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Earn bonus miles with Delta thanks to these increased welcome offers — just in time for summer vacation

March 29 2022
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Just in time for upcoming travel planning, the American Express suite of personal Delta cards has introduced limited-time welcome offers of up to 100,000 miles. Delta has a variety of card products for the frequent and infrequent flyer alike — so you're sure to find a card that fits your travel needs.

TPG values Delta SkyMiles at 1.57 cents apiece, which means that these increased welcome offers can be worth up to $1,500 at the highest level.

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Plus, American Express is expanding the use of cards made from 70% reclaimed plastic to its Delta cobranded card portfolio.

Here are the elevated welcome offers that you can earn on Delta SkyMiles American Express credit cards now through April 13.

Delta SkyMiles Amex Card comparison

Let's start with a side-by-side comparison of these cards.

BenefitDelta SkyMiles® Gold American Express CardDelta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express CardDelta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
Increased welcome offer
Earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.Earn 90,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.
Earning rate
  • 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and on Delta purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • 3 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases and eligible hotel purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets
  • 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • 3 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
Annual fee
$0 for the first year, then $95 (see rates and fees)$250 (see rates and fees)$550 (see rates and fees)

Terms apply. Please review the Gold, Platinum and Reserve offer pages for full details.

Related: Your complete guide to the Delta SkyMiles program

Why you should apply now

Demand for summer travel is already growing, but having a solid stash of airline miles can help offset one of the biggest costs of a trip. The bonus miles you can earn from these welcome offers can be used not just on Delta-operated flights but across the carrier's worldwide partners. And with Delta's flexible policies for changing or canceling award tickets — along with free standby options for all passengers — using your miles for your next trip gives you a ton of flexibility.

The cards can also help make your actual trip less costly and more enjoyable. Each one allows you (and up to eight companions on your reservation) to check your first bag free on Delta flights booked with your card, and you'll enjoy Main Cabin 1 priority boarding. The Delta Reserve Card will even get you Sky Club access before your flight.

All this means that adding one of these cards to your wallet now could greatly enhance your summer travels.

You can review a full breakdown of each card's benefits at the following links:

New cards made of 70% reclaimed plastic

Early this year, Delta announced that it would be improving its customer experience with sustainability in mind. And now, American Express is offering Delta credit cards that are made from 70% reclaimed plastic to accompany these new welcome offers.

Each card made in this fashion is a certified carbon-neutral product created through a process that results in 89% less greenhouse gas emissions and 85% less water consumption than that used to create a plastic credit card.

Both companies have made commitments to net-zero carbon emissions — so adding one of these cards to your wallet is something you can feel good about (in addition to earning you a bunch of miles).

Speaking of which ...

Best ways to redeem Delta SkyMiles

(Photo by Jordan Siemens/Getty Images)

Once you've earned all those miles, you'll want to redeem them for the most value possible. Delta often has flash sales on award tickets, but it also partners with airlines around the world that can unlock even more destinations.

Here are some potential ways to maximize your your SkyMiles redemptions:

  • Fly to South America with LATAM.
  • Fly to France (or even the Caribbean) with Air France
  • Fly between the U.S. and Canada on WestJet.

Related: Everything you need to know about maximizing Delta SkyMiles award tickets

Bottom line

American Express's cobranded Delta credit cards have just launched limited-time, increased welcome offers, allowing you to earn up to 100,000 miles. But don't wait to apply, as these offers are only available through April 13.

Official application link: Delta Gold American Express Card.
Official application link: Delta Platinum American Express Card.
Official application link: Delta Reserve American Express Card.

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

Featured photo by (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
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.

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Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
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