Want a piece of aviation history in your wallet? Here’s why you need to consider the new Delta card offers

Jun 16, 2022

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Editor’s note: The limited-edition Boeing 747 Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card design was available while supplies lasted through Aug. 3, 2022 and is no longer offered at this time.


What if you could hold a piece of aviation history in the palm of your hands?

Well, now you can.

American Express and Delta Air Lines have debuted the first-ever credit card design made with 25% metal from a retired Boeing 747 aircraft. And now through Aug. 3, 2022, you can choose this exciting new option when you apply (and are approved) for a new Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or a Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card.

These cards — along with other Amex Delta cobranded credit cards — also have increased welcome offers after meeting the minimum spend requirement.

As the cost of travel continues to rise heading into the busy summer travel season, earning a nice bonus of Delta SkyMiles is a good start towards your next big trip.

Keep reading for more details on those increased offers and how you can to carry a piece of the past with American Express and Delta.

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Limited-edition Delta card art from a Boeing 747

Photo courtesy of American Express

 

The limited-edition design of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Card is made with 25% metal from a retired Delta Boeing 747 aircraft — registration number N667US, to be exact. This airframe was a workhorse over its 27 years of service, as is clear from these incredible statistics:

  • The plane had over 14,000 takeoffs and landings.
  • It accumulated 116,548 hours of flight time — which means it spent more than 13 years airborne.
  • It traveled roughly 67.9 million miles — which is comparable to circling the Earth over 2,700 times (or traveling to the moon and back 144 times).
  • 4 million passengers flew on the plane during its time in service.

The new card design also comes with exclusive content via an augmented reality experience created especially for cardmembers, which includes the history of the Boeing 747, interviews with Delta pilots and crew members, and an up-close look at this specific airframe’s transformation from a passenger plane into the card design.

Affectionately known as the “Queen of the Skies”, the Boeing 747 revolutionized air travel when it took its first commercial flight in 1970. With an upper deck and seating capacity beyond any other plane of the jet age, the airline industry had never seen anything like it.

The 747’s unique design allowed airlines to cut costs and make flying more accessible than ever. It paved the way for future innovations, but most 747s have faded into the sunset to make way for the next generation of aircraft (including the highly anticipated Boeing 777X).

Although there are only a few Boeing 747s still in flight, you can still see one up close and personal at the Delta Flight Museum at Delta’s Atlanta Headquarters.

747-400
Delta’s retired Boeing 747-400 at the Delta Flight Museum overlooks Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. (Photo by Darren Murph / The Points Guy)

Or, starting today, you can do one better with a piece of the legendary aircraft in your wallet — with a limited-edition Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card or Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Card, made with 25% metal from a retired Boeing 747 aircraft.

But these aren’t the only reasons to apply for one of these cards. Both currently have large welcome offers for new cardmembers through Aug. 3, 2022.

New cardmembers can earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases on the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card in the first three months of cardmembership. Terms apply.

Meanwhile, new cardmembers can earn 110,000 bonus miles after spending $6,000 in purchases on the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card in the first three months of cardmembership. Terms apply.

However, the unique design is only available while supplies last (through Aug. 3, 2022).

Related: Delta overhauls the onboard experience, goes all-in on sustainability

Additional personal card offers

If you still want to take home a significant haul of Delta miles without the large annual fees on the Reserve products, you’re in luck. Many of Delta’s popular cards currently have limited-time, increased welcome offers through Aug. 3, 2022, including the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card.

Here’s a breakdown of these offers along with other key benefits on the cards.

Benefit Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card Delta 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 $99 (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.

Each of the cards above 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.

Business card offers

Meanwhile, small business owners are also eligible for limited-time welcome offers on all three Delta business cards. While only the Reserve Business card includes the limited-edition card design, any of them could be a good option for your needs:

  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of cardmembership. Terms apply.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of cardmembership. Terms apply.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card: Earn 110,000 bonus miles after spending $6,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of cardmembership. Terms apply.

Remember that you may be eligible for a business credit card without even knowing it.

Related: How to fill out an Amex business card application

Why you should apply now

Looking ahead to fall and holiday travel, these elevated welcome offers come at the perfect time. Redeem Delta SkyMiles on Delta-operated flights as well as with over a dozen SkyTeam and other non-alliance partners — including Aeromexico, Korean Air and Virgin Atlantic.

Take advantage of SkyMiles sweet spots like flying LATAM to South America or Air France to the Caribbean. Delta also has flash sales where you can get even more value for your miles with discounted redemption rates.

But great welcome offers and card perks aside, remember that you could carry a piece of aviation history right in your wallet (while supplies last) when you apply for a new Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card or a Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card through Aug. 3, 2022.

Bottom line

Most Delta SkyMiles credit cards from American Express have elevated welcome offers right now. From casual Delta flyers to loyal Medallion members, there’s a card for every traveler — both on the personal and business side.

And while supplies last, new cardmembers of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card can get a piece of aviation history with a limited-edition card design made with 25% metal from a retired Delta Boeing 747.

Don’t miss out on this limited-time opportunity. Apply for your new Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express by Aug. 3, 2022.


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 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 Reserve Business Amex, please click here.

Featured photo by The Points Guy

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