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.
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
- Buy those cheap $2 headphones (hint: you may be able to pay for them even if they don’t have them on board!)
- Buy a drink or snack
In the airport
- Pay to check a bag
- Buy a Delta SkyClub single visit pass
- If in the SkyClub, buy a premium drink
- 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:
- Buy a $50 Delta egift card (here). This will trigger either the $50 statement credit (Gold card) or $100 statement credit (Platinum card)
- 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.
Please comment below if you have other suggestions for triggering the statement credits. I’ll update this page as we learn more. Thanks!