Earn up to 75,000 SkyMiles with new Delta Amex welcome offers

Oct 1, 2019

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If you fly Delta often, there is a lot to love about Amex’s Delta credit cards. The issuer has a full lineup of cards, each suited to a different kind of traveler. Whether you’re just looking for a way to rack up miles so you can take advantage of Delta’s frequent flash sales — such as round-trip tickets to Europe for only 22,000 miles — or want help hitting elite status, there’s a Delta Amex out there for you.

American Express and Delta just announced changes to their lineup of cobranded credit cards, adding some enhanced features and removing others. Before the revamped Delta Amex cards officially launch on Jan. 30, 2019, Amex is elevating the welcome offers on the Gold, Platinum and Reserve Delta cards. Make sure to act quickly though, as this limited-time offer is only available through Oct. 30, 2019.

Here’s a quick look at the current welcome offers:

Card Welcome Bonus Annual Fee (changing Jan. 2020)
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 60,000 miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months, plus a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. Terms apply. $95, waived the first year (see rates and fees)
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 75,000 miles, plus 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months, and a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. Terms apply. $195 ($250 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020 — see rates and fees)
Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express 75,000 miles, plus 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months. Terms apply. $450 ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020 — see rates and fees)

Gold Delta Amex

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Elevated bonus: Earn 60,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, plus a $50 statement credit

Annual fee: $95, waived the first year (increasing to $99 after Jan. 30, 2020 — see rates and fees)

Rewards rate: Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases (changing Jan. 30, 2020)

Standout benefits: The Gold Delta Amex is offering double its standard welcome offer with 60,000 miles. With this card, you’ll also get your first bag checked free and 20% inflight savings on Delta flights. It’s a great starter card for any beginner travelers who prefer Delta over other U.S. carriers.

This is one of the Delta cards seeing significant changes in January, including expanded bonus categories and different perks. You’ll soon also earn 2x miles at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets, and you’ll be able to earn a $100 Delta flight credit after you spend $10k on the card in a calendar year. Unfortunately, the MQD waiver won’t be available on this card after 2019 and discounted Sky Club access benefits will be discontinued.

The Gold Delta card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year and no foreign transaction fees (see rates and fees), but keep in mind that the annual fee will increase to $99 after Jan. 30, 2020.

Platinum Delta Amex 

Elevated bonus: Earn 75,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 statement credit and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs).

Annual fee: $195 ($250 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020 — see rates and fees)

Rewards rate: Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases (changing Jan. 30, 2020)

Standout benefits: One step up in benefits and annual fee is the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. It has a higher annual fee of $195 that isn’t waived the first year, but 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 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 you spend $50,000 on the card in a calendar year.

As part of the changes coming in 2020, this card will soon come with a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit and enhanced bonus categories that include 3x on Delta purchases and hotels and 2x at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets.

This is a great card for anyone who flies Delta regularly but can’t quite justify the Delta Reserve’s annual fee.

Delta Reserve Amex 

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

Elevated bonus: Earn 75,000 miles, plus 10,000 MQMs after you spend $5,000 in the first three months

Annual fee: $450 ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020 — see rates and fees)

Rewards rate: Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases (changing Jan. 30, 2020)

Standout benefits: The top-tier Delta card offers benefits like an annual companion certificate, free checked bag, priority boarding and complimentary Delta Sky Club access when you fly Delta (plus discounted rates for up to two guests). This bonus is a large step up from the card’s standard 40k miles.

The Delta Reserve is also getting a nice facelift in 2020, with the following additional perks:

  • Enhanced 3x earning on Delta purchases
  • Earn 15k MQMs after spending $90,000, and then $120,000 in a calendar year
  • Two one-time guest passes for the Delta Sky Club
  • Complimentary access to Amex Centurion Lounges when flying Delta (with a ticket purchased with your card)
  • Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit
  • Access to complimentary upgrades for non-Medallions

Bottom line

These increased statement credit offers are a valuable addition to all three of these cards. If you take advantage of these offers, you could easily rack up enough miles to fund your holiday travel or jumpstart your 2020 vacation fund. Just remember these elevated bonuses will only be around until Oct. 30, 2019.

Delta SkyMiles tend to have a bad reputation because of the dynamic pricing the airline uses for awards. Although it’s true that TPG values SkyMiles the lowest of any of the major U.S. 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. Plus, the airline recently announced a number of new routes that will begin in 2020.

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. Plus, with so many positive changes coming to these cobranded cards in January 2020, this is a great opportunity to earn elevated bonuses (and potentially lock in a lower annual fee for a year) before reaping the benefits of the revamped card benefits next year.

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

Featured image by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy.


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