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200,000 Delta Skymiles in just one year

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Sometimes my brain hurts. I would love to know if it is just me that does this. What? Simply this: there is so much I assume everyone else knows. My wife sure tells me enough times that I need to tell her what is in my head. The latest question a reader sent me was:  “where (on the blog) are all the ways to get maximum Delta Skymiles if one wanted to” (say in one year)?

So here, once again, is a post I should have had up for a long time. Some caveats and a request not to flame me in comments. I am not saying that all these ways are the best use of the points. There are often transfer bonus deals that could result in more value for the points. This is to show all the ways to score MAX Delta Skymiles in just one year. All the cards below have no first year annual fee other than the Platinum business card, $450, but you do get up to $300 in credits back in incidentals and GOES rebate and you get Skyclub access free as well. Many of the cards have $5000 in spend needed to get the bonus points so keep that in mind too.

If you over one year applied for these cards you would get almost 200,000 Skymiles.

Application round one in January

Delta Gold Skymiles card  HERE
AMEX Platinum business card HERE
Earn 60,500 miles after spend

Application round two in April

SPG AMEX personal card HERE
SPG Business card HERE
Earn 60,000 points after spend that can be sent to Delta to earn 75,000 (SPG give you 5,000 bonus Skymiles when you send 20,000. You would want to send 3 batches of 20,000 points each ) Note your spend requirement is $5000 per card so you could switch for the Delta Gold Business below and do the SPG business card next round.

Application round three in August

AMEX Gold Premier personal card HERE
Delta Gold Business card HERE
Earn 57,500 points after spend

The net all in result is 60,500+75,000+57,500 = 193,000 Skymiles in less than one year! Also note this leaves you just 7,000 Skymiles shy of 2 free low level tickets to Europe in Business class. There are many many ways talked about in the blog to pick up those few points missing to make this happen all in just one year to take your next European vacation in style! – René
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Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card
RESERVE/PLATINUM/GOLD
from American Express®
Click here for more information

 

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

17 Comments

  1. Thanks Rene – it’s very helpful to see what others are doing. Btw – your post yesterday made me laugh because I’m sooo much like that (glad I’m not the only one)!

  2. too bad a lot of those are not avaliable anymore 🙁 Did you cancel the cards that you signed up for in January before you applied for the August ones?

    • @Karl – as long as it has been at least 24 months you can get all these cards again including the new card bonus. you should never cancel any card before 10 to 11 months. rene

  3. I’m thinking more in terms of ways I could accumulate points WITHOUT minimum spend requirements myself. I already have the goal of maximizing spend on Delta Reserve in order to get those MQM, and don’t want to dilute that effort.

    So any ways to add some points without incurring annual fees & spend requirements?

    I have a goal to accumulate enough points for 3 round-the-world tickets, currently halfway there. Opening Fidelity and AmeriTrade accounts in January was one really good boost.

  4. 24 months from the time you got the card or from cancellation?

    • @Rajnish – since you first got the card. some have been able to apply again while still having open but you risk getting only the differential bonus points. I always cancel before I reapply.

  5. Hi, Rene.

    I got a Delta Gold Skymiles card about 1 month ago and charged the required $1000 on it, so I expect my 30,000 bonus miles soon (already received the $50 statement credit for booking a Delta flight)
    However, about 1 week ago I received an offer from AmEx for a platinum Delta Skymiles card with a 60,000 bonus miles offer (incl. 5,000 MQM) plus $100 statement credit. But I am not eligible because I have the Delta Gold card!!!! Any chance AmEx would give me the extra 30,000 miles if I upgrade to the Platinum card (which has a $150 non-waived fee). Any other suggestions.

    • @Johannes – none. AMEX is 100% firm on this unlike Chase that will match a higher offer inside 90 days. It stinks but that is the way it is.

  6. The business and personal cards that are Delta branded should both get signup bonuses in your example, correct? I Have the personal gold from March and the business platinum is taking seemingly forever to post bonus points. Thanks.

    • @Brian – as long as it was 365+ days since cancel of gold/plat/rez card, either side personal or biz you are set. Yes you could do both at once if not held either 365+ days.

  7. Hi

    Want to pay for a flight to ? for my family 2 adults 3 children, but can i get the points for the kids ?

    Or will they get there own points

    Cheers
    simon

  8. Hi Rene!

    I’m happy to tell you I’m a new reader of yours. I was wondering, how do you earn more miles after the signup bonuses? For example, the Gold Delta card has no utility on the 2nd year for me. Though the Platinum does, due to the 20k MQM after spending 25 grand. Am I missing something or should I just cancel my Gold one?

    • @Tom – The current rules are no more than 5 AMEX Credit cards at once (personal and biz). Also you can only get each personal new card bonus 1x ever. Biz cards cancel and wait 365+ days for bonus again. I keep some cards others I ask for fee waved or bonus points or I downgrade to no fee or I cancel.

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