Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards

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American Express and Delta Airlines have various credit cards that offer special perks like free checked bags, priority boarding, and the ability to earn Delta Skymiles with card purchases. However, as you can only get the welcome bonuses once on each of these cards per person per lifetime (each card is considered different), I recommend waiting until a limited-time offer to maximize your benefit.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • 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.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

Delta now offers a minimum value out of your Skymiles via the “Pay with Miles” option. 30,000 Skymiles can reduce the price of your Delta ticket by $300 at the very least. (5,000 mile = $50 minimum redemption.) You can still book the traditional award tickets and possibly get better value. The annual fee is waived for the first year.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

  • EXPIRED: This limited-time offer has expired.
  • 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).
  • Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.
  • Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • $195 Annual Fee.

In my opinion, a good reason to pick the Platinum over the others is if you can use that companion certificate. I used to have the Platinum version when I flew on Delta a lot, and it was easy to get $300+ value out of it every year when my wife and I flew together. The MQM boosts also help if you are trying to reach a certain status level.

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

  • EXPIRED: This limited-time offer has expired.
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club® access. Enter Delta Sky Club® at no cost and bring up to two guests for an exclusive rate of $29 per person per visit.
  • 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).
  • Domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+® or Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.
  • Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • $450 Annual Fee.

In my opinion, the main reason to pick the Reserve over the others is if you fly Delta a lot and get enough value out of lounge access via the Delta Sky Club membership. I am disappointed that the perk doesn’t include family members or companions on the same itinerary, however. The First Class companion certificate is also pretty cool, but I am personally unwilling to pay cash for a First Class seat, even if the second one is free (plus taxes and fees). You may feel differently.

Every card above also 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.

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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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