This is from the Bestfares.com website. I want to state that I do not in any form or fashion encourage people to get a credit card. People that have a recent history of not paying off their credit cards every month should certainly not sign up for a credit card. However, if you happen to be in the market for a credit card, you can read before and find out how to earn 70,000 air miles for only $90. Very cool indeed.
Before we start, we must advise you that to earn 70,000 air miles on Delta you will need to sign up for three credit cards and also sign up for the frequent flyer programs of both Delta and Northwest.
All of this will take about an hour of your time, but if you have good credit and an extra $90 it can be well worth it.
As of today, Delta’s SkyMiles Awards permits you to fly two people to Hawaii, Central America and to cities in the northern part of South America.
For 60,000 air miles, you can fly two people to the Caribbean or Mexico.
For 50,000 air miles, you can earn two tickets for travel within the continental U.S., Alaska and Canada.
For 50,000 air miles, you can fly to Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina) or one of over 40 European destinations.
To see Delta’s SkyMiles Award mileage chart, please click here.
To accumulate 70,000 air miles on Delta, you will need to sign up for three different credit cards using the special links we have listed below. The three cards are the Northwest WorldPerks Visa Signature card, the Delta Gold SkyMiles card and the American Express Gold Business card. Please note that you do not need to be a business owner or even a business traveler to qualify for the American Express Gold Business Card.
There is a $90 fee for the first year for the Northwest WorldPerks card. Both the Delta and American Express cards waive the annual fee for the first year if you qualify using the special links we are providing.
I guess we should get the Northwest credit card out of the way first. Many of you may be wondering why you need to sign up for a Northwest credit card when you want to accumulate Delta air miles. The answer is MERGER! Currently, Delta and Northwest are in the final stages of their merger which will one larger airline under the Delta name.
As with all mergers we have seen in the past, when one airline merges with another their frequent flyer miles are transferred to the new airline. So if you sign up for the Northwest Airlines WorldPerks Visa Signature card, you will receive 20,000 air miles when the two airlines merge at the end of the year. The 20,000 miles you have with Northwest will be transferred to your existing Delta SkyMiles account.
To sign up for the Northwest frequent flyer program, please click here.
To see the perks and air miles you will earn by applying for the Northwest Airlines WorldPerks Visa Signature, including the 20,000 bonus air miles, please click here.
The second credit card you will need to sign up for is the American Express Gold Business card. You do not have to be a business owner or business traveler to qualify for this card.
Once you qualify for this card you will receive 5,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after your first purchase. To receive 20,000 additional bonus points, you will need to charge $1,000 on this card by October 31, 2008. Now folks, when you can use this card to buy groceries, gasoline or even Christmas gifts, this is not a hard challenge. American Express is also waiving their annual fee for the first year.
American Express also has tie-ins with several airlines where you can transfer your American Express points mile for mile to one of their airline partners. Guess who is one of their airline partners? If you guessed Delta, you win the big cigar.
It’s also not uncommon for American Express and Delta to offer up to 40% bonus miles if you transer your American Express points to your Delta frequent flyer account.
To sign up for American Express Membership Rewards, please click here.
To see benefits of the American Express Gold Business card and to apply, please click here.
The third credit card is Delta Gold SkyMiles credit card. You will first need to sign up for a free Delta frequent flyer membership. This credit card offers you 20,000 bonus miles when you sign up. You receive 10,000 bonus miles immediately and another 10,000 bonus “thank you” miles after you make your first purchase. Plus, if you add two additional family members to your card for free you will earn an additional 2,500 bonus miles per card giving you a grand total of 25,000 Delta SkyMiles. Delta is also waiving their annual fee for this credit card for the first year.
To sign up for Delta’s frequent flyer program, please click here.
For more details on the benefits and how to sign up for this credit card, please click here.
Now in summary, if you qualify for these three different credit cards you are on your way to 70,000 air miles. Here is the breakdown:
Sign up for Northwest Airlines WorldPerks Visa Signature card and transfer miles to Delta SkyMiles after merger Award miles – 20,000 Annual fee – $90 Sign up for American Express Gold Business card, charge $1,000 to card before October 31, 2008 and transfer miles to Delta Award miles – 25,000 Annual fee waived first year Sign up for Delta SkyMiles Gold card, add two additional family members to your account and receive 2,500 miles extra per person Award miles – 20,000 (plus 5,000 miles for two additional cardholders) Annual fee waived first year Total amount of awards 70,000 miles Total fees first year – $90