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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
Delta’s Amex cards offer elevated welcome bonuses on a pretty regular basis. Several months after the last round of higher bonuses ended in November, they’re back now through April 11 for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Amex.
The offers are identical to what we saw last time around, so now’s a great time to apply if you missed the last opportunity to earn a higher bonus:
Gold Delta Amex
With this card, you’ll earn 50,000 SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit after 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 Delta miles, boosting your total to 60,000 miles from the welcome bonus.
Based on our valuations, 60,000 SkyMiles are worth $720. The standard welcome bonus is 30,000 SkyMiles after $1,000 spent in three months, so if you meet the two spending requirements by the first six months you’ll be getting double the miles. Delta doesn’t publish an award chart so you’ll have to search your desired dates to find the cost of a specific award flight, but depending on the dates 60,000 miles should be enough for a round-trip economy award from the US to Europe.
The Gold Delta Amex earns 2x miles on Delta purchases, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. You also get some travel benefits, including a free checked bag, priority boarding and 20% off in-flight purchases. There’s a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year, and no foreign transaction fees. Note that the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express is offering the same elevated bonus.
Platinum Delta Amex
The more premium Platinum Delta Amex (with a $195 annual fee that isn’t waived the first year, and no foreign transaction fees) is once again offering 70,000 SkyMiles, 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and a $100 statement credit when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. Unlike with the Gold Delta Amex, there’s only one spending requirement to meet — this bonus isn’t tiered.
You get a bit more value ($120, based on our valuations) thanks to the 10,000 extra miles compared to the Gold card’s bonus, and this card also has some extra perks, along with the same ones offered by the Gold card. Each year after you renew your card, you’ll get a companion certificate good for round-trip domestic travel in the main cabin, with taxes and fees capped at $75.
If you’re working toward Delta elite status, you can also take advantage of the MQMs from the bonus to help lock in your elite qualification. Additionally, the card offers 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 bonus MQMs for spending $25,000 in a calendar year, and another 10,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $50,000 in the same year. You can currently get the same welcome bonus with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express.
You have a bit of time to decide whether either of these offers is worth it, as they’ll be sticking around till April 11. But if you were already planning on applying, you’re getting even more miles for meeting the spending requirements.
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