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Many of Delta’s personal and business Amex credit cards are currently offering an elevated welcome bonus that includes both bonus miles after meeting a spending requirement and a statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months. The spending requirement is pretty straightforward, but what exactly qualifies as a Delta purchase? Fortunately, there are a lot more types of purchases that are eligible besides just ticket purchases.

Unlike the airline incidental credit that comes with The Platinum Card® from American Express and other premium Amex credit cards, practically any purchase made from and charged by Delta should trigger the statement credit. This includes:

  • Ticket purchases (including the taxes and fees on award tickets)
  • Change fees
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Overweight/oversize baggage fees
  • Seat assignment fees
  • Pet flight fees
  • Sky Club day passes and annual memberships
  • In-flight food and beverage purchases

If you fly Delta often, you probably shouldn’t have much trouble making one of these purchases in your first three months of card membership. However, you’re not out of luck if you don’t have any Delta flights coming up.

Although gift cards are specifically excluded in the terms and conditions, reports suggest that some Delta gift card purchases will trigger the credit, so you may be able to trigger the credit without even leaving your home. As is the case with the airline incidental fee credit that comes with the Platinum Amex, Delta e-gift card purchases made using the desktop site (not the mobile site) usually count. There is a $50 minimum to purchase a Delta gift card, but they never expire so even if you don’t have immediate use for it, you can should have no trouble redeeming it down the line. You can also use up to three Delta gift cards on a single booking at (and possibly more if you call in, though your mileage may vary on that).

You might notice that in-flight internet was excluded from the list above. Since Wi-Fi passes are sold by Gogo, they do not count as eligible purchases. Likewise, purchases made from the Delta Shop do not count, as it’s run by a third party.

You’ll get the full $50 statement credit regardless of how small or large your eligible Delta purchase is (read: you don’t need to spend $50 to get the credit). The terms state that the credit will post automatically within eight to 12 weeks after an eligible charge, though it usually posts much sooner than that.

The statement credit is available as a welcome bonus on the personal and business Gold and Platinum Delta branded Amex cards, such as the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. In addition to the statement credit, you can earn up to 80,000 SkyMiles after meeting minimum spending requirements depending on which card you apply for. The elevated welcome bonuses are only available through July 2, so if you’re interested in taking advantage of them, you’ll want to do so sooner rather than later.

Featured photo by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.


For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve, click here.
For rates and fees of the  Amex Platinum, click here.

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