While Delta had their 50,000 mile sign-up offer going on, I was approved for the Delta Amex Gold card back in August. Just yesterday I was approved for another Delta card, this time being Delta Platinum Business credit card for another 50,000 SkyMiles. Both cards require $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months in order to earn your bonus miles. The Delta Gold card has a $0 introductory annual fee, while the Delta Platinum card has a $195 annual fee which is NOT waived the first year. So to recap, I was able to pick up 100,000 Delta SkyMiles for $2,000 in spending the first 3 months and $195 in annual fee the first year. Not too bad if you ask me! I know some frequent flyers stay far away from Delta, but it’s hard for me to avoid them while living in MSP which is one of their main hubs.
I applied for the Delta Business Platinum card because I want to earn Silver Medallion status by the end of the year. In order to do this you need 25,000 MQMs (basically miles flown in the sky) or 30 MQSs (segments flown), along with either $2,500 spent in flights or $25,000 spent on your qualifying Delta credit cards. Keep in mind that if this doesn’t happen by Decemeber 31, you start over on January 1!
(Below is a picture of my current Delta SkyMiles membership. As you can see I have my work cut out for me!)
I still need to fly 23,140 miles by the end of the year to qualify! There’s no way I’m going to be able to do that. However, since the sign-up offer I found for the Delta Business Platinum was offering 15,000MQMs, this makes my goal of reaching Silver Medallion easier. Once I meet the $1,000 spending requirement and the 15,000 MQMs are posted to my account, I’ll actually only need to fly 8,140 miles by December 31. Much better than 23,140 miles! You might notice I still have a ways to go to meet the $25,000 spending requirement, but now that I have two Delta credit cards this shouldn’t be a problem.
Remember when I said “always search for a better sign-up offer before applying for a credit card“? That tip came in handy when applying for the Delta Business Platinum credit card. Many bloggers were reporting that American Express only had a 35,000 mile/5,000 MQMs offer for the business credit card while the personal credit cards had the 50,000 mile offer going on. That wasn’t true! After doing a little bit of research online, I was able to find this link on a forum that pointed to a 50,000 mile offer! This link is actually still working and advertising a 50,000 mile offer, but the “Special Offer Expires on” says September 8, 2014. My guess is if you were to try and apply today and you don’t receive the miles in your account, American Express could argue the deal expired.
Be sure to follow me on social media or subscribe to my blog! I’ll keep you posted by the end of the year if I do in fact earn Silver Medallion status. I’ve never earned a “status” with an airline before, so this will be a first for me!