Now that I’ve been approved for the Amex Delta Gold and Amex Delta Platinum cards, I will be working towards the $2,000 spending requirement to collect my 100,000 SkyMiles. The sign-up bonuses included a $50 statement credit on the Gold card and a $100 statement credit on the Platinum card, after my first Delta purchase. I actually flew Delta to Charlotte, NC over Labor Day weekend and thought this would be a great opportunity to use my new card to buy something on the plane to collect my statement credit! The credit card machine was broken on the way out there and on the way home the flight attendant didn’t charge me for my drinks. What are the coincidences of that happening on both flights! I just wanted to spend money to get my statement credit. The only other Delta purchase I could think of to buy was a Delta gift card online and hope it counts as a statement credit.

I’m happy to report that buying a Delta gift card does in fact qualify you for your statement credit! Here is a picture below from my AmericanExpress.com account showing the credit:

Amex Delta $50 statement creditThis is excellent news for anyone who wants to apply for a Delta card, but doesn’t have an upcoming Delta flight to book within the first 3 months of opening the card. Although it’s only a $50 and $100 statement credit (depending on which card you choose), you never want to miss taking full advantage of your sign-up bonus with American Express now that they only allow you to receive the bonus once per card, per lifetime. The annual fee is $195 on the Delta Platinum and it’s not waived the first year, so being able to get a $100 gift card helps offset the fee the first year.

And remember, if you apply for American Express and you’re not instantly approved, always call to find out if they just need additional information from you.