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!