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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
American Express is offering increased sign-up bonuses for three of its co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards. The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card usually come with sign-up bonuses of around 30,000 or 35,000 miles, but those bonuses have been boosted to 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Meanwhile, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card is offering 60,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
While Delta has recently made some negative changes to the SkyMiles program, there are still plenty of sweet spots that offer great value. TPG lists SkyMiles at 1.2 cents apiece in June’s Monthly Valuations, so 50,000 points is worth about $600. That could get you as many as five round-trip flights between certain destinations using Delta’s new discounted awards for 5,000 miles each way.
Here are the details of the current offers:
Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card
Sign-up Bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months, and earn a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
Key Benefits: Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases, and 1 mile per dollar elsewhere. Get Zone 1 priority boarding and a free checked bag on Delta flights for you and up to 8 companions traveling on the same reservation. Save 20% on eligible in-flight purchases (like food and entertainment). No foreign transaction fees. The business version also comes with Amex OPEN Savings benefits.
Annual Fee: $95 (waived the first year)
Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
Sign-up Bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus miles (plus 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles) after spending $2,000 in the first three months, and earn a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
Key Benefits: Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases, and 1 mile per dollar elsewhere. Earn 10,000 MQMs after spending $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, and another 10,000 MQMs after spending $50,000 on the card in a calendar year. Get a domestic main cabin companion certificate each year upon card renewal. Get Zone 1 priority boarding and a free checked bag on Delta flights for you and up to 8 companions traveling on the same reservation. Save 20% on eligible in-flight purchases (like food and entertainment). No foreign transaction fees.
Annual Fee: $195
All three cards come with other benefits like discounted Delta SkyClub access ($29 per person) and a Medallion Qualification Dollar waiver when you make at least $25,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year.
In general, I think the Gold Cards are best for casual travelers who aren’t concerned with elite status. The free checked bag benefit alone can make up for the annual fee with just two round-trips per year. The Platinum card is a great option for more frequent flyers who live in a Delta hub or commonly fly on routes that are well served by Delta. The MQM bonus is a great way to earn or maintain Medallion status, and the companion certificate can easily cover the higher annual fee.
Who Is Eligible?
American Express states explicitly that sign-up bonuses are not available to applicants who have or have had the same product in the past. This is a pretty standard blanket policy instituted by American Express last year. However, you’re still eligible for the business version of a card even if you have (or have previously had) the personal version, and vice versa.
If you haven’t already earned a bonus for these cards, this is a great opportunity to sign up, as these bonuses are as high as the public offers typically get.
If you have any questions or you’re not sure which card suits you best, let us know in the comments below.
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|None||15.49%-19.49% Variable||$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95||0%||Excellent Credit|