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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 ExpressPlatinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve® Credit Card from American ExpressGold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American ExpressPlatinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve for Business Credit Card

If you’ve been wistfully eyeing one of Delta’s increasingly frequent award sales — such as round-trip tickets to Australia for only 44,000 miles — but don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, then boy do we have some good news for you: Now through July 2, you can earn up to 80,000 SkyMiles with the welcome bonuses on both the personal and business Delta Amex cards. Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, but if you’re flexible enough to wait for one of these award sales you can score some incredible redemptions.

Card Welcome Bonus Annual Fee/Foreign Transaction Fee
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 60k miles after you spend $2k in the first 3 months $0 for the first year, then $95; no foreign transaction fees
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 70k miles after you spend $4k in the first 3 months $0 for the first year, then $95; no foreign transaction fees
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 75k miles + 5k MQMs after you spend $3k in the first 3 months $195; no foreign transaction fees
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 80k miles + 5k MQMs after you spend $6k in the first 3 months $195; no foreign transaction fees
Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express 75k miles + 5k MQMs after you spend $5k in the first 3 months $450; no foreign transaction fees
Delta Reserve® for Business Credit Card from American Express 80k miles + 5k MQMs after you spend $6k in the first 3 months $450; no foreign transaction fees

Gold Delta Amex and Gold Delta Business Amex

The entry-level Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is offering 60,000 miles after new card holders spend $2,000 in the first 3 months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. Meanwhile the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express is offering 70,000 miles after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.

Both cards have a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year and no foreign transaction fees, and they both offer card holders a first bag checked free on Delta flights, plus priority boarding and 20% off inflight purchases on Delta. Both versions of the Gold Delta Amex earn 2x miles on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

Based on TPG’s valuations, 60,000 SkyMiles are worth $720 and 70,000 are worth $840, but it’s possible to get much more value out of your miles. If we look at this bonus in the context of some of Delta’s recent award sales, these miles might be enough for seven domestic round-trip tickets or a round-trip Comfort+ ticket to South America.

Platinum Delta Amex and Platinum Delta Business Amex

One step up annual fee and benefits-wise, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is now offering 75,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) to new card holders who spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, plus a $100 statement credit for making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express is offering 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $6,000 in the first 3 months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.

The personal and business Platinum Delta Amex have a higher annual fee of $195 that isn’t waived the first year, but it also offers more benefits than the Gold Delta Amex, including an annual companion certificate that can be used for travel in the main cabin. With this certificate, your companion travels with you for free minus taxes and fees that max out at $75. You can also earn MQMs toward Delta elite status with this card. In addition to the 5,000 MQMs you’ll earn from the welcome bonus, you can earn 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 redeemable miles after you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, plus another 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 redeemable miles after spending $50,000 in a calendar year.

TPG’s valuations peg 75,000 miles at $900 and 80,000 miles at $960, and with that sum you’ll want to keep an eye out for international SkyMiles award sales. If you already have some SkyMiles in your account, you might be able to use this bonus to book Delta One to Europe. We recently saw a flash sale that priced these awards as low as 86,000 miles each way.

Delta Reserve and Delta Reserve for Business

The top-of-the-line personal credit card in this lineup is the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express. Like the Platinum Delta Amex, it’s offering 75,000 SkyMiles and 5,000 MQMs, however you’ll need to spend $5,000 in the first 3 months vs. $3,000 on the Platinum version. The Delta Reserve® for Business Credit Card from American Express is offering 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after you spend $6,000 in the first 3 months.

Both versions of this card have a $450 annual fee, but they also have the most benefits. These include complimentary Delta Sky Club access when you’re flying Delta, and you can bring in up to two guests at a discounted rate of $29 per person. You also get an annual companion certificate, but unlike the version available to Platinum Delta Amex card holders, this one can be used for first-class travel.

Finally, the Delta Reserve offers you the ability to earn MQMs toward Delta elite status by meeting spending thresholds. You’ll earn 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 redeemable miles when you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year, and another 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 redeemable miles when you spend $60,000 in a calendar year.

Bottom Line

Delta SkyMiles tend to have a bad reputation because of the dynamic pricing scheme Delta uses for awards. While it’s true that TPG values SkyMiles the lowest of any of the major US airlines, things are definitely starting to change. Delta award sales are becoming much more frequent, with more destinations and cabins available at discounted prices, and United’s decision to also move to dynamic award pricing makes SkyMiles look much more attractive by comparison.

This is not the first time we’ve seen elevated welcome bonuses on the personal Delta Amex credit cards, but in many ways this is the most attractive the offer has ever looked. If you’ve let this deal pass you by the last time it was offered, just ask yourself: do you really want to miss out on the next award sale? Delta is now consistently offering at least one domestic and one international sale a month, and it’s anyone’s guess where the next one could take you.

 

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