One of the reasons we decided to start this blog was because of the amount of credit cards my wife and I go through each year. Most reward cards only allow a person to get the sign up bonus once. The Gold Delta Skymiles card is one exception to this rule. With this card you can get 30K Delta miles every year and it is actually pretty simple. Let me show you why everyone should be churning the Delta Skymiles Card.
First of all, if you are one of those weirdos who feels that signing up for a new CC just to get the bonus and than canceling is somehow morally wrong please get down from your high horse. Do you really want to compare my morality to that of the big CC companies? I figured not.
I have personally gone through 3 Gold Delta Skymiles cards over the past 3 years and each time I have received the 30K bonus miles. My wife has had 2 and will soon be applying for her 3rd. American Experess recently changed their bonus requirements from spending 500$ in 3 months to spending 1000$ in the first 3 months in order to receive the bonus miles. This is a bit of an inconvenience, but in my opinion getting what amounts to a free domestic flight for spending 1000$ I was going to spend anyway is a pretty good deal. Here is my Delta miles balance as of today.
In order to be eligible for the sign up bonus you must not have had a Gold Delta Skymiles card for 12 months. Because of this you can really only get the same card and get the bonus every 2 years (if you want use the card for 1 free checked bag during the year like we do). In order to get around this you can cycle between the two types of cards: personal and business cards. I have had 2 personal cards and 1 business card.
Although according to their rules you could just wait 12 months exactly and reapply, I chose to watch my “targeted” offers here. By putting in your Delta Skymiles number to this site you can see if you are eligible for the sign up bonus. I cancelled my last personal Skymiles card in October of 2012 and had to wait until January of 2014 before the sign up bonus showed up on this site. Although I am sure I could have applied for a new one exactly 1 year later I just decided to remove that headache and wait until their system recognized I was eligible again.
Just follow these steps:
- Apply for personal card
- Spend $1K in 3 months
- Get rewards
- 11 months later cancel card and apply for business card
- Spend 1k in 3 months
- Get rewards
- Watch deltaamexcard.com for when you are eligible again
It is really that easy. I was skeptical about getting the same bonus twice but now that I have actually received the bonus on the personal card on 2 different occasions I know its true!