Earn up to 70,000 SkyMiles With These Delta Card Offers
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
As of today, two Delta co-branded cards are offering elevated sign-up bonuses. Now through July 5, 2017, you can earn 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express in the first four months, and 70,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs when you spend $4,000 on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express in the first four months. When you make a Delta purchase with these cards in the first four months, you’ll also earn a statement credit: $100 with the Platinum SkyMiles Card, and $50 with the Gold SkyMiles Card.
Is it worth it?
These latest offers are higher than the elevated bonuses we saw last year around the same time — we’re talking an extra 10,000 miles for each card. And compared to the standard offers, you’re looking at an even bigger points bonus; with the Gold SkyMiles Card, you’ll usually get just 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first three months (plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months), and with the Platinum SkyMiles Card, the standard bonus is 35,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs after you spend $1,000 in the first three months (plus a $100 statement credit for making a Delta purchase in the first three months).
From a miles-earning perspective, now’s definitely an opportune to sign up for either card. But how much value can you expect to get from these sign-up bonuses? TPG pegs Delta SkyMiles at 1.2 cents apiece, meaning the Gold SkyMiles Card’s 60,000-mile bonus is worth $720, while the Platinum SkyMiles Card’s 70,000-miles offer is worth $840. Of course, it’s possible to get even more value out of your miles when you redeem them for an itinerary — especially in a premium cabin — with a high cash price. Either of these sign-up bonuses is enough for a round-trip domestic flight in the main cabin, among other redemption options. Delta no longer publishes an award chart, but if you’re looking for inspiration and aren’t starting with a balance of zero, check out this post on maximizing 100,000 SkyMiles.
In deciding whether either of these cards make sense for you, you’ll also want to consider their benefits beyond the sign-up bonus. With the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, you get some basic elite-like perks, such as a first bag checked free for you and up to eight companions on the same reservation, priority boarding and 20% off in-flight purchases. You also get reduced-fee access to Delta Sky Clubs for you and two companions. This card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year, and no foreign transaction fees. You earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card has a higher annual fee of $195, but it also offers some more premium perks. In addition to a free first checked bag and the other benefits mentioned above for the Gold SkyMiles Card, you get an annual companion certificate for round-trip domestic travel in the main cabin each year after renewing your card. If you’re hoping to earn elite status in the SkyMiles program, this card could make sense, since you’ll earn Medallion® Qualifying Miles (MQMs) both as part of the sign-up bonus and for meeting certain spending thresholds (10,000 MQMs and 10,000 redeemable miles after you spend $25,000 in a calendar year, plus another 10,000 MQMs and redeemable miles after you spend $50,000 in a calendar year).
If you were already considering signing up for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card or the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card, now’s a perfect time to do so. And if you’re simply in need of some extra SkyMiles or could use the perks these cards offer, the elevated bonuses only sweeten the deal. Make sure you take action by July 5, when these elevated offers will end.
Will you be taking advantage of either of these offers?