Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards: Limited-Time Offers

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amexdeltaplatAmerican Express and Delta Airlines have a series of credit cards that offer regular Delta customer special perks like free checked bags, priority boarding, and the ability to earn Delta Skymiles with card purchases. They usually offer some sort of welcome bonus to new cardholders, but they also run limited-time offers with more points than usual. Since you can only get the welcome bonuses once on each of these cards per person per lifetime (each card is considered different), you may wish to wait for one of these temporary bumps.

Every single card below offers a first checked bag free. Delta now charges $30 for the first checked bag, each way. That means this perk is worth $60 per person each roundtrip. For a family of four, this perk is worth $240 per person each roundtrip.

Every single card below offers Priority Boarding. This perk is again related to checked bags. Since checked bags cost $30 each way, more and more people are trying to fit everything into a carry-on. That means that sometimes there isn’t enough space if you get on last. (This is too bad, since I used to prefer getting on last. Why rush on the plane to sit in your tiny seat? I’d rather stay in the open gate area.) You get Zone 1 priority boarding, helping you get on the plane earlier and find a space for your carry-on.


Every single card below offers 2X miles on direct Delta purchases and 1X miles on all other purchases. You get 2 miles for every dollar spent directly with Delta. This includes flights booked on Delta.com, seat upgrades, Sky Club membership or day passes, Delta Vacations packages, or in-flight food/entertainment purchases like food, beverages, and entertainment.

Here are the highlights for each specific card in the Delta American Express line-up.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

The welcome bonus for this card is currently 30,000 Skymiles after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. You can also get a $50 statement credit after any Delta purchase within the first 3 months. Delta purchases include flights booked on Delta.com, seat upgrades, Sky Club membership or day passes, Delta Vacations packages, or in-flight food/entertainment purchases like food, beverages, and entertainment. The annual fee is waived for the first year, and $95 in subsequent years.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

  • The limited-time offer for this card has expired.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card

The welcome bonus for this business credit card is currently 30,000 Skymiles after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. You can also get a $50 statement credit after any Delta purchase within the first 3 months. Delta purchases include flights booked on Delta.com, seat upgrades, Sky Club membership or day passes, Delta Vacations packages, or in-flight food/entertainment purchases like food, beverages, and entertainment. There are no foreign transaction fees. The annual fee is waived for the first year, and $95 in subsequent years.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card

The welcome bonus for this business credit card is currently 50,000 Skymiles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. You can also get a $100 statement credit after any Delta purchase within the first 3 months. Delta purchases include flights booked on Delta.com, seat upgrades, Sky Club membership or day passes, Delta Vacations packages, or in-flight food/entertainment purchases like food, beverages, and entertainment. There are no foreign transaction fees. This card also has a 0% introductory APR offer for 6 months on purchases. The annual fee $195.

Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

The welcome bonus for this business credit card is currently 70,000 Skymiles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. You can also get a $100 statement credit after any Delta purchase within the first 3 months. Delta purchases include flights booked on Delta.com, seat upgrades, Sky Club membership or day passes, Delta Vacations packages, or in-flight food/entertainment purchases like food, beverages, and entertainment. There are no foreign transaction fees. This card also has a 0% introductory APR offer for 6 months on purchases. The annual fee $450.

Why the big annual fee? The first major feature of the card is that Delta Sky Club Access is included. You can rest and relax in the Delta airport lounges before your flight, with the ability to enjoy some drinks, snacks, and a comfortable seat while waiting for them to let you know when your flight is boarding. The second major feature of this card is the ability to earn and extra 15,000 MQMs and 15,000 bonus Skymiles after $30,000 in purchases in a calendar year.



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Comments

  1. Is there a way to find out which card you’ve had in the past?

  2. longtermbull007 says:

    How would you even redeem Delta miles other than redeeming them for flight tickets? I’ve around 70K deltal miles and not sure how to redeem them other than flight tickets and vacation bookings which I don’t want. The website is not really user friendly. Thanks for any info.

    • Delta no longer publishes a fixed award chart, and the non-Delta options aren’t very good. I’m not sure if you don’t want to deal with finding Saver awards or you don’t want Delta flights at all, as Delta does have a “Pay with Miles” option which basically lets you buy any Delta ticket and get a discount of $50 for every 5,000 miles (1 cent per mile). So with 70k miles you could get $700 off any Delta airfare without blackout or seat availability restrictions.

  3. I looked up the gift card conversion rate — around 2 miles to 1 dollar. This means 60K miles = $300, 70K = $350. Not a great return versus the signing bonuses with other cards. I’ll pass.

    • Two miles to 1 CENT…

    • Yes, I think the best option is for anyone who buys Delta tickets regularly. 60k miles = $600 off of any Delta airfare or multiple airfares in $50 increments. $600 value is a pretty good sign-up bonus. You could get better with a traditional award ticket, but you’ll have to find the seat.

  4. You may be able to bump up the statement credit on the gold card from 50 to 100 by starting to make a booking on delta’s website. See: https://www.reddit.com/r/churning/comments/6d8r6x/delta_60k_100_credit_via_fake_booking/

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