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For many years, the credit cards in your wallet were seen as a status symbol, but these days, the credit card choices you make are a sign of your travel savvy and know-how. Delta flyers will do well selecting one of the branded Delta cards from American Express, a JohnnyJet.com partner—and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is a good place to start as its $95 annual fee is waived the first year.
As a frequent traveler who pays close attention to where he keeps his miles, I believe this card is great for frequent Delta flyers not necessarily interested in achieving the top levels of elite status. As of this posting, the card provides several of the benefits that come with elite status, like Priority Boarding and a free checked bag, which saves $25 per flight, or $50 per roundtrip. By that math, the money saved by not having to pay for your first checked bag on two roundtrip flights ($100) is more than the card’s annual fee after the first year ($95)!
Earn 30,000 SkyMiles
If you spend $1,000 on the card within the first three months of having it, you’ll earn 30,000 SkyMiles. That’s more than enough for a domestic ticket. True, Delta saver award tickets can sometimes be hard to find, but they’re out there (just maybe not on the busiest travel days of the year). You’ll also receive a $50 credit after you make a Delta reservation in the first three months. And all non-Delta purchases earn 1 SkyMile per dollar spent.
Yes, it’s true…Delta.com is a terrible website to search for award tickets, but with some patience and flexibility, it’s possible to achieve some great mileage awards on Delta. It may require calling the airline to find availability on airline partners like Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
Some of my favorites are the 140,000-mile business class award from North America to Africa since you can make a stop in one direction in Europe (how about spending a few nights in Paris on the way to the Seychelles or Mauritius?) and the 125,000-mile business class award from North America to Europe. Redeem it for a Virgin Atlantic flight to score access to Virgin’s swanky lounges, which feature beauty salons, spas and full-service restaurants.
Here’s a more complete list of benefits:
- Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months.
- Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
- Check your first bag free on every Delta flight – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
- Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms and Restrictions Apply.
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