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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, the fastest way to build up your mileage balance is by taking advantage of the welcome bonuses on any of Delta’s six cobranded Amex credit 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.

These credit cards range from entry level to premium — with annual fees and perks to match — but whether you’re simply looking to maximize your miles, get a leg up qualifying for Delta Medallion elite status, or even earn some cash back, there’s an offer in here for you. It’s worth noting that for each card — Gold, Platinum and Reserve — the welcome offers are identical on the personal and business versions.

Card Welcome Bonus Annual Fee/Foreign Transaction Fee
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months $0 for the first year, then $95 (see rates & fees); no foreign transaction fees (see rates & fees)
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months $0 for the first year, then $95 (see rates & fees); no foreign transaction fees (see rates & fees)
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 35,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months $195 (see rates & fees); no foreign transaction fees (see rates & fees)
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 35,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months $195 (see rates & fees); no foreign transaction fees (see rates & fees)
Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express 40,000 miles plus 10,000 MQMs after you spend $3,000 in the first three months $450 (see rates & fees); no foreign transaction fees (see rates & fees)
Delta Reserve® for Business Credit Card from American Express 40,000 miles plus 10,000 MQMs after you spend $3,000 in the first three months $450 (see rates & fees); no foreign transaction fees (see rates & fees)

Gold Delta Amex and Gold Delta Business Amex

(Photo by Eric Helgas / The Points Guy)

The entry-level Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express are offering 30,000 miles after new cardholders spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.

Both cards have a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year and no foreign transaction fees, and they both offer cardholders 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.

Platinum Delta Amex and Platinum Delta Business Amex

One step up in benefits and annual fee, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express are now offering 35,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) to new cardholders who spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 statement credit for making a Delta purchase in the first three months.

The personal and business Platinum Delta Amex have a higher annual fee of $195 that isn’t waived the first year, but they 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.

Delta Reserve and Delta Reserve for Business

The top-of-the-line credit cards in this lineup are the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express and the Delta Reserve® for Business Credit Card from American Express. They are currently offering the highest bonuses from a pure mileage perspective, with new applicants earning 40,000 SkyMiles and 10,000 MQMs, after spending $3,000 in the first three 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 cardholders, 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 the airline uses for awards. Although 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.

If you’re on the fence about applying for these credit cards, just ask yourself if 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.

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

Featured photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy

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  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Earn 15,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 15,000 bonus miles after you reach $30,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in the calendar year.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • Enter Delta Sky Club® at no cost and bring up two guests for an exclusive rate of $29 per person per visit.
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