Limited-Time 50,000 Point Signup Bonus for Delta Amex Now Available Broadly

The Delta SkyMiles home page is featuring an offer for 50,000 Delta miles after $2000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership.

In addition, there’s a $50 statement credit if you make a purchase from Delta within those three months. There’s a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95, and as with all such things terms and limitations apply.

The offer is said to be available through November 17. We do see this offer occasionally, indeed it was available several months ago.

I’m a fan of the Delta airline operation, but not their frequent flyer program. SkyMiles is probably the worst thing about the airline.

50,000 points is a good offer for the card, though not one of the best current signup bonuses. Some will nonetheless be interested and I wanted to highlight that it’s available for nearly a month.

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  1. I’ve heard Amex is about to launch a new card with Delta, where the signup bonus will vary based on your location and the day/time you apply. Delta has convinced Amex that this will make it much easier for their customers since they will be able to earn miles in the same random and unpredictable way that they now redeem them.

  2. Am one of the few who never signed up with Delta SkyMiles. When I do fly Delta, I harvest the points toward a partner airline account.

    I’m not sure why anyone joins the Delta FF program.

    I several for-fee credit cards:
    Starwood Amex: because they offer 25% free points upon transfer to my airline
    Marriott: because they give a free night every year, and give me meals/snacks when I check in
    Southwest: 2 free bags every time I fly… and sometimes their flights cost 1/3 points of what competitors charge!

    I’m a long-standing Alaska Air customer because they fly out of my hometown, but Southwest is quickly becoming my go-to carrier because of the free baggage. And Delta offers none of that. The only reason I even consider Delta flights at all is because they can transfer to my Alaska account.

  3. “I’m not sure why anyone joins the Delta FF program.”

    Oh come on, Lindy. Let’s say you want to Tokyo next year from Washington. I see plenty of days where you could do so in business class for 70,000 miles one-way and $5.60 in fees. So you sign up for this card, get 52,000 miles after meeting minimum spend, and then accrue the rest fairly easily, as Delta hands out miles pretty readily.

    Don’t be obtuse.

  4. “Don’t be obtuse”.

    Oh come on, James. Let’s say you want to go Tokyo next year from Washington. I see plenty of days where you could do so in business class for 50,000 miles one-way and $5.60 in fees. So you sign up for BOA/Alaska Airlines twice, get 50,000 miles after meeting minimum spend, and then don’t accrue anymore on spend and just fly Cathay Pacific.

    “Don’t be obtuse”.

  5. *Sighs* No one is saying that Delta is the best, and they aren’t. But to imply that they have no value whatsoever, to the point where one is saying, “I’m not sure why anyone signs up” is just silly. Or obtuse

  6. I’ll chime in on the “Skymiles are useless” hyperbole. Skymiles are sending me +3 in O on VA to England in late May for 500K+ $600 all in (most of which is UK duty). Easily 3 CPM plus in value. Besides, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t sign up, if only for the sake of diversification.

  7. I don’t get the abuse this card/mileage program gets. I got a round trip to Europe for $64 earlier this year (Out of LAX). My only regret is that I signed up for the card when they were offering 30,000 miles.

    I’ve since cancelled the AMEX Delta SkyMiles card. Does anyone know if I sign up for this card again if I get the 20,000 miles I left on the table?

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