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With so many Delta co-branded credit cards, one of the most common questions we field on the blog, and in our Facebook community Award Travel 101, is can I hold multiple Delta Amex cards? The answer is a resounding YES!

Before we dig into the details, why would you want to apply for more than one Amex Delta credit card?

First, it allows you to earn additional welcome bonus offers. American Express specifies that new cardmembers can only receive the welcome offer on Amex cards once per product. However, that doesn’t stop you from applying for different products within the same family of cards and receiving the bonus on each card.

Second, you can stack the bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles from multiple cards to help you reach or retain elite status. Plus, if you apply for the Platinum or Reserve cards, you’ll receive companion fares with each card to help mitigate the annual fees. And if you get the Reserve cards, you'll gain complimentary access to Delta SkyClub lounges when traveling on Delta.

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Earning More Than One Delta Welcome Bonus Offer

Amex hasn't done a great job in communicating its welcome bonus policy, and many folks new to award travel assume that you can only receive one Delta welcome bonus across all Delta Amex cards. However, that’s not the case. The restriction is on each card product, as per Amex’s T&Cs:

“Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”

While you cannot receive the welcome bonus more than once per product, you can earn the welcome bonus on each card within the Delta family, which includes seven separate products including business cards. For example, if you currently hold the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, or have held it in the past, you cannot receive the welcome bonus on the card again. But, that doesn’t stop you from applying for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and receiving the welcome bonus, as it's considered a separate product.

Delta co-branded American Express cards:

You are eligible for the welcome bonus on any Delta Amex card you don’t currently hold or haven’t held in the past.

Stacking MQMs From Multiple Cards for Elite Status

Airline elite status is a surefire way of making your flying experience more comfortable, providing access to better services and free perks, in addition to earning more miles on airline spend. But without enough bum-in-seat miles, achieving elite status can be a pipe dream. Fortunately, Delta offers bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles on select cards when you reach spending thresholds, and as part of the welcome bonus structure.

To earn Medallion status with Delta requires a mix of Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM) or Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQS) and Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQD) or Medallion Qualifying Dollar Waiver (MQD Waiver)

The Platinum Delta Amex and Business Platinum Delta Amex receive 5,000 bonus MQMs from the welcome bonus, plus an additional 10,000 bonus MQMs when you spend $25K in a calendar year, and a further 10,000 MQMs when you reach $50K spend. Both the business and personal versions of the Delta Reserve cards earn 10,000 bonus MQMs from the welcome bonus, an additional 15,000 bonus MQMs when you spend $30K in a calendar year, and a further 15,000 bonus MQMs when you reach $60K spend.

You can stack bonus MQMs from multiple Delta cards to earn or retain Medallion status on Delta, although it’s important to calculate the opportunity cost of the required annual spend and the yearly fees for holding more than one premium Delta card. That $25K or $50K to reach elite status, earning just 1 mile per dollar on non-Delta spend, could earn multiple welcome bonuses, and potentially hundreds of thousands of points in more lucrative, flexible rewards programs.

Provided you can meet the spending thresholds without compromising other points and miles opportunities, pooling MQMs from multiple Delta cards can offer a welcome boost to earning or retaining Medallion status.

Earn Additional Companion Certificates

Both the personal and business versions of the Platinum and Reserve Delta cards earn a companion certificate each year upon account renewal, and you can redeem companion certificates from multiple Delta cards in the same calendar year.

  • Platinum Delta Amex – Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year
  • Business Platinum Delta Amex – Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year
  • Delta Reserve – Receive a Domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+, or Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year
  • Business Delta Reserve – Receive a Domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+, or Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year

You’ll pay just the government-imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights when using the certificate, just be aware there are some restrictions on these companion certificates, such as booking through Delta.com in specific fare classes and having to use an Amex to pay for the tickets. Companion certificates are now also eligible for Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, which we cover in detail in a previous post.

Final Thoughts

Can you apply for more than one Delta co-brand card and receive the welcome offer and bonus MQMs? Yes. And you can take advantage of perks like the free companion certificate from multiple cards each year. Just keep in mind the premium Delta cards attract significant annual fees, in the hundreds of dollars per year. And you’ll need to weigh the cost of maintaining these cards, and meeting the spending thresholds each year, against opportunities to hold what we consider better premium credit cards, providing superior benefits, and earning points in more lucrative programs.

If you're contemplating how to use your SkyMiles, check out the post we put together on Delta SkyMiles Sweet Spots or check out the video that Richard Kerr, Founder of Award Travel 101 (our Facebook community) put together on How to Maximize Delta SkyMiles.

Can I Receive Bonus Miles From Multiple Delta Amex Cards? – Updated August 2018
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Comments

  • Great to know. I’m in the process of applying for my first one.

  • Great info thanks! Though Delta’s miles are devalued often, there is nothing wrong with getting 60-70K miles for reaching doable spending requirements.

  • Thanks for the help!

  • Not keen on amassing SkyMiles, but these bonuses can definitely help for points diversification purposes.

  • I’m going to try for the platinum card! Thanks for the info!

  • No desire to regularly fly Delta, but the sign up bonuses from 2 Delta cards helped me get to Asia and back in business class.

    Was a few thousand short and transferred regular MR points to cover the difference.

  • Thank you. Do you know if the companion certificates are in paper form or a code, or if they are tied to using your card to redeem?

  • Great to know. Thanks

  • Thanks for clarifying this. I agree the wording on the AMEX site isn’t very clear.

  • Been looking at these big offers but had one type of card a few years ago. Glad to see I can just choose a different type and get a bonus.

  • “You are eligible for the welcome bonuses on any Delta Amex card you don’t currently hold or haven’t held in the past.” – This is true if the card offer terms contain the ‘once per lifetime’ language.
    I, and many others have been receiving targeted offers for DL cards held previously without the ‘once per lifetime’ language, and there is a good deal of anecdotal evidence that folks are getting approved and receiving the bonus again through such targeted offers for DL cards they’ve held before. Doctor of Credit just wrote a good piece on this phenomenon, in the last week or so.

  • Keep in mind that with American Express, you can only have 5 Amex cards open at one time (business and personal total). In my case I had five (5) when I applied and was rejected for the Gold Sky Miles AMEX card. When I closed a credit card account I was immediately accepted.

    • This *may* not be current — I’ve seen some data points indicating 6 is the new number, but not enough to be 100% convinced. However, yes, that is something you need to keep in mind if you have a diverse portfolio — you’ve got to limit the diversity with Amex.

  • Thanks for the Delta miles update!!

  • I had a personal Amex Delta card previously and received a business one in November. I made the $3,000 spending requirement and made a purchase directly on Delta.com so should have received 60,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit. Neither posted automatically so I called. Unlike in the past, the phone reps can’t issue bonuses and told me it would be escalated and taken care of in a week. When I called back a week later I was told it’d take 2 weeks. After 3 weeks I called and talked with a supervisor. He said the escalation process takes up to 2 months. It’s now been 6 weeks and still no bonus miles or $50 credit.

    Amex used to have the best customer service. Now it’s complete crap. Even though all the reps and supervisor agree I’m entitled to the bonuses, none can do anything about it. I had hoped to use the miles for a flight award. Because of how long it’s taken, award tickets are no longer available. Amex doesn’t respond to social media posts and there’s no one with any authority to solve my problem who I can contact directly. I have no faith the matter will be resolved after 2 months and expect to get another BS runaround.

  • Nina Howell says:

    Looks like the personal Reserve link goes to the Sapphire card. I don’t think it’s available any longer. Had no idea about the MQMs for those – no one ever talks about them…

  • By all means, go for this. All the legacy airlines keep devaluing their miles, but you can still get deals using their partners and off-season requirements are still low. I just booked OW from FLL to OPO (Porto, Portugal) on United for 30K by traveling mid-week. Not bad at all since for years the standard OW to Europe has hovered around 25K miles. I’ve also used DL Skymiles for flying to Canada on their regional jet partners and have gotten flights as low as 12,500 miles from FLL to YUL (Montreal). I say this card is worth having, especially since AMEX waives the 1st year $95AF!

  • CAMILLA SAUDER says:

    How do you know if you’ve had the product before you apply if you haven’t kept track of it previously?

  • Nina Howell says:

    I don’t think this is accurate. I currently have nine cards. When I got the second Delta Platinum last November, Amex called me and told me I was at my limit and if I wanted to be approved, I needed to close one (I closed my SPG personal and kept the biz).

  • Nina Howell says:

    @Ken I had a terrible experience getting my points as well. I talked to Amex many, many times (and Delta) because I was going to hit gold when the points hit and we were leaving for Asia the following month. I really wanted the gold. What they said is that they do not control when Delta applies the points. Amex communicates to Delta about the spend, and then it’s up to Delta to apply points. I found out Amex cannot expedite anything with points unless MRs. They suggested I harass Delta but that didn’t work either. If I recall correctly, your statement has to close and then they will be applied in 2 weeks which may be any day for you. I was on pins and needles for a month waiting. We got the points and received gold status the week before we left. If you haven’t called Delta, I think they may be able to help define when they will be applied –

  • Thanks. That was going to be my next move after the full 2 months went by. At this point I just want others to be aware that Amex customer service isn’t what it used to be. And I’ve been a client of theirs for 20 years, including other business and personal cards.

  • Nina Howell says:

    Howie help me with that definition, I pay everything off so usually don’t pay attention to that. The 9 are: Premiere Rewards Gold, Biz Gold Rewards, Biz Platinum, SPG Biz, Delta Plat personal, Delta Plat Biz, Delta Gold Biz, Everyday Preferred and Hilton Ascend. Thanks.

  • I personally have found Delta skymiles extremely difficult to use out of DFW and I am able to be very flexible as far as when I can travel. In fact the flights I used Delta miles on I had to pay a ridiculous amount of miles.

  • So… what if you have a card that you didn’t get a bonus for, because you, um, were stupid and upgraded instead of applying for a new card. If you got rid of that card at some point, could you apply some day and get a bonus?

    Also, I agree that Delta is awful for domestic travel. Every time I check the point value is close to 1%. Even earning at 1.4x with the $25k mileage bonuses, that’s pretty bad. But I have been doing quite a bit better. I live in a small town and still have been able to get 70k miles one-way business class to europe the past couple years. That’s around a 5% total return on Delta spend. Plus the companion tickets.

  • Love the ideas!

  • Thanks for the info! This is a great advice to Stacking MQMs.

  • Howie, I can’t seem to reply directly to the comment above, but I was told last month by several reps that I could only have 5 AmEx cards, total, peronal & biz. At the time, I had 7 open cards, due to 3 Hiton cards converting from Citi, however, in order to open the Aspire card I wanted, I had to close 3 of my existing card accounts to get down to 4; the Aspire card making 5, which it has always been my experience, is the max.

  • *all of my AmEx card accounts were “credit cards”, not “charge cards”. Maybe that’s the difference?

  • I promise I won’t mention it again! – 🙂 – but it looks like Thomas directly above is having the same problem replying directly to comments that I’ve mentioned. Good luck rooting the problem out.

  • Great info. I had no idea you could do this. Thanks!

  • I was just looking into SkyMiles again. Good to know I can build up miles quickly if needed.

  • Had the Delta Gold, but hard to justify holding on to it over an SPG card with Amex’s credit card limits. Will probably try for the Platinum in the future.

  • Great info. Nice to know. I agree it can make more sense to have SPG Amex vs other Delta cards just for the point transfer flexibility. Especially if you only fly on redemptions

  • I never had the Platinum Delta Skymiles card, so I might as well get it now with the increased bonus and make the best of it for the nexte hour. And, while Skymiles have disadvantages, so do other miles, but Skymiles don’t expire.

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