I took awhile thinking about whether to post this, and what to say. As a result, Lucky beat me to the punch on this one.
Delta is offering double miles on all credit card spend with their co-branded American Express products between July 1 and September 30 if you redeem an award of at least 10,000 miles, e.g. a 25,000 domestic coach saver award or a 10,000 mile redemption for cash and miles. (Registration required.)
Double miles is always tempting, and this one doesn’t appear to be capped like most Delta Amex promotions have been in the past. But it’s still not enough to tempt me to acquire a Delta American Express or to use one.
Say that I was going to put $100,000 in spend on a credit card during the promotion period. I’d earn 200,000 Delta miles. That’s great, but might get me one business class ticket to Asia (one-way at low, the other direction medium, for 180,000 miles). In theory it could get me two business class tickets to Europe (most likely if I can find availability on Air France).
On the other hand if I put that same $100,000 in spend on a Starwood American Express, I can transfer those points to Air Canada Aeroplan and I’ve got enough for a first class ticket (not business) to Asia with two stopovers, crossing the Atlantic or the Pacific or one ocean in each direction.
Or I’m 78% of the way towards 2 business class tickets to much of Europe.
Or I’m within 1000 miles of enough points transferred to ANA for two Virgin Upper Class tickets from the US to London.
And more importantly I’ve got the transfer flexibilitiy that points in Starwood entails, as opposed to having Delta miles.
Double miles is about the only thing that would tempt me to spend money on a Delta American Express, unless I was looking for elite qualifying miles based on credit card spend and I cared more about my elite qualification for domestic upgrades than award redemption. But leaving aside elite qualification, it’s a pretty easy calculation for me — not going to switch spending over to Delta for this product.
That said, if you have a Delta American Express card and you plan to use it anyway, register for this bonus because double miles are better than not.