Did You Know That New Delta Members Can Earn 40,000 Bonus Miles (Not Counting What Amex Will Give You)

This offer has been around since 2012, but I don’t think I’ve written about it since then. Most readers probably already have Delta Skymiles accounts, but there are always new readers and folks just getting into the hobby.

Overall I don’t recommend focusing on the Skymiles program, but if you’re hub captive in Atlanta, Detroit, or Minneapolis (or if you live in the Upper Midwest) then you’re going to wing up flying Delta. And it makes sense to get the most out of the tickets you’re buying anyway.

There are two links to the offer which appear to include the same terms: New Member Bonus is the one that US residents want. There’s also New Member Curriculum, which reminds me of how Northwest Worldperks used to market, and limits the bonus for new credit card signups to residents of certain countries no including the US.

Unlike the 1000 miles just for joining that Delta was offering earlier in the year, each of the components of this offer require actually doing something.

You must register for the offer within 30 days of creating your new Delta Skymiles account, and accept all of their e-mails. You have 12 months from creating your account to complete the tasks and earn bonuses.

Enjoy 5,000 bonus miles on your next round-trip Delta flight to any of our 350+ destinations. Plus, you’ll earn an additional 2,500 bonus miles for each of your next four subsequent round-trip flights.

Not already a SkyMiles Credit Cardmember? Get up to 30,000 bonus miles with the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. That’s up to 25,000 miles for getting the Card,1,2 plus an additional 5,000 miles now as a new SkyMiles member. On top of that, earn one mile for eligible everyday purchases and double miles for Delta purchases.3,4 Plus, get a free checked bag on every Delta flight.5

Join the Delta Sky Club® and earn 10,000 bonus miles with a one- or three-year membership. Discover this exclusive travel retreat and its amenities at more than 50 airport Clubs or 35 partner lounge locations around the world.

Redeem your first 10,000 miles toward Award Travel, hotel stays, car rentals, a Delta Sky Club membership, and more. You’ll enjoy 5,000 bonus miles as a new member. For all the ways you can use your miles, visit delta.com/usemiles.

Discover our 100+ SkyMiles partners and their special member offers. Enjoy 500 bonus miles for each unique partner you participate with in your first year of membership (up to 10 partner transactions). Be sure to provide your SkyMiles number during your transaction with each SkyMiles partner. The miles you earn will be credited to your account.

You can take 5 roundtrips and earn 15000 bonus miles. Credit partner activity to Delta for 1000 miles per partner — car rentals, dining, hotel stays, points transfers into the program (a Starwood Platinum member could transfer just 1 mile to Delta), etc. Redeem a minimum of 10,000 miles and get 5000 miles back.

That’s 25,000 miles. You’ll need to join the Delta lounge program (10,000 miles) and get a Delta co-brand credit card (5000 miles on top of the card’s signup bonus) to round out to the full 40,000.

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