I caved in and applied for the American Express Delta Gold credit card. The 50,000 miles offer was too good to pass up. Although many refer to SkyMiles as SkyPesos, I can find round-trip award flights out of Minneapolis for 25,000 miles. I was approved for the Delta Gold card and I only have to spend $1,000 on the card within 3 months to receive the signup bonus. This is a very low spending requirement to receive 2 free round-trip tickets.
I have a Delta flight booked for August 30th to go see my parents in South Carolina. I had booked the flight before being approved for my American Express Delta Gold card. I wanted to know if I would still get the free checked bag now that I have the Delta Gold card in my wallet. I called the number on the back of my credit card and the representative stated that I would in fact still get the free luggage as long as my SkyMiles number is printed on the boarding ticket. I did book the ticket through my Delta.com account so I should be all set! The rep also stated to bring my Gold card just in case.
Therefore, the perks that come along with the Delta Gold card, such as your 1st checked bag, are actually linked to your SkyMiles account. You could buy a Delta ticket from Expedia.com and not even use your Delta Gold card to pay for the ticket. As long as your frequent flyer number is on that ticket, then Delta knows you have a Gold card linked to your SkyMiles account and to give you the free perks! I’m actually really surprised that Delta and Amex don’t have some sort of clause in the terms that states you have to either book your ticket directly with Delta or use your SkyMiles card. I’m guessing this is how they keep getting customers to apply for the card. The more restrictions you put on a card, the less customers come through the door.