Earn Delta statement credits without flying Delta

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Delta statement credits without flying Delta

Once again, Delta is offering all-time best welcome bonuses for their Gold, Platinum, and Reserve cards.  At the time of this writing, most of these offers include $50 or $100 statement credits after using the card for any Delta purchase.  Here are the current best offers (note that you may be targeted for an even better offer):

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve for Business Credit Card
45K miles + 10K MQMs
45K miles + 10K MQMs after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Credit Card from American Express
60K miles + 5K MQMs
60K miles + 5K MQMs after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

$250 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business Credit Card from American Express
70K miles + 5K MQMs
70K miles + 5K MQMs after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

$250 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Credit Card from American Express
50K miles
50K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business Credit Card from American Express
60K Miles
60K miles after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

If you’ve ever had one of these cards before (at least within the last 7 years or so), then you can’t get the welcome bonus now.  But, you can get a welcome bonus if you apply for a different Delta card.  Each card shown above is considered a different product.  Click into each one for more details about the card.

Earning the statement credits

Any direct Delta purchase made within the first 3 months of card ownership should trigger the promised statement credit.

You do not need to spend the full $50 or $100 in order to earn the full statement credit.  If you find a way to spend $1 directly with Delta, you’ll earn the full statement credit.

Here are Delta spend options for triggering the credits:

On board a Delta Flight

In the airport

  • Pay to check a bag
  • Buy a Delta SkyClub single visit pass
  • If in the SkyClub, buy a premium drink

At home

  • Purchase a Delta ticket.
  • Book a Delta award flight and pay the TSA fees with your Delta card.
  • Purchase a Delta ticket and pay with miles (every 5,000 miles = $50 off the ticket price), but use the credit card to pay the last bit that is less than $50.
  • With an already booked flight, pay for an add-on such as a premium seat, miles boost, etc.
  • Buy a Delta egift card (here).  Minimum purchase: $50.  Gift cards never expire, but do note that you can’t use them within 72 hours of purchase (e.g. wait 3 days before using them).
    Note 2/3/2020: Multiple readers have reported that this no longer works.

Other ideas?

Please comment below if you have other suggestions for triggering the statement credits.  I’ll update this page as we learn more.  Thanks!

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