Why I Signed Up for my 17th Credit Card!

No, I promise that’s not a click bait title, I really did just sign up (and got approved) for my 17th credit card. While everyone of my friends and family think that I’m a little bit crazy for having so many credit cards, you (the saavy reader on this blog) know that credit cards are one of the easiest ways to rack up a S#!% ton of miles for the least time/money investment. There’s an awesome limited time offer right now that should grab your attention.

Ben and I have wanted to head back to Australia again soon, and using miles to get there has always been a challenge. The easiest way that we’ve ever flow was on Virgin Australia in business class. You can read about those reviews here and here, but suffice it to say, we’re going to do it again very, very soon.

Virgin 777-300 in Brisbane

Delta miles have always been (at least for me) one of the best ways to get to and from Australia, and while the space for tickets is much like a unicorn, it DOES exist.

Virgin Australia Delta Miles

I, for one, will happily pay an extra 20,000 miles to fly in that awesome Virgin plane over the Delta One experience.

Delta and American Express have issued one of their best offers that we’ve seen, ever, for the new Delta Platinum Amex card. 70,000 miles after signup and a small spend in the first 3 months. Here’s the full details of the card:

  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion┬« Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires on 11/8/2017.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle into your seat sooner with Priority Boarding.

Bonus Miles Galore

For signup you’ll get 70,000 miles. You’ll also get another 10,000 MQM (which I really needed to get my Platinum status back). Those 70k miles get me alllllllmost all of the way there to get that ticket to Australia in comfort (no one enjoys spending 15 hours in coach).

Buy one Get one Free Ticket

One of the unstated features of the credit card is the buy-one-get-one free ticket every year. It’s good for almost any travel in the continental 48 states, and saves us hundreds of dollars every year that we go back to see the family for Christmas. Those tickets easily go for $700+ so that’s a massive savings.

Delta One Business Class Seat

The Gold card is good too…

If you’ve already got the platinum card, the Gold Delta card is just as good. It offers 50,000 miles at signup for a $2,000 spend. The 10,000 bonus miles are there, but they aren’t MQM. Also, the discount is $50 on your first Delta purchase instead of $100, but the card is a great solid card to hold, especially if you fly Delta or want those Skymiles for Business Class flights!

Act Fast

Don’t wait too long because this is a Limited Time Offer and will end soon. The current date on the books is November 8th, but Amex has been known to pull offers before then. You can sign up by clicking here, the Credit Cards link at the top of the page, or just below in the Limited Time Offers section.

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. It might be good to mention that AmEx does limit the number of AmEx cards you can own. I think I’m maxed out with them already–Gold Rewards, Business Blue, Delta Gold business, SPG business & personal). Plus I can’t apply for any personal cards, at all, until next spring, to get under 5/24 so I can apply for more Chase cards (ultimately need Freedom and CSR to to round out my wallet).

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