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The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has just added an extra incentive for those looking to apply for the card in the next few months – Lyft credits.
Delta has had a partnership with Lyft since May 2017 with the following benefits and earning structure:
- One mile per dollar spent on all rides, with unlimited mileage earning
- New rider $20 credit broken down into two $10 Lyft ride credits
- All Lyft rides are all eligible to earn miles including Lyft Line, Classic, Plus and Premier
Now there’s another way to earn a few more SkyMiles.
Here’s The Deal
Everyone who signs up for the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express before 18 October 2018 will have the following two added benefits:
- Enhanced earnings on Lyft rides in the US for the first 6 months of card membership (2 miles/dollar)
- Up to $50 in statement credits on US Lyft charges made within the first 6 months of card membership.
This promotion comes on top of the existing sign-up offer of 10,000 Delta SkyMiles after spending $500 in the first 3 months of card membership.
The other main card features are as follows:
- No annual fee
- Earn 2 miles/dollar on Delta purchases
- Earn 2 miles/dollar at US restaurants
- 20% credit on Delta in-flight food, beverage and audio headset purchases
The normal Amex page doesn’t appear to be showing this offer but you can apply for the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express via delta.com/lyftamex and you’ll see the benefits outlined above.
For a card that’s free this really isn’t too bad of an offer but its worth bearing in mind that the 2x earnings on Lyft charges shouldn’t play any part in helping you to decide if you should get this card. Here’s why:
- The 2x earnings are only applicable to charges made in the first 6 months – that’s hardly a long time
- Amex Membership Rewards Points (MRP) transfer over to SkyMiles in a ratio of 1:1 so any spending you make on Amex cards that earn 2 or more MRPs per dollar will match what this card offers…and they won’t limit you to a 6 month timeframe.
It’s also worth noting that, even if the $50 credit looks tempting (the card is free after all), I wouldn’t apply for the card if you’ve opened a few cards in the past 12-24 months.
$50 is nice but it’s hardly life changing and with Chase sticking hard and fast to its 5/24 rule on a lot of its more desirable cards I wouldn’t wasn’t you to go ahead with an application that may later prevent you from applying for a far more lucrative sign-up offer.
All that aside however, if you haven’t applied for any cards recently, you pay off your balance every month and you use Lyft reasonably often then go for it – essentially it’s a free $50 🙂