Earn Delta statement credits without flying Delta

For the second time this year, Delta is offering all-time best signup bonuses for their cards.  And, they are once again offering $50 statement credits for the Gold cards and $100 statement credits for the Platinum cards, as follows:

Gold Delta SkyMiles (personal and business cards): In addition to 60,000 miles after meeting spend requirements, Delta is offering a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first 3 months.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles personal and business: In addition to 70,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs (elite qualifying miles) after meeting spend requirements, Delta is offering a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first 3 months.

Full details of the current offers can be found on our Best Offers Page.

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 signup bonus now.  But, you can get a signup bonus if you signup for a different Delta card.  Each of these is considered a different product: Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, and Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card.

Earning the statement credits

Any direct Delta purchase made within the first 3 months of card ownership should trigger the promised statement credit.  The terms state: “Credit will be issued as a Card Member statement credit approximately 8-12 weeks after your first Delta purchase.”

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 signup bonus.

Here are Delta spend options for triggering the credits (I’ll update this list with reader suggestions):

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).

Earning statement credits without ever flying Delta

The easiest option I know of is to do the following:

  1. Buy a $50 Delta egift card (here).  This will trigger either the $50 statement credit (Gold card) or $100 statement credit (Platinum card)
  2. Sell the gift card on a site like Raise (here’s their page for selling Delta egift cards).  Raise charges a 12% seller fee.  If you sell the $50 gift card for $48, you should get about $42.24.

Your total cost would be $7.76 in order to earn either $50 or $100 in statement credits.  Not bad.

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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Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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  1. […] It’s worth noting that the new Delta offers require making a Delta purchase in three months rather than four.  A safe bet is to buy a $50 Delta e-gift card to ensure getting the statement credit.  For additional ideas, see: Earn Delta statement credits without flying Delta. […]

Comments

  1. Thanks for posting about the Raise Website, I have a $70 Delta eGift Card I have been wanting to use for a while but Delta states if I pay with a GC for part or all of my ticket and traveling with my wife as a companion on the reservation we would not be eligible for upgrades… what a jip.

  2. Go through the process of booking a flight on delta.com. Before you checkout you’ll be presented with a Gold card offer for 50k points and a $150 statement credit.

  3. @Zach
    But that offer has the once a life time bonus restriction while the current 60K offer has some targeted offers that are without the restriction so the lucky recipients of said targeted offer would still get the bonus even though they have had the same card before.

  4. Interesting. Just got an offer for 70K miles, 10K MQM, and 70K Skybonus points. I don’t see the “one per lifetime” language so assuming this is a targeted offer. Cancelled the Delta Bus Plat about 4 years ago. Have you heard anyone else getting this offer?

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