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Well, after being in Delta's FF program for a while, I decided to sign up for the Delta SkyMiles Amex/Optima Gold Card. What really did it for me was the Bonus 10,000 FF miles (40% of a free trip US/Canada) just for paying the annual fee of $75. I considered this a good deal after comparing it to their regular card ($55 annual fee/5,000 bonus miles for signup) and reading industry analyst estimates that to an airline, 100 FF miles ~ $1.00 in their promotions and giveaways, so this was like getting something for nothing. I figured if nothing else, I will use the hell out of the card for 12 months and then cancel it - especially when I got a notice in the mail last week that the annual fee is going up to $85 next year.

There are some nice perks to the card, such as the usual $1 charged = 1 FF mile , 2FF miles for each $ spent on a Delta ticket (1.5 miles if regular skymile card). You can also get 1,000 extra FF miles on each flight simply by booking the flight through Delta's web page (500 miles) and requesting an e-ticket (500 more miles). This is certainly advantageous to Delta rather than paying 10% to a travel agent, but this discussion is starting to get off topic into a FF program discussion, so back on topic........

TMF2Aruba mentions in the Credit Card section of the Fool how he has been able to get the CC company to send him a $50 certificate each year to reimburse him the annual fee. Has anyone tried this with Amex/Delta and been successful? I tried before taking the card to no avail. If you have been successful, what are the magic words? If not, what is the likelihood of cancelling the card, reapplying a month later, and getting the bonus miles all over again?

Thanks in advance (huh huh huh)
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