Targeted Delta 50,000 Mile Offer

Generally speaking, I’ve been really down on acquiring Delta miles. They tend to have horrible domestic availability and their award chart can be out of this world if you aren’t redeeming miles at the saver lever. And on top of that, they don’t publish an award chart. This makes it really difficult for novice mileage redeemers to know what their hard-earned Delta miles might be worth. Is 75,000 miles for a flight from LA to Cancun in coach a good deal (hint – no!)?

But, I’m warming up to them for a couple of reasons. One is that their partners (namely those airlines in the Sky Team alliance) have pretty good award availability. Now they aren’t necessarily the airlines that one dreams of flying on a once in a lifetime trip. But they’re ok. And they can get you from point A to point B. For example, getting to or from New Zealand is one of the hardest awards out there. There aren’t many airlines that serve New Zealand and those that do keep tight hold on those seats. However, this week I booked an award in business class for a client from Auckland to Detroit on a combination of China Southern and Delta flights. Now China Southern will not blow you away with their business class product, but it’s certainly better than coach and one of the only options to get business class into or out of New Zealand.

I’ve done two other bookings this week involving Delta miles to hard to reach places. One was a one stop option to Buenos Aires. This client had miles with many programs but it was Delta and their partners that had availability. And another client wanted to go to Cabo San Lucas for Cinco de Mayo and Delta was the only US airline that had saver level availability that weekend.

So, at least in our household, we’re giving them more attention. Imagine my delight when I saw this on Delta’s homepage this morning:

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When you click through, you have to enter your Skymiles number and your last name. I entered my husband’s account information (who has never had Delta Skymiles Amex) and up came the offer of 50,000 Delta miles after spending on $1,000 on the card within 3 months. That’s a crazy good offer. No joke. In the recent past we’ve seen the 50,000 mile offer come and go from Delta, but the spending requirement was higher.

The other benefits that come along with this card include your first checked bag free, priority boarding, and no foreign transaction fees. You also receive a $50 statement credit if you make a purchase on Delta within the first three months of card membership. All of this for $0 first year annual fee ($95 each year thereafter). It appears that you have a while to apply if this doesn’t fit into your immediate application schedule. The offer expires on January 26.

Out of curiosity, I checked the eligibility of two other family members who I know have already had the Delta Skymiles American Express and both accounts produced an error when entering the account number and last name. This was expected because American Express only allows you to have a given personal credit card once in your lifetime. But, you better believe that my husband will be applying for this card once we’re back from Australia.

And how do we plan on using these miles? Well, I may or may not have a roundish birthday coming up in the next few years. Being a twin, my sister and I thought it might be fun to invite family and friends to join us in the Caribbean for some relaxing fun in the sun. Delta just happens to be one of the airlines with better availability on this route and charges 17,500 miles each way in coach which is competitive with many other airlines. So, I’m pretty sure that we’ll be using some of these miles for that trip.

But another potential use will be to Morocco. Delta only charges 30,000 miles each way in coach between the US and Morocco. Other airlines charge up to 40,000 miles each way. And given that our preferred international airport is in an Air France hub, there is great award availability. Morocco is on our shortlist, but probably not before our trip to the Caribbean.

These are just a few examples of some great uses for Delta miles. Given how stingy I’ve found American and United of late, I think the timing of this Delta offer is great. And getting 50,000 miles for such a small spending requirement is really a great deal.

What are your favorite uses of Delta Skymiles? Are you as excited about this offer as I am?

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  1. I have had a Delta AMEX twice before, and I received this same targeted offer but with 60,000 miles, both via an email and via a flyer in the mail. The email link produced an error message, but the code on the flyer sailed right through with an instant approval… So they definitely allow you to take the promo more than once!

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