Despite the Durbin Amendment, Suntrust bank appears to be getting back into the mileage-earning debit card game with Delta, albeit briefly.
The card is available on several checking account products and has a $75 annual fee. It earns 1 mile per dollar on both PIN and signature-based purchases, 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases.
Through June 30 there are enrollment bonuses:
- Opening a new qualifying checking account with direct deposit earns 15,000 miles. (Direct deposit must be $100 or more per transaction, sometimes transfers in from Paypal count as direct deposit but that’s clearly not the intention here. The terms and conditions don’t specify how long direct deposit must be in place, likely best to leave it in place until these miles post.)
- Opening that account with this debit card earns an additional 15,000 miles after first purchase with the card made by July 31.
The terms and conditions say that the bonuses are available only once per customer. The last time Suntrust was in this game, each additional debit card earned a bonus (despite not being stated that way in the terms and conditions). If I had to guess they’ve closed that loophole, but someone will certainly test it and I hope they’ll report back the results.
(HT: Frugal Travel Guy)