Huge Welcome Offers Return for Delta Amex Cards

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American Express has launched a limited-time offer on six of the most popular Delta Skymiles credit cards. Three of the cards are arguably promoting the best new cardmember bonus we've seen to date, while the other offers are near a high-water mark we see only rarely. Regardless of which card you choose, now is an excellent time to pick up an increased Delta SkyMiles bonus.

All six offers will expire on November 10, 2021, so we put together a quick summary to help you decide if it's time to add a Delta card to your wallet.

All-Time-Best Offers

Increased Welcome Offers

Remember, you're eligible to receive the welcome bonus on each card once per lifetime.  So even if you already hold a Delta credit card, you can still take advantage of the offer for a different card as long as you haven't had that card in the past.

Delta Platinum Cards

What Makes These Offers Special?

The Platinum Delta Amex and Business Platinum Delta Amex have the largest bonus of the group and a low spending requirement that should make it attainable for many. Both cards have offered more than 90,000 bonus miles on one occasion, but that 100K offer delivered part of the bonus after you renewed your account (and paid your annual fee) for the second year.

The current bonuses are arguably the most attractive offers so far, delivering all 90,000 bonus miles after meeting a modest spending requirement. For those looking for a little help in their quest for elite status, both cards are also offering the chance to earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) as part of the new cardmember offer.

If you can apply for either card, it's worth noting that the business version holds a slight edge thanks to a $100 statement credit which isn't part of the bonus for the consumer card.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
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Rates & Fees
(Terms apply)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
Annual Fee$250
Welcome Offer Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.*Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Rates & Fees
  • 3X miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 3X miles per dollar at hotels
  • 2X miles per dollar at U.S. supermarkets
  • 2X miles per dollar at restaurants
  • 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
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Rates & Fees
(Terms apply)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
Annual Fee$250
Welcome Offer Earn 90,000 bonus miles, 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 11/10/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles, 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 11/10/21.
  • Earn 3 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta and on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 1.5 miles per dollar on single eligible purchases of $5,000 or more (that's an extra half mile per dollar), up to 50,000 additional miles per year. 1 Mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
  • With Status Boost®, earn 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, up to 2x per year getting you closer to Medallion Status.
  • Status-like benefits: First Check Bag Free on Delta flights + Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
  • Rates & Fees
  • 3X miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 3X miles per dollar spent with hotels
  • 1.5x miles on purchases over $5,000 (up to 50,000 bonus miles annually)
  • 1X miles per dollar on all other eligible purchases.

Why Get These Cards?

The Delta Platinum cards are an ideal choice for regular Delta flyers. In exchange for a higher annual fee than the entry-level Delta Gold products, cardholders get one companion certificate each year—good for adding a second traveler to a domestic, round-trip ticket in economy class. Both cards also feature a benefit called Status Boost™, which allows you to earn additional Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and a Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) waiver by using your card for purchases.

In addition to the solid perks mentioned above, the Delta Platinum cards offer several of the most popular benefits available to Delta Gold cardholders, including a free first checked bag, Main Cabin 1 priority boarding, and 20% back on Delta in-flight purchases.

Delta Gold Cards

What Makes These Offers Special?

With the Delta Gold cards, you can earn almost as many bonus miles as their more expensive counterparts, and you get a full year to try out the benefits before paying your first annual fee. The 70,000-mile bonus matches the most redeemable miles we've seen offered on either Delta Gold card.

With the consumer focused Gold Delta Amex, we saw a slightly more attractive offer earlier in 2021 that included a chance to earn a $200 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within your first three months. Sadly, the current bonus on the consumer card doesn't offer a statement credit.

However, the Business Gold Delta Amex offer does include a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 in purchases in your first three months, matching a previous all-time best we saw in early 2021.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
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Rates & Fees
(Terms apply)
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
Annual Fee$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99
Welcome Offer Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Earn 2X Miles on Delta purchases, at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
  • $100 Delta Flight Credit: After you spend $10,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, receive a Credit to use toward future travel.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $99.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Rates & Fees
  • 2X Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 2X miles per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets
  • 2X miles per dollar spent at restaurants
  • 1X miles on all other eligible purchases

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
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Rates & Fees
(Terms apply)
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
Annual Fee$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99
Welcome Offer Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 11/10/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 11/10/2021.
  • Additionally, take $100 off your next Delta flight - after you spend $10,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you will earn a $100 Delta Flight Credit to use toward future travel.
  • Earn 2 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta, on every dollar spent on eligible U.S. purchases for advertising in select media, on every dollar spent on eligible U.S. shipping purchases, on every eligible dollar spent at restaurants. Earn 1 Mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
  • Check or stow your bag with ease: First Checked Bag Free + Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel overseas.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
  • Rates & Fees
  • 2X Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 2X miles per dollar on eligible U.S. purchases for advertising in select media
  • 2X miles per dollar on eligible U.S. shipping purchases
  • 2X miles per dollar on dining
  • 1X miles per dollar on all other purchases

Why Get These Cards?

The Delta Gold cards are our top recommendation from the Delta card family for most travelers. The cards come with a modest annual fee of $99 (Rates & Fees) which is waived for the first year for new cardmembers. Ongoing benefits include a free checked bag for up to 9 passengers (including the cardholder), Main Cabin 1 priority boarding, and a 20% discount on Delta in-flight purchases.

Even if you only fly a few times per year, the checked bag benefit can deliver more value than the cost of holding one of these cards.

Delta Reserve Cards

What Makes These Offers Special?

The current welcome bonuses for the Delta Reserve cards are on par with the best offers we've seen in the past. Both cards will award 80,000 redeemable Delta SkyMiles and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first three months.

The only time either Reserve card has offered more miles was back in early 2020, but that bonus required you to renew your card and pay a second annual fee before earning an extra 20,000 bonus SkyMiles. In the past, we have seen a slightly better offer for the consumer Delta Reserve which included a $200 statement credit on top of an identical SkyMiles and MQM bonus.

The Business Delta Reserve on the other hand, does include a $200 statement credit with its current offer, making it slightly more attractive than its consumer counterpart.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
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Rates & Fees
(Terms apply)
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
Annual Fee$550
Welcome Offer Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 80,000 Bonus Miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 60,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 15,000 MQMs four times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Receive a Domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+® or Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.*Payment of the government-imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Complimentary access into the Delta Sky Club® for you when travelling on a Delta flight.
  • Enjoy complimentary access to The Centurion® Lounge or Escape Lounge - The Centurion® Studio Partner when you book a Delta flight with your Reserve Card.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases.
  • Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Rates & Fees
  • 3X miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 1X miles on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
Annual Fee$550
Welcome Offer Limited Time Offer: Earn 80,000 bonus miles, 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $200 statement credit after spending $5,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 11/10/21.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 80,000 bonus miles, 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $200 statement credit after spending $5,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 11/10/21.
  • With Status Boost®, earn 15,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to 4x per year getting you closer to Medallion Status.
  • When you purchase a Delta flight with your Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card, you will receive complimentary access to The Centurion® Lounge or Escape Lounge - The Centurion® Studio Partner.
  • After you spend $150,000 on your Card in a calendar year, you earn 1.5 Miles per dollar (that's an extra half mile per dollar) on eligible purchases the rest of the year. If your purchase qualifies for a category that has a higher mileage accelerator, only the higher accelerator will apply (ex: you would earn 3X miles on purchases made directly with Delta instead of 1.5X).
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • Earn 3 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
  • Rates & Fees
  • 3X miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 1.5X miles per dollar on purchases after spending $150K per calendar year
  • 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.

Why Get These Cards?

The Delta Reserve cards are ideal for SkyMiles members that may not qualify for elite status with flights alone—and who are willing to pay a premium annual fee in return for luxury benefits and additional MQMs on card spend. The flagship benefit of holding a Delta Reserve card is lounge access; you'll get complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs when booked on a same-day Delta flight and access to the Centurion Lounge when you pay for your Delta flight with your card.

Cardmembers receive an impressive set of perks and benefits, plus a higher earning rate than the entry-level Delta cards. However, you need to ensure you can make full use of the card's benefits to account for the annual fee.

Final Thoughts

The limited-time offers on the Delta cards are a great chance to lock in a substantial balance of SkyMiles. Depending on which card you choose, you could also earn a modest statement credit and enough MQMs to reach the next level of Delta elite status.

The Delta cards tend to run increased offers a few times each year, but the current bonuses are among the best we've seen recently. Since Amex allows you to receive one new cardmember bonus on each of their co-brand Delta cards, most applicants should have multiple offers to choose from—even if you currently hold a different Delta credit card.

While it's always great to snag the best possible bonus, it's worth taking a closer look at the benefits of each card before you make your choice. All of the Delta cards come with perks that—for the right person—can easily justify its annual fee over the long term. To see how the Delta Gold, Platinum, and Reserve benefits stack up, check out our post comparing Delta Credit Card benefits.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (Rates & Fees), and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees)

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