Delta American Express 70,000 Mile Signup Bonus is Back

Three weeks ago American Express ran an offer with 70,000 Delta miles as a signup bonus for a new Skymiles American Express.

That offer is back: 25,000 miles after first purchase and then 45,000 more after $5000 in spend within 6 months — plus a $100 statement credit after first Delta purchase within three months, no fee the first year.

How to get this offer: Copy and paste this link, but change “John” to your first name, “Smith” to your last name, and “222222222” to your Skymiles number:

The offer didn’t last long in September and probably won’t last long now, so if this is attractive to you then it’s worth jumping on. I don’t love Skymiles, but 70,000 is a big signup bonus.

(Thanks to loyal reader Rob for the heads up and sharing the working link.)

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  1. I’m new to this “work the credit cards for miles” thing, and recently got a Delta Skymiles card, but before this bonus was issued (I think I’m getting 30,000 after $500, which I’ve spent already). Is it worth calling customer service to ask for this deal? If I do, is there anything in particular I should do / say (aside from being really nice!) to increase my chances?

  2. I think this is a good deal but currently doing other spend requirements so I am going for bonuses with no spend such as Chase Marriott and US Air MC…

  3. Should I apply even though I just did a churn which included another Amex card ~30 days ago? Or will I just get denied?

  4. I just got approved for their normal 40k offer a few weeks ago, how is AMEX at honoring a newer offer like this?

  5. Very odd, signup does not show an entry box for the first name or last name. First boxes are for middle initial (left) and (full name on card) right.

  6. Dead? Even after ignoring the lack of name entry boxes (based on another blogs advice)…
    “We’re sorry, the system is down and we were unable to process your request at this time. “

  7. Any ideas on whether a phone call to AmEx might work? And which phone #? The website form seems to be dysfunctional — won’t take First Name — and there’s even a typo near the bottom when American isn’t capitalized (a surprising typo given the importance of brands, …).


  8. Darn. “We’re sorry, the system is down and we were unable to process your request at this time.”

  9. @Stephanie – Unlike Chase, my experience with American Express is that they refuse to give you the better offer. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt to call, though.

  10. @CK – Ignore the odd box (First name Middle Initial). Fill in the rest and continue to next page, you will have your First and Last name right as it is fetched from URL. If you find any error you select “back” and correct it. I did it and got approved.

  11. On my Mac, I got the same error in Firefox. But I submitted the application using Safari and it worked!

  12. I have an insurance payment for 3K coming up and this would be perfect except they don’t accept Amex. arggghhh And no other offers are as enticing.

  13. Tried to get this one last time it popped up a few weeks ago but it died by the time I tried. Good to see it back, a little unnerving that it’s a 14 day verification period. Guess I’ll be calling in to check it out.

  14. @Zach Is the AMEX cards churn period two years from your previous application date, or account closing date?

  15. It’s dead on 10/23, no idea when it actually ended.

    Used the card to purchase a sandwich on a flight, $8.50 – 20% for using a Skymiles AMEX (statement credit) then quickly the $100 statement credit for a Delta purchase posted. Very nice!

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