Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards

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Delta Airlines has updated their line-up of co-branded American Express cards. These still offer various special perks like free checked bags, priority boarding, and the ability to earn Delta Skymiles with card purchases. In addition, as you can only get the welcome bonuses once on each of these cards per person per lifetime (each card is considered different, but these are not “new” cards), I recommend waiting until a limited-time offer to maximize your benefit. Here are the current offers:

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

  • 35,000 bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.
  • New – $100 Delta flight credit after $10,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year.
  • First checked bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four ($30 each way, per person).
  • Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • New – 2X miles at restaurants worldwide and U.S. supermarkets. 2x miles on Delta direct purchases. Earn 1 miles per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • $0 annual fee for the first year, then $99.

Delta offers a minimum value out of your Skymiles via the “Pay with Miles” option. That means 60,000 Skymiles can reduce the price of your Delta ticket by $600 at the very least. (5,000 mile = $50 minimum redemption.) You can still book the traditional award tickets and possibly get better value.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

  • 40,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Get an additional $100 statement credit after making any Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after $25,000 in purchases in a calendar year, up to two times per year. This helps get you reach elite Medallion Status, but does not earn you miles towards reward flights.
  • New – Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. Worth up to $100 towards Global Entry membership (which includes TSA PreCheck).
  • Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal.
  • First checked bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four ($30 each way, per person).
  • Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • 2X miles at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets. 3X miles Delta direct purchases. Earn 1 miles per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • $250 annual fee.

BUSINESS Card Versions

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

  • 40,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.
  • $100 Delta flight credit after $10,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year.
  • First checked bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four ($30 each way, per person).
  • Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • 2X miles at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. supermarkets, and on Delta direct purchases. Earn 1 miles per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • $0 annual fee for the first year, then $99.

Delta offers a minimum value out of your Skymiles via the “Pay with Miles” option. That means 60,000 Skymiles can reduce the price of your Delta ticket by $600 at the very least. (5,000 mile = $50 minimum redemption.) You can still book the traditional award tickets and possibly get better value.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® BUSINESS Credit Card from American Express

  • 45,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion(R) Qualification Miles (MQMs) after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Get an additional $100 statement credit after making your first Delta purchase on your new Card in the first 3 months.
  • 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after $25,000 in purchases in a calendar year, up to two times per year. This helps get you reach elite Medallion Status, but does not earn you miles towards reward flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. Worth up to $100 towards Global Entry (which includes TSA PreCheck).
  • Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal.
  • First checked bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four ($30 each way, per person).
  • Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • 2X miles at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets. 3X miles Delta direct purchases. Earn 1 miles per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • $250 annual fee.

In my opinion, the Delta Gold is still the best for most casual Delta customers because of the free checked bag, new $100 flight credit, and relatively big sign-up bonus. The main draw of the Platinum is the MQMs for those that fly a lot on Delta (note that you don’t earn actual rewards miles) and the companion certificate. I have used the companion certificate several times in the past and have gotten good value out of it. However, the annual fee is now $250 for the Platinum so the math is a lot tighter.

During a limited-time offer, I add the Delta Gold Skymiles to my list of the Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers.

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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.

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