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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 sign-up 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 sign-up bonus isn’t the best option. With the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, for example, you can earn 35,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs toward elite status after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. That card has a $195 annual fee, but it also offers additional perks like an annual companion certificate. The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, with a $95 fee that’s waived the first year, is also offering a better sign-up bonus: 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months plus a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase 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?
This brand new no-fee Delta card offers 2x miles on Delta purchases, 2x miles on purchases at US restaurants and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. While more airline cobranded cards only offer bonus miles for spending with the designated carrier, this new product is a great addition to the current Delta offerings.
- Earn 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- No Annual Fee.
- Earn 2 miles per dollar at US restaurants.
- Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
- Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
- Terms Apply.
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