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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, Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
If you’ve been waiting for a no-fee Delta card that earns points for more than just flights, Amex has just delivered an option. On Wednesday, Amex introduced the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, which joins the existing lineup of Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards.
You can apply for this card now, and like other Delta cards, this Amex will earn 2x miles on Delta purchases. It will also earn 2x miles on purchases at US restaurants; this sets it apart from the majority of co-branded airline cards, which typically only offer bonus miles for spending with the designated carrier. You’ll earn 1 mile per dollar on everything else, and the card has no annual fee.
It also gets you 20% off eligible, in-flight, Delta purchases, awarded as a statement credit. The bonus is 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $500 on the card in the first three months. That points haul is worth $120 based on TPG’s valuations, and the minimum spending requirement is on the low side compared to most other airline credit cards out there.
If you’re looking to earn the most SkyMiles possible and/or work toward Delta elite status, this card’s relatively meager bonus isn’t the best option. The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, with a $95 fee that’s waived the first year, is also offering a bonus of: 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Finally, with the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express ($450 annual fee), you’ll earn 40,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
Most of the existing Delta Amex cards are targeted toward frequent Delta flyers who value elite-like perks, if not elite status itself. Amex and Delta are clearly positioning the new Blue Delta Amex as an option for those who are relatively new to the points and miles game, as it waives an annual fee and offers relatively few perks — no free baggage or priority boarding like you’ll find on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. Still, the 2x miles on spending at US restaurants is a nice bonus, especially for a no-fee card, and you aren’t earning fewer miles on Delta purchases with the Blue Amex than you would with other Delta cards.
What are your thoughts on this new Delta Amex card?