American Express completely revamped its cobranded Delta credit cards yesterday, adding benefits while increasing both the welcome offers and annual fees. However, on at least two of those cards (the consumer Gold and Platinum) it’s possible to get a better offer when making a dummy booking on Delta’s website. These modified offers each include a $400 statement credit, but with 20K less SkyMiles.
Unfortunately the way that Delta displays the application form while making a paid booking means that we’re unable to provide a direct link to these increased offers, otherwise we’d add them to our Best Offers page. Instead, we’ll list them there as “alternate offers.”
- There are at least two “enhanced” welcome offers available on Amex Delta cards that can be accessed by going through the process of making a booking on the Delta website:
- Earn 50,000 bonus SkyMiles when applying for the Delta SkyMiles Gold credit card from American Express and spending $3,000 in the first six months. Also earn a $400 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in your first 6 months of card membership
- Earn 70,000 bonus SkyMiles when applying for the Delta SkyMiles Platinum credit card from American Express and spending $4,000 in the first six months. Also earn a $400 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in your first 6 months of card membership.
How to access Delta Offers with a Dummy Booking
In order to access these offers, you have to start the the process of making a paid booking on Delta’s website. After you’ve selected which flights you want, scroll down a little and you should see a box with a personalized offer besides the upgrade options. On mobile devices it will be underneath and look like this:
As always when applying for a new card, be sure to take a screenshot of what’s being offered to you. If you’d like to apply, check the box in the bottom-left corner and continue through the booking process (you don’t have to actually book the flights).
When continuing the booking process, a popup will appear where you complete your details and get a decision. Once again, take a screenshot at this point to make sure the offer matches what you’re expecting.
Each of these enhanced offers differs from the respective public version by effectively exchanging 20,000 SkyMiles for $400. That’s giving you 2 cents per mile, well above our Reasonable Redemption Value for SkyMiles of 1.5 cents each (for Delta cardholders). That makes each of these enhanced offers worth about $100 more than the public versions.
Note that the $400 statement credit is only triggered when you make a Delta purchase, but you shouldn’t need to spend all $400 on Delta flights in order to earn it – any kind or amount of Delta spend should trigger it. This would obviously be extremely easy if you have actual Delta flights that you want to buy in the near future. If not, these types of statement credits have also been triggered in the past by paying the $5.60 fee for booking an award flight.