Me, like many of you, got in on the recent amazing new card offer from AMEX and Delta for a ton of SkyMiles for getting a new card (and bonus MQMs for the Platinum card). Each of those also include a bonus for your first Delta purchase. But just what counts and what works?
First off, it is important to note that you do NOT need to spend the entire amount to get the full credit. This means, depending on the card you have, just about any spend will trigger your either $50 or $100 credit. So what are your options?
The simplest one clearly is just buying a Delta ticket with the card or even an award that will trigger the credit. Paying for a ticket will net save you money or even just paying for taxes and fees for your award will also work just fine. But what if you are not in the market for a new ticket or award during the short “window” of time after getting a new card? There are other choices.
As you can see from the screen shot above another good choice is buying just about anything aboard a Delta flight (other than Gogo wifi service). The kool part is that you still get the 20% discount for the purchase and even just a $2 set of Delta billboard headsets will trigger the FULL credit back for your new card. In my case, they did not have any headsets on-board but I still purchased them as I really did not care about them I just wanted the credit for the purchase and this to my knowledge is the cheapest thing I could buy.
But what if you have no plans to fly or buy tickets of any kind during the time period window you have to enjoy this perk of getting a new card? Well you have one more option, that is, simply buy a Delta gift card on Delta.com. The lowest amount is $50 so you are going to have to at least buy that amount and if you happen to have a $100 credit waiting then this will trigger the full amount as well.
Are there any other options? The key issue is getting the purchase to “code” as a Delta purchase. While I have not tested this myself a Sky Club membership should work as well as if you are offered a chance to pay to upgrade a flight to first class or even Comfort+ (but the latter I have not tested either).
Bottom line is this credit, similar to the AMEX Offers to You are yet one more great way to get value out of your new Delta AMEX card – be sure not to let them slip away as your time is limited after you get your new card! – René
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