How I got a free ticket to Europe with Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express

Free trip to Europe

Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express
Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express

Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express

I carry the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express for businesses. I own a business because I went to the county clerk and paid $10 to file a “DBA” business certificate – that made me officially a business owner.  The Delta Airlines Skymiles Gold American Express card is very different from the generic gold American Express card. The Delta version’s annual fee is far cheaper and gives you great perks for traveling.

The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card provides benefits such as one free checked bag per flight and Main Cabin 1 priority boarding, as well as the opportunity to earn 75,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months.  It has an annual fee of $95.  The other version (the generic gold American Express card costs $250 per year).

I spent $3000 by pre-paying my health insurance for the entire year.

When I fly, I am always seeking flights for $99 or less.  I set a tracking command at to email me whenever a flight dips to $99 or less per direction.  My problem is, Delta charges for suitcases.  Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card gives each person in your reservation a free suitcase allowance, even in the cheapest class of ticket.

I use Award Hacker to find out what my 75,000 signup miles will buy.  For me, it was a round trip ticket to Europe. I also could have gotten a free ticket to Hawaii.

The amount of money I save, not having to pay for my baggage, pays for the $95 annual fee the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express costs.

Before applying for a credit card, you should have a good idea what your credit card score is.  I use Credit Karma to keep track of mine.

When you apply for a credit card, you are going to take a hit of 5 or 6 points on your Fico Score, but it will return to normal in a few months. The longer you keep a credit card alive, the higher your Fico Score goes. To get over 800 on your Fico Score you should have several credit cards alive. Never kill an unused credit card unless it’s costing you an annual fee to keep it alive.  Never cancel an American Express credit card until you have 2 years use on the card, because they can claw back your sign up bonus for killing it as soon as you get your sign up bonus.


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Dr. Anton Anderssen
Dr. Anton Anderssen has been published by USA Today, CBSnewsDetroit, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Mensa Bulletin, Broadway World, eTurboNews, Hawaii Tourism Association, HawaiiNews.Online, Michigan Journal, Examiner News and other news outlets. He won the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working writers organization, founded 1900 as The Detroit Press Club. He graduated With Highest Distinction from Indiana University (Comparative Literature), earned a Juris Doctor degree (Wayne State University), attended post-doctorate graduate classes in anthropology (University of Michigan), and earned a post-doctorate graduate degree in cultural anthropology (Wayne State University). He is a former concert pianist with Indiana University School of Music and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is a member of Mensa and several other high IQ organizations including Triple Nine Society, ISPE and The Prometheus Society. He specializes in high culture, and is of Scandinavian, British and Castilian heritage. He is The Supreme Historian for Knights of Equity, founded in 1895. He holds the legal title Lord of Hartforth in North Yorkshire, England, and is the direct blood descendant of the first Lord of Hartforth, documented in the Domesday Survey of 1086. He is the direct blood descendant of Plantagenet Kings of England and the Lords Kennedy of Scotland. He lives in Waikiki, Hawaii, Michigan, The Italian Riviera, London England, The Italian Alps, and Milan Italy. He is a docent at The Iolani Palace in Honolulu Hawaii, the only official royal residence in the United States.