Earn up to 90,000 Delta SkyMiles with new welcome bonuses across Delta credit cards

Mar 4, 2021

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In preparation for a return to travel, your Delta SkyMiles balance could really ‘take off’ this spring with new, increased offers launching across almost all of Delta’s cobranded credit cards.

If you’re hoping to rack up miles for a post-pandemic getaway, now is a great time to look at earning increased welcome bonuses. Amex and Delta are now offering elevated offers across almost all of their cobranded credit cards — to the tune of up to 90,000 SkyMiles from one card bonus.

Let 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 Card Earn 70,000 miles after $2,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening. $99, waived for the first year (see rates & fees) $770
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card Earn 90,000 miles after $3,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening. $250 (see rates & fees) $990
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card Earn 80,000 miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with $5,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening. $550 (see rates & fees) $880
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card Earn 70,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 3 months of account opening. Offer ends 4/28/21. $99, waived for the first year (see rates & fees) $820
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card Earn 90,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Offer ends 4/28/21. $250 (see rates & fees) $1090
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $200 statement credit after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Offer ends 4/28/21. $550 (see rates & fees) $1080

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

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 70,000 miles after $2,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $770.

Annual fee: $99, waived for the first year (see rates & fees)

Earning rate: Earn 2x miles on eligible Delta purchases, restaurants and U.S. supermarkets and 1x on all other eligible purchases.

Is this offer worth it?

This new welcome bonus is double the standard offer and is very easy to earn at only $2,000 in required spending over a three-month timeframe 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 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

APPLY HERE: Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 90,000 miles after $3,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $990.

Annual fee: $250 (see rates & fees)

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

Is this offer worth it?

This is easily one of the highest welcome bonuses we’ve seen on the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex. The previous bonus was a mere 40,000 miles. Even though you did get 5,000 MQMs toward status and a $100 statement credit as part of the old welcome bonus, this bonus is easily more valuable overall for most cardholders.

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, every 4.5 years for TSA PreCheck) and elite-like perks including 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. 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

APPLY HERE: Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 80,000 miles and 20,000 MQMs with $5,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $880.

Annual fee: $550 (see rates & fees)

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

Is this offer worth it?

While you’re earning slightly fewer miles with this welcome bonus than you would with the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex, you are getting 20,000 MQMs toward elite status. If hitting airline elite status is a priority for you, this welcome bonus could be the most valuable out of the bunch in the long run.

The card itself is the top-tier Delta Amex card available. You’ll get a slew of benefits including:

  • Annual companion certificate each year upon card renewal for round-trip travel in first class, Comfort+ 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
  • Earn 3x miles on eligible Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases
  • 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) (up to $100)
  • Access to complimentary upgrades (for non-Medallions)
  • Get a first bag checked for free on Delta flights
  • Priority boarding
  • 20% off inflight purchases

But keep in mind that this card does come with a steep annual price tag. For those who are loyal Delta flyers who enjoy visiting the Sky Club, this card can pay for itself with lounge access, the MQM spending boosts and its other benefits. But for the occasional Delta traveler, the Platinum may be the better choice.

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

Related: Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card review 

APPLY HERE: Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

Delta business cards

The business versions of the cards are getting 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.

(Photo by The Points Guy)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

Welcome bonus: 70,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 3 months. TPG values this bonus at $820.

Annual fee: $99, waived for the first year (see rates & fees)

Earning rate: Earn 2x miles on eligible Delta purchases, U.S. shipping and U.S. advertising and 1x 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

APPLY HERE: Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

Welcome bonus: 90,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. TPG values this bonus at $1090.

Annual fee: $250 (see rates & fees)

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

Other card details: 

  • Annual companion certificate each year upon card renewal for main-cabin, round-trip travel
  • MQM boos: 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

APPLY HERE: Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

Welcome bonus: Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $200 statement credit after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. TPG values this bonus at $1080.

Annual fee: $550 (see rates & fees)

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

Other card details: 

  • Annual companion certificate each year upon card renewal for round-trip travel in first class, Comfort+ or main cabin
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club access when you fly Delta, plus two one-time guest passes
  • MQM boost: 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 (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

Related: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card review 

APPLY HERE: Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

Are these 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 on the business variations of the cards.

When looking at the welcome bonuses across both sets of cards, the business cards actually have more valuable offers on them since they come with statement credits in addition to earning miles and/or MQMs. Of course, whether or not you want a business card versus a consumer version will depend on whether you have an eligible business and whether you’re looking to earn miles on business spending or consumer spending.

But overall, if you are in the market for a Delta business credit card, the current limited-time welcome offers are worth applying for.

Which Delta credit card is right for you?

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With a full line-up of Delta cards offering elevated bonuses, you may be wondering 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, also consider its long-term value in your wallet.

For example, even though Delta is my favorite U.S. airline, I live in Charlotte, which is an American Airlines hub. I fly Delta when I can, but I don’t typically fly with the airline enough in a normal travel year to justify a card with a higher annual fee. I also don’t fly with a companion enough to know for sure I can use the annual companion voucher that comes with the Platinum and Reserve versions of the card.

So I keep the Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex in my wallet to help me earn miles and give me some elite-like perks that can save me time and money when I can fly, and it works well for me.

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 more easily be able to justify a higher annual fee because they’ll use the benefits of the higher-tiered cards more regularly. Families and couples that 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 when compared to the standard welcome offers on each card. You can’t go wrong by applying for any of them.

Occasional Delta flyers should look at the Gold, more regular Delta flyers who are interested in elite status, the economy companion voucher and earning miles across purchases more than lounge access should consider the Platinum, and Delta loyalists who will regularly use Delta SkyClub and Centurion Lounge access when you fly should think about applying for the Reserve.

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, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find value with the program. Delta’s increasingly frequent flash award sales opened up some stellar deals over the last year even before the pandemic, and many TPGers actually prefer flying Delta over any other U.S. carrier.

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 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.

Featured image by The Points Guy. 

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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