25,000 Skymiles retention offer

I applied for the Delta Skymiles Business Card last year due to the 25,000 Skymiles with 5,000 counting as MQMs after the first purchase as well as an additional 30,000 Skymiles with 15,000 counting as MQMs after $5,000 in purchases in 3 months. The annual fee was not waived.

The year mark is up and I received a statement with the now $195 annual fee charge. I called American Express to cancel the card and was offered 25,000 Skymiles to keep the card. I had intended to just cancel the card and was caught off guard with such a large offer.

I gladly took it as I’m stockpiling miles to take my family to Australia and figure I can get $195 worth of value this year by taking advantage of the Complimentary Companion Ticket along with the numerous American Express special offers (for example $15 off $75 at Home Depot).

I’m providing this information as a data point as you juggle the value of continually paying an annual fee and picking up some extra Skymiles as a retention offer.


  1. Can you give me just a ballpark on annual spend on that card….I put on over 25K and had to beg and plead to get 5K….

  2. What’d you say to them I tried both the personal and business card and both reps said they don’t offer redemption offers?

  3. @matt – all I said is that I don’t use the card that often and was looking to cancel and then he offered 25k to keep it

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