Earn more miles, MQMs with these Delta Amex offers

Aug 17, 2020

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American Express will allow eligible cardmembers holding three consumer and one small business Delta SkyMiles-branded credit cards to earn even more miles for their purchases. These offers are a nice boost after the at-home supermarket benefits added to the cards in May expired at the end of July. Plus cardmembers can now receive Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) toward current or future Medallion Status.

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Understandably, some people are hesitant to apply for an airline credit card right now with the shrunken state of the travel industry because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But for existing cardholders, this announcement offers an opportunity to build a nice stockpile of miles that you can use on a stellar redemption down the road — something all of us TPGers are desperately looking forward to.

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express and Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express are now offering the following new benefits through Dec. 31, 2020:

  • 4x miles at restaurants – including takeout and delivery.
  • 5x miles on eligible Delta purchases.

The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American ExpressDelta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express CardDelta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express have added the following through Dec. 31, 2020:

  • 5x miles on eligible Delta purchases.
  • Receive 500 Bonus Miles and 500 MQMs after spending $1,000 in purchases on your enrolled card (up to 25K miles and 25K MQMs).

The MQM bonus offer is for any purchase made on the card. And the bonus MQMs are in addition to the usual status boosts on the Platinum and Reserve cards.

There is no limit on the number of miles customers can earn at restaurants or on Delta, and miles do not expire — though be aware that these bonuses are only applicable on purchases made by the primary cardholder, not for authorized users. In addition, since the Platinum and Reserve offers are identical, you can only add one if you have both cards in your wallet. However, you can utilize the Gold offer plus either the Platinum or Reserve offer — since they are unique.

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In addition, this offer is not available to those who applied more recently. Specifically, you aren’t eligible if the following is true:

  • If you opened the Delta Gold Amex or the Delta Gold Business Amex on or after July 25, 2020
  • If you opened either the personal or business version of the Delta Platinum Amex or Delta Reserve Amex on or after July 1, 2020

It’s exciting to see these generous, limited-time benefits as the coronavirus pandemic drags on. Cardholders have the chance to earn serious miles without having to step on a plane. And any chance to earn MQMs on the ground is welcome.

Delta SkyMiles have long been considered the least valuable currency among the three legacy U.S. airlines, but that’s starting to change. Delta’s increasingly frequent flash award sales opened up some stellar deals over the last year before the pandemic, and many TPGers actually prefer Delta over any other U.S. carrier.

Eligible Delta SkyMiles cardmembers will receive emailed instructions that explain the offer, its terms and conditions and a link to enroll in the new bonuses. While enrollment can be completed any time between Aug. 17 and Dec. 31, 2020, you’ll only earn bonuses for purchases made after enrolling.

Featured photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

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