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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
If you’re a Delta flyer, now could be a great time to apply for these two business credit cards from Amex, as they’re offering higher than usual welcome bonuses. Currently, you can earn 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express and 70,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $5,000 in the first three months with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express.
Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card
Typically, this card has a welcome bonus of 30,000 miles when you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current offer gets you 20,000 extra miles (though you do have to spend $1,000 more). Based on TPG’s valuations, those extra miles are worth $240, and the entire 50,000-mile bonus is worth $600. While Delta no longer publishes its award charts, depending on your travel dates you could use the bonus to book a round-trip economy flight within the US. Also note that, as with the standard welcome bonus, you can earn a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first three months.
The Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card earns you 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. You also get priority boarding on Delta flights, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases. This card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card
This card’s standard welcome bonus is 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 SkyMiles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, but with the current offer you can earn 10,000 MQMs and 70,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in the first three months. You’ll also get a $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase with the card in the first three months.
The limited-time welcome offer does require spending significantly more to earn the miles and MQMs, but it could be worth it. Based on TPG’s valuations, 70,000 SkyMiles are worth $840, and if you can find the lowest redemption rate, that’s enough to book a one-way business-class award from the US to Europe (for 62,500 miles).
While this card has a higher annual fee of $195 that’s not waived the first year, it can be a great pick if you’re working toward Delta elite status. If you were to earn the current welcome bonus with 10,000 MQMs, you’d be 40% of the way to Delta SkyMiles Silver Medallion, which requires 25,000 MQMs. Plus, with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card, you can earn additional MQMs when you meet certain spending thresholds. If you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, you’ll earn 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles, and if you spend $50,000 in a calendar year, you’ll earn another 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 bonus miles. If you were to meet the highest spending threshold after earning 10,000 MQMs from the current welcome bonus, you’d have 30,000 MQMs — 20,000 MQMs short of Gold Medallion status.
Beyond the welcome bonus and the ability to earn MQMs toward elite status, this card offers priority boarding, a free checked bag and 20% off in-flight purchases. Cardholders also get a companion certificate for a round-trip domestic economy flight each year upon card renewal. You’ll still have to pay taxes and fees, but these max out at $75.
American Express only lets you earn a welcome bonus once per card, so if you’ve yet to apply for either of these, now’s a great time to do so. You’ll earn 20,000 more miles than usual with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card, and you’ll earn 35,000 more miles than usual with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card. With that latter card, you’ll also earn 10,000 MQMs toward elite status, putting you well on your way to Silver Medallion.
Will you be applying for either of these cards?
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
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