It is not all about credit card applications anymore and I’m glad to see SunTrust back in the game with a check card deal. Although not as lucrative as past SunTrust promos, or as filled with holes ;), this offers a solid opportunity for those with lower credit scores to play the frequent miles game.
The promotion offers 15,000 Delta SkyMiles for opening a qualifying checking account ($100 minimum) and another 15,000 miles for establishing a direct deposit (of at least $100) into the account. The check card cost is $75 and monthly fees exist depending on which type of checking account you open with SunTrust. I have no word yet on authorized users also receiving a separate bonus.
The promotion lasts until June 30, 2012; so the window is short to get started. I have spoken to the branch manager at the Hilton Head Island branch and they will only be accepting walk-in applicants. It seems their last venture into the check card game was not as they had planned and they have tightened their restrictions. There is evidence on the Flyertalk thread that some are opening accounts by phone from locations other than the Suntrust footprint states.
Check out the landing page for the Delta SkyMiles World Check Card promo. If you are unable to apply for credit cards (or you’re looking for some extra SkyMiles), this opportunity may work for those of you in the footprint of a SunTrust bank branch, OR a reader may find a branch willing to take mail in applications.
PS: There is a business version of the check card as well at 25K for $120.
I wanted to let you know we got an update from the AAdvantage team on the post last week about losing miles with a closed Citi credit card. The CSR and supervisor were incorrect and no miles would be lost. Thanks to the AAdvantage team for confirming this and working with Citi to train their teams.
Deal of the Day
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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49