has dried up. If it comes back, I’ll let you know!

Leveraging Delta’s partners for award travel makes this sign up bonus very valuable for anyone interested in international destinations. However, be prepared to have to connect yourself from your home airport to the international gateway city.  As I mentioned, domestic availability on Delta is awful. But even if you have to connect yourself separately, it could be worth it to take advantage of some of these great redemptions.

WHY HAVEN’T WE HEARD MUCH ABOUT THIS OFFER?

This offer has been out for a few days, but it has gotten very little coverage by other bloggers. I believe this is because the affiliate links that the bloggers receive from the banks to gain a commission on this card have not yet been distributed. If (when?) the affiliate links are received, rest assured, you’ll hear plenty about this offer! I have no problem with bloggers making money off of these links, but I do believe that if you rely on them for the most up to date offers, you may not be receiving the complete picture. That’s why you very rarely hear from bloggers about Capital One credit cards. They don’t receive a commission so they don’t provide any information. And I think that’s wrong. If there is a good offer out there and they really are trying to provide the best information to their readers, they should be reviewing all offers, whether they receive a commission or not. Some bloggers to do this. Most don’t.

Bottom line is that this is a great offer for anyone looking for international travel opportunities. For those of us who use Logan Airport for international departures, Europe and North Africa are especially lucrative because of the direct flights from Boston to Paris. There is great availability in coach on these flights, especially for families of four! We’re hoping to take advantage of this for a trip to Morocco in the coming few years.

With the 52,000 miles you’ll get after meeting the spending requirement and receiving the bonus, you’d be only 8,000 miles short of a roundtrip to either region. You could either buy those additional miles or spend $8,000 on your card over the course of several months and you’d be on your way. As always, if you have any questions or need any advice, don’t hesitate to ask!

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