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Enormous Sign-Up Bonuses from American Airlines and Delta

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These two sign-up bonuses are out-of-the-ordinary enough to deserve their own post. We’ll keep it brief.


The Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles card is offering 60,000 SkyMiles: enough to get you a round-trip ticket to Europe from anywhere in the USA. You’ll have to spend $3,000 in four months, and you’ll also earn a $50 statement credit after making a purchase of any amount from Delta during that time.


If you’re frugal, meeting the minimum spending requirements can often be tough. A new service, Plastiq, allows you to pay rent, mortgage, and pretty much anything else with a credit card for a 2.5% fee. That’s often a great value specifically when earning a sign-up bonus. Use code 724005 to get $500 “fee-free dollars.” This expires on 7/5/2017, or 7/26 if you use our link.

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In addition, Citibank is offering 60,000 American AAdvantage miles on the Platinum Select card. Again, you’ll have to spend $3,000 in the first three months. American runs a pretty frustrating awards system. Award travel across the Atlantic is virtually always on British Airways, which imposes about $700 in “fuel surcharges” that defeat the purpose of paying with points. AA miles go a long way domestically, though. Look out for upcoming articles describing this author’s free first-class travel from South Carolina to California to New York all on American.


There are some unique perks of being with Citibank. Card-specific, you’ll get 10% back on all points redemptions. My favorite Citi benefit is the “Price Rewind” feature. After you make a purchase, enter the item name and price through Citi’s portal and upload an image of the receipt. Citi will spend 60 days scouring the web for a cheaper price. If they find the same item listed for $75 when you’ve paid $100, for example, they’ll send you a check for the difference: $25. This benefit and more are also available through the free, 2% cashback card, Citi Double Cash.


Both of these cards carry a $95 annual fee after the first 12 months. It’ll be up to you whether that’s worth it: check out our article on canceling cards before making any drastic moves, though.


Taking advantage of offers like this are what has allowed me to travel for free three times across the Atlantic and back (with plenty more trips to come). Feel free to write us with questions!


Featured photo from the ever-inspirational Miles to Memories.

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