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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
Two of Delta’s co-branded Amex credit cards are once again offering elevated welcome bonuses. You can earn up to 60,000 SkyMiles with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, and 70,000 SkyMiles with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.
Both of these cards have been offering increased bonuses on a pretty regular basis — the most recent instance was earlier this summer, when the Gold Card offered 60k miles and the Platinum Card offered 70k miles. However, the details of the current elevated welcome offers are slightly different this time around.
Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express
You’ll earn 50,000 SkyMiles with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card if you spend $2,000 in the first three months. If you spend an additional $1,000 in the first six months, you’ll get another 10,000 bonus miles — for a total of 60,000 bonus miles. (The previous elevated offer was for 60,000 SkyMiles after spending $3,000 in the first four months.) You’ll also get a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase with the card in the first three months — no minimum amount is specified. This same elevated bonus is available with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express.
As as reminder, the Gold Card earns you 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. Other perks include a free checked bag on Delta flights and priority boarding. The card has a $95 fee that’s waived the first year, and no foreign transaction fees.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express
The more premium Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card is currently offering 70,000 SkyMiles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. You’ll also get a $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. With the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express, you can also currently earn 70,000 miles, though you’ll need to spend $3,000 in the first three months. (The previous elevated 70,000-mile offer required spending $4,000 in the first four months.)
Like the Gold Card, this card offers 2x miles on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. You also get a first bag checked free and priority boarding on Delta flights. The main differences — the ones that warrant this card’s higher $195 annual fee — are a companion certificate that gets a friend or family member a free (minus taxes and fees) round-trip domestic economy ticket each year after you renew your card, and the ability to earn MQMs toward Delta elite status. This card also has no foreign transaction fees.
Are These Offers Worth It?
Based on TPG’s valuations, the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card’s elevated bonus of 60k miles (if you hit both minimum spending requirements, for a total of $3,000 in the first six months) is worth $720. The airline doesn’t publish award charts, but if you can find saver-level availability, 60,000 miles can get you a round-trip economy award from the US to Europe. Apart from the miles you’ll get with this card, you’ll enjoy some basic, elite-style perks thanks to the priority boarding and free checked bag. The 2x miles you’ll earn on Delta purchases equals a return of 2.4% (also based on TPG’s valuations), which isn’t spectacular, but it could make sense to get this card if earning SkyMiles is a top award-travel priority for you.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card’s 70,000-mile offer is worth $840, and that sum of miles can get you that same saver-level round-trip award to Europe with 10,000 miles left over to put toward your next award flight. If you’re working toward Medallion status, the 10,000 MQMs you’ll get with the welcome offer could come in handy — they’ll put you 40% toward the MQM requirement for Silver status. You can also earn an additional 10,000 MQMs (and 10,000 bonus redeemable SkyMiles) if you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, plus another 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 SkyMiles if you spend at least $50,000 on the card in a calendar year. If you were to hit that $50k threshold and earn the elevated bonus, you’d walk away with 30,000 MQMs.
It’s not exactly rare to see elevated welcome offers from these two cards, but it’s nice that they’re available once again if you happened to miss out last time. If you could use some SkyMiles toward an upcoming redemption or are hoping to log some extra MQMs toward status, these could be worth a look. Just make sure to apply by soon if you’re interested.
Will you be applying for either of these cards?