Update 3/13/21: As per Brian’s comment below, some people are seeing an offer for 90,000 SkyMiles rather than 70,000 SkyMiles + $200.
American Express came out with a host of increased offers on its cobranded Delta credit cards last week (See Awesome new Delta offers for 70-90K miles, up to 20K MQMs, and more).
One of those increased offers was 70,000 bonus miles on the Delta Gold card with no annual fee in the first year. Miles to Memories has noticed that it’s possible to get an even better offer which includes a $200 statement credit when making a dummy booking on Delta’s website.
- Earn 70,000 bonus SkyMiles when applying for the Delta SkyMiles Gold credit card from American Express and spending $2,000 in the first three months. Also earn a $200 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in your first three months of card membership, or
- Earn 90,000 bonus SkyMiles when applying for the Delta SkyMiles Gold credit card from American Express and spending $2,000 in the first three months.
- Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this or previous versions of this Card.
70,000 SkyMiles with no annual fee the first year is a decent offer, but having a $200 statement credit thrown into the mix makes this even more tempting if you’re eligible to earn a bonus on the card.
To get access to this offer, you have to make a dummy booking on Delta’s website. After you’ve selected which flights you want, scroll down a little and you should see this box:
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.
Note that the $200 statement credit is only triggered when you make a Delta purchase. In the past, these types of statement credits have been triggered when paying the $5.60 fee when booking an award flight, so you shouldn’t need to spend $200 on Delta flights in order to earn the $200 – any kind of Delta spend should trigger it. With one-way award flights from only 2,000 SkyMiles, it shouldn’t be hard finding a way to earn the $200.
Another method that worked in the past to trigger these types of statement credits was to buy a Delta gift card (n.b. this type of statement credit was different to the airline fee credits on Amex Platinum cards). I’ve no idea whether or not that still works; the terms of the $200 statement credit specifically exclude Delta gift card purchases, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work.
Another option which might work would be to buy a Delta gift card in the Fluz app. Delta gift card purchases in the app code as travel, but I’m far from certain it’ll trigger the statement credit as the merchant category is 4722 which is ‘Travel Agencies and Tour Operators’. The transaction would likely appear on your statement as something like ‘BT*FLUZAPP*DELTA NEW YORK NY’ which might be enough to trigger the statement credit seeing as Delta is mentioned. However, with a minimum transaction amount of $50 for Delta gift cards in the Fluz app, the gift card exclusion already mentioned and no data points to support that it’ll work, this option isn’t ideal.
As a result, paying $5.60 to earn $200 will likely be the easiest option for most people if you don’t have any other plans to spend anything with Delta in the next three months. Delta’s flexible cancellation policy is another option, but with this being Amex then there’s the potential for a clawback of the statement credit if your Delta payment is reversed in the future.