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Delta 50-60,000-Mile Offers end on 6/30
These personal and business Delta offers end on June 30th. Please note that you will get 50,000 miles and $50 statement credit on a Gold card and 60,000 miles and $100 Statement credit on a Platinum card, however, the Gold card’s $95 AF for is waived for the first year, while the $195 Platinum card’s AF is not waived for the first year. In other words, you will save $150 if you apply for 1 or 2 Gold cards rather than Platinum. So what to do? Is 10,000 Delta SkyMiles worth $150?
That depends how deeply you’ve bought into this SkyPesos are useless/they are lying to us/I will never do business with Delta tidbits you hear from everyone.
Me? If I could apply for all four cards, I would—unfortunately, the last year’s once-in-a-lifetime clause rules out both personal cards for me.
The reason why I need Delta miles is simple. So “useless” SkyPesos are, that I’ve completely depleted all of them. I have about 250 miles left.
Somehow, without having to work too hard, I’ve managed to earn and redeem them all over the years: on countless trips to Mexico and the Caribbean, on Business Class flights to Paris, on another Business class seat on Virgin Atlantic to London (and onto Hamburg on KLM), and on the return flights from Iceland and Vietnam (on Korean).
Yes, this is a dishonest program, yes, they have outrageously removed the award chart, and I do understand why people are pissed. And yet, there is a very simple rule to deal with frustrations that every mile-and-point junkie must embrace forever and ever, IMHO:
Don’t get mad, get even!
Delta SkyMiles availability has never ever been as good as it has been for the last 9 months. Forget your hurt feelings and use it to your advantage. If you can get any bonuses out of these four—I strongly recommend you do it.
The AMEX Enhanced Business Gold Rewards 75,000 offer ends on 6/30
It’s a solid offer for only $5,000 spend. If you can get it (1 year has passed since you had this card) you can’t go wrong!
The US Bank LANPASS Visa 30,000 Miles (48,000 KM) Offer ends on 6/30
It’s not a bad offer. 49,000 KM can take you from Miami to Rio (and back). And you’re getting upgrades, too. If you fly to South America, you might want to consider getting this card.
The Korean Personal and Business Cards 30,000-Mile Offer End on 6/30
I’m personally not applying for either card, since I don’t believe them to be a good value, but the truth be told, Korean Air has crazy good premium class availability between the US and Asia. With these two cards, you can get 60,000 miles, so if you actively collect Korean Skypass miles, you would be foolish to let this offer pass you by.
The offer is not on my page, so here is the link.
BofA Alaska 25,000 miles and $100 credit offer is back!
The BofA Alaska better credit card link with $100 statement credit is back. It has been possible to do a dummy booking and get the offer, but it’s easier this way, right?
New AMEX HHonors Surpass 85,000-point offer
I would apply for a regular 50-60K HHonors card first, and then wait for an offer like this to get it. They come up with a high Surpass offers periodically. Find this card and other latest updates on my Best Credit Cards for Points — Free Stays page.
The No Annual Fee for the Chase British Airways Card Has Been Extended until 8/31
British Avios are an indispensable tool of getting award short hops all over the world. Since Chase changed the policy language that used to outlaw repeated sign up bonuses, we have had the great source of this precious currency once again. I value Avios at least as much as United miles, and I’m happy to replenish my miles whenever I could. The no annual fee offer was supposed to expire on June 30th, but they have extended it again. This time till the end of August.
$15 off 100 at Staples with Visa Checkout
This one is online, and it specifically excludes gift cards, as they always do. Sigh! Valid till 6/23.
Free $20 Easy Rebate for Buying $300 in Visa Gift Cards
Per Dan’s Deal, you can get a $20 rebate (and over 2,000 UR points if you use CSP or Ink card) for buying $300 in gift cards. The idea is to buy 2 $200 gift cards at $6.95 each and pocket ~$7 difference while earning the points, too. In-store only. Valid till 6/27.
$75 off $250 at Staples and Home Depot
I hate writing about targeted offers, because I rarely receive them, and it pisses me off. But this offer is so good that I feel I have to. It is good because it does NOT exclude gift cards, and so it would work fabulously with the previous $20 Rebate offer. Check your offers for AMEX business cards. Valid till 8/14.
Per this FT thread:
Get a $75 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to make a single purchase of $250+ in-store at BevMo, Gordon Food Service, The Home Depot, Jetro/Restaurant Depot, Staples, or Total Wine & More by 8/14/2015. Limit 5 statement credits. See terms. Terms Valid in-store only. Excludes phone orders. Valid at any participating location in the US. Enrollment limited. Offer is non-transferable. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards are eligible for this offer. Limit 5 statement credits per American Express online account. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Staples Exclusions: Quill , Smilemaker, Staples Business Advantage, Staples 4 Government, Staples Toner Services, Staples Technology Solutions, Staples Promotional Products, Staples Print Solutions, Staples Contract and Commercial, Staples App Center, Staples Industrial, Staples Book Rental, and Staples Simplexity. Home DepotExclusions: Your Other Warehouse, HD Direct, Decorators Collection, and At Home Services are excluded. Home Depot Foundation is excluded. Home Depot Car Washes and Gas Stations are excluded. Custom Blinds are excluded.
2% cashback on AMEX Prepaid Gift Cards Tomorrow
The deal is on Simply Best Coupons and it’s valid for 1 day only. Make sure not to use special codes for reducing the fee or free shipping since it might invalidate coupons. It’s a great deal, but Shawn offers a couple more cautions in this Frequent Miler post.
And last but not the least…
All free miles and points offers from my own post, except AA, are still valid (tested today)
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