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Final day for Delta offers: Earn up to 110,000 SkyMiles with these welcome bonuses

Aug. 02, 2022
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.

Editor’s note: The limited-edition Boeing 747 Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card design was available while supplies lasted through Aug. 3, 2022 and is no longer offered at this time.

If you've been on the fence about the elevated welcome offers from Delta credit cards, the time to act is now. That's because these offers are disappearing in the next 24 hours.

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In addition to huge welcome offers — up to 110,000 bonus SkyMiles from one card alone — Delta and American Express have launched a limited-edition card design for the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card. You can get a card made (in part) of metal from a retired Delta 747 plane. (Here's why we think every aviation enthusiast should apply for this card.)

Read more: Want a piece of aviation history in your wallet? Here’s why you need to consider the new Delta card offers

Now, let’s dive into each offer and see which might be a good fit for you.

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Welcome offers overview

Here’s an overview of the offers at first glance:

Card Welcome bonus Annual fee Bonus value*
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express CardEarn 70,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. This offer ends on Aug. 3, 2022.$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99 (see rates & fees).$987.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express CardEarn 90,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. This offer ends on Aug. 3, 2022.$250 (see rates & fees).$1,269.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express CardEarn 100,000 bonus miles after $5,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. This offer ends on Aug. 3, 2022.$550 (see rates & fees).$1,410.
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express CardEarn 75,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. This offer ends on Aug. 3, 2022.$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99 (see rates & fees).$1,057.50.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express CardEarn 100,000 bonus miles after $4,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. This offer ends on Aug. 3, 2022.$250 (see rates & fees).$1,410.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express CardEarn 110,000 bonus miles after $6,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. This offer ends on Aug. 3, 2022.$550 (see rates & fees).$1,551.

* Bonus value is based on TPG valuations and is not provided or reviewed by the issuer.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

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Welcome bonus: Earn 70,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $987.

Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.

Earning rate: Earn 2 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Is this offer worth it?

This new welcome bonus is elevated compared to the standard offer. Also, it’s very easy to earn at only $2,000 in required spending over a three-month time frame to trigger the bonus miles. That alone makes the card compelling, especially since the annual fee is waived in the first year.

The Delta Gold Amex is a solid card for travelers who occasionally fly with Delta. You’ll get a first checked bag free, priority boarding, 20% off inflight purchases and a $100 Delta flight credit after you spend $10,000 in a calendar year.

Related: Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card review

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $1,269.

Annual fee: $250.

Earning rate: Earn 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases and at hotels (when booking direct), 2 miles per dollar at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets, and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Is this offer worth it?

This is among the highest welcome bonuses we’ve seen on the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex, as the previous bonus was a mere 50,000 miles. Even though past offers have included MQMs, this new one is much more valuable for most people.

The card itself is also pretty impressive. You’ll get an annual companion certificate each renewal for main cabin, round-trip travel, 10,000 MQMs toward elite status after you spend $25,000 (up to 20,000 MQMs per year), up to $100 in statement credits for Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fees (every four years for Global Entry and every 4.5 years for TSA PreCheck), and elite-like perks — including a first checked bag free, priority boarding and 20% off eligible inflight purchases.

Overall, if you fly Delta semi-regularly and are looking for a way to earn miles on purchases and score MQMs for elite status, this is a great card option. However, even if you aren’t going for status, the companion voucher by itself can go a long way in making the annual fee worth it for this card.

Related: Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card review

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

(Photo by Emilia Wronski/The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first three months. TPG values this bonus at $1,410.

Annual fee: $550.

Earning rate: Earn 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Is this offer worth it?

The Delta SkyMiles Reserve itself is the top-tier Delta Amex card available and thus comes with a high annual fee. However, you’ll get a slew of benefits, including:

  • Annual companion certificate each year upon card renewal for round-trip travel in first class, Comfort+, Premium Select or main cabin.
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club access when you fly Delta, plus two one-time guest passes each year.
  • 15,000 MQMs toward status when you spend $30,000, $60,000, $90,000 and $120,000 on the card in a calendar year.
  • Complimentary access to American Express Centurion Lounges when flying Delta with a ticket purchased on the card (up to two guests may also enter for a fee of $50 each).
  • A Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee credit up to $100 (every four years for Global Entry, every 4.5 years for TSA PreCheck).
  • Access to complimentary upgrades (for non-Medallions).
  • Get a first bag checked for free on Delta flights.
  • Priority boarding.
  • 20% off inflight purchases.

For loyal Delta flyers who enjoy visiting the Sky Club, this card can pay for itself with lounge access, MQM spending boosts and other benefits. However, for the occasional Delta traveler, the Platinum may be the better choice.

Delta Sky Club in Salt Lake City. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

In addition, applying for this new offer on the Delta Reserve card unlocks the ability to select a new, limited-time card art. The sleek design is made from 25% metal from a retired Delta Boeing 747.

Yes, aviation geeks, that means you could soon carry part of retired Delta ship #6307 in your wallet. This aircraft was in service for 27 years, flying 14,100 flights across about 68 million miles. Around 4 million passengers traveled on this Boeing 747 while it was in service.

Multiple attendees at Delta and Amex’s launch event for this card art in Atlanta questioned how long the design would be available. After all, while the limited edition card art is available through Aug. 3, 2022, there are a limited number of cards available. So if you really want the new card art, I wouldn’t delay.

Frankly, the new card art might even encourage me to add the Delta Reserve to my wallet despite being a loyal American Airlines Executive Platinum elite and already having Delta Sky Club lounge access when flying Delta through The Platinum Card® from American Express. After all, this is a unique opportunity, and my Delta SkyMiles balance is getting low.

Related: Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card review

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card

Delta business cards

The business versions of the cards currently have elevated welcome bonus offers, too. If you own a small business (or have a side hustle where you pay business expenses), one of these offers may be a great addition to your work wallet.

And remember that the Delta Reserve Business card also has the option to select the limited-edition card design.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

Welcome bonus: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $1,057.50.

Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.

Earning rate: Earn 2 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases, U.S. shipping and U.S. advertising, and 1 mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases.

Other card details:

  • First checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • $100 Delta flight credit after spending $10,000 in a calendar year.
  • Priority boarding.
  • 20% off inflight purchases.

Related: Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card review

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

Welcome bonus: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after $4,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $1,410.

Annual fee: $250.

Earning rate: Earn 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases, 1.5 miles per dollar on purchases over $5,000 (up to 50,000 miles per calendar year) and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Other card details:

  • Annual companion certificate each year upon card renewal for main cabin, round-trip travel.
  • 10,000 MQMs toward status when you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, plus an additional 10,000 MQMs when you spend $50,000 in a calendar year.
  • Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit (up to $100).
  • First checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Priority boarding.
  • 20% off inflight purchases.

Related: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card review

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card

(Photo by Emilia Wronski/The Points Guy)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

Welcome bonus: Earn 110,000 bonus miles after $6,000 in spending in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $1,551.

Annual fee: $550.

Earning rate: Earn 3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases, 1.5 miles per dollar on all purchases after spending $150,000 per calendar year, and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Other card details:

  • Annual companion certificate each year upon card renewal for round-trip travel in first class, Comfort+, Premium Select or main cabin.
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club access when you fly Delta, plus two one-time guest passes.
  • 15,000 MQMs toward status when you spend $30,000, $60,000, $90,000 and $120,000 on the card in a calendar year (up to 60,000 MQMs total).
  • Complimentary access to American Express Centurion Lounges when flying Delta with a ticket purchased on the card (up to two guests may also enter for a fee of $50 each).
  • A Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee credit (every four years for Global Entry, every 4.5 years for TSA PreCheck).
  • Access to complimentary upgrades (including non-Medallions).
  • First checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Priority boarding.
  • 20% off inflight purchases.

Like the personal version, you can also opt for the limited-edition card design made of 25% metal from a Delta 747.

Related: Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card review

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card

Are these business card offers worth it?

These cards mirror the consumer versions in a lot of ways. The only major ongoing differences are the spending categories — which are more business-oriented than the personal variations of the cards.

When looking at the welcome bonuses across both sets of cards, the business cards actually have more valuable offers, since they come with a higher number of SkyMiles. But, of course, choosing between a business card versus a consumer version will depend on whether you have an eligible business — and whether you’re looking to maximize miles on business spending or consumer spending.

Overall, though, if you are in the market for a Delta business credit card, the current limited-time welcome offers are worth applying for — especially if you’re interested in the limited-edition card design on the Delta Reserve.

Related: 5 ways you might be eligible for a business credit card without realizing it

Which Delta credit card is right for you?

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

With a full lineup of Delta cards offering elevated bonuses, you may wonder how to pick the best card offer for your needs. While it might be tempting to go after the one with the highest bonus offer — or the one made in part from a retired 747 — also consider its long-term value in your wallet.

For example, you may enjoy Delta’s in-flight experience but don’t typically fly with the airline enough in a normal travel year to justify a card with a higher annual fee. Or, if you’re primarily a solo traveler, you may not be able to consistently use the annual companion voucher that comes with the Platinum and Reserve versions of the card.

In this case, you may opt for the Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex to help earn miles and enjoy some elite-like perks that can save you time and money when flying Delta.

However, someone who is almost always flying Delta because they live near a Delta hub such as Atlanta (ATL), Seattle (SEA) or New York City (LGA/JFK), might easily be able to justify a higher annual fee, because they’ll use the benefits of the higher-tier cards more regularly. Families and couples who know they can use the annual companion ticket that comes with the Platinum or Reserve versions of the card can also easily come out ahead with those cards, depending on their exact usage.

The good news is that all of these offers are excellent compared to the standard welcome offers on each card. You can’t go wrong by applying for any of them.

And of course, if you love the Boeing 747 (as many TPG staffers do), now could be a great time to add either the personal or business Delta Reserve cards to your wallet, as you’ll be able to select the limited-edition card art. If you have your heart set on adding this unique design art to your wallet, I recommend doing so sooner rather than later.

In short:

  • Occasional Delta flyers should look at the Gold.
  • More regular Delta flyers who are interested in elite status, can utilize the economy companion voucher and prefer earning miles across purchases (as opposed to lounge access) should consider the Platinum.
  • Delta loyalists who will regularly use Delta SkyClub and Centurion Lounge access when traveling should think about applying for the Reserve.
  • 747 enthusiasts, even those not loyal to Delta, should strongly consider one of the Reserve cards while the limited-edition card art is on offer.

Related: Choosing the best credit cards for Delta flyers

Delta Sky Club. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Bottom line

Delta SkyMiles have long been considered the least valuable currency among the three legacy U.S. airlines — in part because of unannounced program devaluations over the years. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find value in the SkyMiles program.

Also, many TPGers actually prefer flying Delta over any other U.S. carrier. Delta is well-known for its customer service, which can be extremely useful when something goes wrong with your trip.

And with great new welcome bonuses and an incredibly-exciting new card option for the Reserve cards (made of 25% metal from a retired Delta Boeing 747), now may be a great time to apply.

Keep in mind that American Express does have a once-per-card-per-lifetime rule in place regarding earning welcome bonuses. If you’ve had one of these cards in the past, you’ll more than likely be precluded from applying for the same card again and earning the welcome bonus. This is why timing your Amex card applications is so important — you only get one shot to earn a welcome bonus for each of them, so you’ll want to make it count.

Luckily, these are some of the best welcome bonuses we’ve seen across Delta credit cards. If you’ve been considering applying for a Delta credit card, consider this your sign to apply now.

Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex.
Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex.
Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Reserve Amex.
Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Gold Business Amex.
Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business Amex.
Official application link: Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Amex.

Additional reporting by Ryan Wilcox, Ryan Smith, Madison Blancaflor, Stella Shon, Christina Ly and Nick Ewen.

For rates and fees of the Delta Gold Amex please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Platinum Amex, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Amex, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Gold Business Amex, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Platinum Business Amex, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Amex, please click here.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.