A friend signed up for the Delta Skymiles card not too long ago. She had to spend $3,000 and out of that, she spent $2,000 of it at a grocery store (you already know for what.) She got the bonus and spent the miles already on a redemption. Then the other day, she got this email:
We are writing to let you know that, unfortunately, you are not eligible to receive the Welcome Bonus for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.
Activity on your account indicates an effort to reach the Welcome Bonus spend requirement in a manner that is not consistent with the terms of your Cardmember Agreement.
Please recall that the “How Your Reward Program Works” section of the Cardmember Agreement states:
No word on what’s going to happen here since the Skymiles have been redeemed already and she has a ticket. Maybe AMEX is able to take the Skymiles and leave her with a negative balance? I don’t know.
I had known that the RAT team was looking at MS for the signup bonuses (like from giftcards.com,) but never thought they were even looking into grocery spend. I guess the lesson learned is similar to the USB Altitude signup bonus – don’t even get close to anything that looks like MS.