Are you a Delta fan? While I love Southwest, I do think Delta may be the next best American airline to fly using miles and points. Like Southwest, they allow you to book any flight using miles, miles never expire and they frequently hold sales where the miles price goes down.
To help you fly Delta on miles, you can take advantage of the Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, which has NO ANNUAL FEE and earns double miles at restaurants.
The card is also the newest addition to the Delta credit card portfolio since 2008 and is also the only no annual fee credit card from a U.S.-based global carrier that earns 2 miles per dollar on dining. All of Delta’s other credit cards have annual fees, though a few waive them for the first year.
They say the card is designed for newer travelers looking for ways to easily earn miles in their daily lives. Their research found that individuals ages 18-34 (ie millennials) dine out on a regular basis and are more likely to travel in the next year than other age groups. Thus, we have this new card :).
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Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Benefits
Here’s what you get:
- No annual fee
- 2 miles per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants
- 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
- 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases
- 20 percent savings in the form of a statement credit on all eligible in-flight purchases when flying with Delta
The Welcome Offer
The current welcome offer is not ideal. You will net 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on the card within the first three months. While it sure wouldn’t hurt to have an extra 10,000 miles, Delta round-trips in the U.S. average about 25,000 miles for longer haul flights (ie flights longer than reasonable driving distance), so 10,000 points is not going to get you very far.
To learn how to fly free around the U.S. on Delta, you get on the waiting list for my online FRUGAL FLYER course, which opens again in early 2019 and teaches you how to easily eliminate the cost of airfare from your U.S. travels on the major U.S. airlines — with an entire module focused on Delta.
Also, keep in mind that American Express only lets you earn a given card’s bonus ONCE IN A LIFETIME. So if you take 10,000, you won’t be able to take advantage of a higher offer down the road, should it become available.
What do you think of this card? Do you ever fly Delta on miles?
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