What’s the offer? American Express Delta Gold with 50,000 SkyMiles and $50 statement credit after only $1,000 in spending. $0 annual fee the first year, then $95 thereafter.

This is the second time this year that Amex has offered 50,000 SkyMiles on this credit card. I’m actually quite surprised, because the same offer just expired at the end of summer. Usually the offer is between 25,000 – 30,000 SkyMiles. If you’ve never had this card before, I highly recommend applying for it since it has such a low spending requirement.

Remember, American Express switched the rules earlier this year on all┬ápersonal cards. You can only receive the signup bonus once per card, per lifetime. If you think you’ve had this card in the past or it’s been a couple of years, I don’t recommend applying for it again. You’ll take a hard pull on your credit and you won’t receive the 50,000 SkyMiles.

What’s good about this card?

  • No annual fee
  • Free checked bag
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Low spending requirement to receive 50,000 SkyMiles

What’s bad about this card?

  • I have this card and it seems like every Delta customer has Priority boarding. Don’t expect much with the “Priority Boarding” feature.
  • You’ll only earn 1x SkyMile for every dollar spent. I’d rather put general spending on other credit cards with more rewards.
  • Customers are not able to earn the bonus again if they’ve ever carried this card in the past.

 

A lot of bloggers give Delta SkyMiles flack for not being worth much. They’ve actually earned the name of being called “SkyPesos”. Delta has been restructuring their SkyMiles program around to offer more award seats for less miles. I haven’t done extensive award searches, but for the flights I’ve been looking at for next year I’ve seen numerous 25,000 miles and 32,500 miles award seats available. This is an improvement over what I’ve seen just earlier this year when some domestic flights required 60,000 miles for a Coach seat!

It’s also worth noting that Delta is going to start allowing one-way award tickets to be booked at half the miles. So even if you can only squeeze one round-trip ticket out of this signup bonus, you should be able to book a one-way ticket with the remaining miles. You could then use your miles from another airline program and book the other half of your trip.

How to Apply

Application Link: Apply Here. Expires December 21, 2014.