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):
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
- 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 15% seller fee. If you sell the $50 gift card for $48, you should get about $40.80.
In the example above, your total cost would be $9.20 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!
Last updated on December 9th, 2019