Increased Welcome Offers for Delta Amex Credit Cards

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If you're looking to bank a serious balance of SkyMiles, American Express has increased the welcome bonus on six of its seven Delta co-brand credit cards, with four of the six cards dishing up record offers for new cardmembers. These cards include:

If you're looking for ideas on what to do with your SkyMiles, check out our Sweet Spots for Delta SkyMiles. Remember, holding one of these cards, or being a previous cardmember of one of these cards, does not prevent you from receiving the associated welcome bonus with a different card.

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Increased Offers for Delta Rewards Cards

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

American Express has raised the offer on the Gold Delta Amex from the typical ~30,000 Delta SkyMiles to a monster up to 60,000 miles after you meet the minimum spending requirement. Plus, you'll get a $50 statement credit if you make any Delta purchase on the card in the first three months.

  • Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $2,000 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.. Terms Apply.

While the SkyMiles program doesn't do itself any favors to attract new members, 60,000 miles is a great offer on this card when you take into account you'll get a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 (Rates & Fees).

Gold Delta SkyMiles®  Business Credit Card from American Express

Featuring an all-time-high welcome bonus, new Business Gold Delta Amex cardholders receive an offer of 70,000 miles after you make $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.

  • Earn 70,000 bonus miles after you make $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.. Terms Apply.

Due to Amex's strict welcome offer policy of ‘one bonus per product per lifetime,'  the best time to get a Delta co-brand card is when it hits an all-time high, and this is as big as they get for the Business Gold Delta Amex. The card charges a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 (Rates & Fees).

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

The offer for the Platinum Delta Amex has increased to 75,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. The $195 annual fee is not waived on this Card for the first year (Terms Apply – Rates & Fees).

This is the highest welcome bonus we've seen on this card. If you haven't had the card before, this is a great opportunity to grab a ton of Delta miles.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles®  Business Credit Card from American Express

Our top pick out of Delta's co-brand rewards cards, the Business Platinum Delta Amex is offering 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $6,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. The card has an $195 annual fee (Terms Apply – Offer Ends 7/2/19 – Rates & Fees).

Anytime a rewards card is offering a bonus this high, it's worth running the numbers to determine if you can squeeze it into your rewards strategy. Both the Platinum cards also receive an annual companion ticket valid for a domestic round-trip economy ticket, plus the opportunity to earn additional MQMs on spend.

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

The welcome bonus offer for the Delta Reserve has also been increased to 75,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. The $450 annual fee is not waived on this Card for the first year (Terms Apply – Rates & Fees).

Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

Another Delta card delivering a higher bonus than we've ever seen before is the Business Delta Reserve. New cardmembers can earn 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $6,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. The $450 annual fee puts this card firmly in the ‘premium airline cards' category (Terms Apply – Offer Ends 7/2/19 – Rates & Fees).

Other Factors to Consider

Theoretically, you can have all three of these cards at the same time, as they are considered unique card products. However, you'll see language on the card application stating:

“Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this Card. We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors in making a decision on your welcome offer eligibility.”

So you may be eligible for the welcome offer if you haven't had the card in the past, but it is up to Amex to determine your eligibility based your recent signup history.

SkyMiles can get a bad rap, but it isn't all doom and gloom. Despite having higher mileage requirements than some programs, Delta has low out-of-pocket costs on most redemptions, and you can use miles for far more domestic flights than with United and American. Overall, you can still find great value if you use your miles strategically, and as a Delta SkyMiles credit card holder, you can save up to $100 off your CLEAR membership.

Bottom Line

Six of the seven Amex Delta cards are currently offering significantly increased welcome bonuses, which are all first-rate balance-builders for your SkyMiles account. Any time a welcome bonus increases, it is worth taking a look at your travel plans (or making some) to see if a new card can help pay for flights.

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

Increased Welcome Offers for Delta Amex Credit Cards
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Comments

  • I’m not sure if Delta credit cards are worth much these days with the constant devaluation of SkyMiles…

  • When I had Gold and wanted Platinum it wouldn’t let me apply; just said “request an upgrade.” Now I have Platinum and when I click on your Reserve link it just has a “request an upgrade” button. How do you apply for the additional card with bonus instead of an upgrade when it seems to want you logged in and then knows you already have a card?

    • Thanks for bringing up this really important point! If you have an existing Delta account, you should Apply without logging in. If you request an upgrade, you won’t be offered the Welcome bonus. If you already requested an upgrade and Amex changed you to a Platinum card, I would recommend giving them a call (or using the online chat feature) to let them know that you thought you were applying for a new account. They should be able to advise on how to undo the upgrade request so you can apply for a new account as you originally intended.

  • The Arts Traveler says:

    I love flying Delta, but their loyalty program is not ideal. It is great for flying on Virgin Atlantic but am not interesting in using that until the upper class is updated.

  • Some years ago I received the miles bonus for a Gold Delta Skymiles card. Would that make me ineligible for a bonus if I got the Gold Delta Skymiles Business card? Not sure if those are two separate products…Thanks, Linda

    • Hi Linda, the business and consumer (personal) cards are totally separate. You can get a bonus on the Gold business and the Gold personal one time for each card.

  • These are great, gives me some ideas for the next card I want to open. Just did the AA Platinum Select which was a solid card for some bonus miles with AA.

  • The offer terms do indeed exclude previous cardholders… still, if there remains one or more these cards that one has not held, like me, then obviously this is a great time to acquire one. 80k for the biz card is especially tempting.

  • Anyone tried to get the 3 biz cards in one shot?

  • ken eskin says:

    Please advise which card is offering Primary auto rental insurance as a benefit.

    • Hey Ken, no Amex cards offer primary auto rental policies as an included (free benefit). However, you can add an optional Premium car rental protection to any Amex card for a reasonable per-rental (not per day) fee. You can find more detail in this post.

  • Looks like I might have to open a new credit card.

  • the way all these programs devalue points the offers just might not matter that much anymore

  • Kathy Little says:

    I am planning to get one of these “partner cards” and I do already have a Delta card.with a link to my Skymiles Rewards. My question: On this new card I was going to have the reward points go into that existing Skymiles account. But could I cancel my original Delta card, once the new one arrives, so that I won’t have 2 cards with the $95 annual fee? I don’t want to lose any of my Skymiles — but I wondered if they would remain safe just as long as I have at least one active Delta card. Is this the case?

  • Brian G. says:

    I used up my once in a lifetime last year with the 70k bonus. Too bad I missed out on this.

    • karen zynger says:

      I also used up my once in a lifetime about 4 years ago. I fear to apply again as they will not give me the signup bonus.

  • Nice offer for the Gold card.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    I really like that you can use miles for far more domestic flights than with United and American. That’s good.

  • Guess it’s that time of year for a new delta business card

  • As American Airline cut down on short haul awards making BA Avios less worth then in the past Delta Milage is an important milage currency
    To add to your wallet for great availability on domestic short haul trips.
    And with these great milage offers now is the time to act.

  • Worthwhile card offers. Even 60,000 miles is enough for several round trip tickets within the US. It is also enough for a round trip from NYC to London. The miles will go even further if the flights are on a SkyMiles Deals offer.

  • “Delta has low out-of-pocket costs on most redemptions.”

    … lowest fuel surcharges AND taxes?

  • I wish airlines had a no AF card. I don’t fly enough to justify being loyal to one airline.

    • I don’t see how to edit posts. I should clarify, “a no AF card worth having.” Having a CSR and Amex Blue Cash means I have travel, dining, and groceries covered. The airline credit card bonus categories are downright awful.

  • That’s just it. No program is really, completely “doom and gloom.” There are always many factors to consider – with each program having their own particular cocktail of benefits and drawbacks – that one program will frequently be a good fit for one person and not the next.

  • So even if I have the Gold already, I can get the Plat and still be eligible for the bonus? I got the Gold in Oct 2017

    • Yes, you are eligible for the bonus on each Delta card once. If you had the Gold, you can get the Platinum bonus. In other words, you could eventually earn a bonus both the business and personal version of the Gold, Platinum, and Reserve cards.

  • Just canceled my personal amex delta gold; time to sign up for the business version!

    • Kathy Little says:

      Adam…. you said you just canceled your personal Amex Delta gold and were going to sign up for the business version…. Question: (because I have the gold and have already signed up for the new card and now I was wanting to cancel the old gold to eliminate the yearly $95 fee) But here’s my question: how does canceling a card affect your Skymiles account? Is there risk of losing your skymiles that you have built up with the old gold? Or will having a new card make the account still valid, as long as the reward # is the same on both cards?

      • Hey Kathy, closing a Delta card won’t impact your SkyMiles account at all. SkyMiles are one of the few types of miles that don’t expire, so you don’t need account activity to keep your balance active. Each month (when your statement closes) Amex sends the miles to Delta. After that happens, the points are safe—even if you close the credit card that earned the points.

        • Be careful though. Amex has new terminology to claw points back if you close the card too quickly. I think this would still apply to Delta miles but I’m not 100% sure.

          • Hey Darren, thanks for adding this comment. Definitely a valid point. I assumed that the card in question had been open for a while. There really isn’t any good reason to close a card right after opening it. There isn’t any additional cost until the annual fee comes due, and shutting an account right after you earn a bonus is a good way to get the wrong kind of attention from the banks.

  • Although i prefer other miles programs, Delta has its place in a portfolio.

    • It certainly helps that Delta miles don’t ever expire (but don’t bank on that since these programs are constantly devalued).

      • Good thing they don’t expire because my last Delta activity was years ago. So many better options for me in my area.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    iT IS EASY TO MAKE make $2,000 in purchases within your first 3 months… eSPECIALLY in a high tax state like California.

  • Nice bonus if you use Delta.

  • Great time to pick up some delta amex cards. thanks for heads up.

  • Delta takes a lot of rightful flak, but increased offers are nothing to complain about.

  • Ok, I’m pulling the trigger on this one. The bonus miles will put be over the top for a nice Transpacific award.

  • Stacy Y Liu says:

    Don’t know if another card like this is worth it in the long run? Even though the sign up bonus has increased the # of miles. But great incentive if you do not already have one like this.

  • BUt I already have one!

  • What are the chances they match me to a better offer if they only gave me 70k out of 80k?

    • Hey Andy, it never hurts to ask. Every case is probably different, but I’ve personally had Amex match me to a higher offer when I signed up right before the bonus increased.

  • Nice to see an increase on benefits for a program, especially one where it is slightly harder than others to earn points via other programs

  • Mihai Vasile says:

    Does anyone know the best way to find out if you are eligible for the bonus? I know it has over a year since I cancelled my Delta Sky Miles card but am not sure how many years it has been since I applied. Thanks!

    • Hi Mihai, it doesn’t matter how long since you’ve canceled or applied. The rule for these cards is you can get one bonus per person, per lifetime. So if you ever got a bonus for the personal Delta Gold card, you can never get a bonus for that card again. However, you could get a bonus for the Business Delta Gold card, or the personal Delta Platinum, etc. Each of the 6 cards is a separate product, and you can get the bonus for each one exactly once.

  • just wow, great offer.

  • RoseMarie says:

    Even though it is lifetime for each kind of Amex card, practically a lifetime is 7 years. That has been my experience as well as other anecdotes.

  • Thank you for the great info. Delta card is worth it if there is a close hub nearby. Def can score some great redemptions.

  • Wondering if this has anything to do with their ongoing feud with Alaska? Trying to squeeze them out?

  • So hard to use these miles thou…..

  • This might be the best time to jump from AA to Delta! Thanks for the information!

  • seriesofcontradictions says:

    Really wish they would bring back a Skymiles reward credit card for Canada.

  • Shloime Zionce says:

    Good to know.

  • miskocina says:

    Quite nice bonuses there!

  • Tyler Bernard says:

    What is the difference of medallion miles vs bonus miles?

    • Medallion miles only count towards elite status. Bonus miles (earned from a credit card welcome bonus) are redeemable miles. You also get redeemable miles from spending on a rewards card or from flying with the airline. Redeemable miles are the ones you can use to book award travel.

  • Great for you guys in the US, you have so many credit card offers offering extras for flying.

  • I like how Delta does not make us jump through hoops to keep our miles from expiring.
    Sadly Amex allows just one bonus per lifetime for the card.

  • Plat Biz might be in my future.

  • ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    Any insider info on possible other card issuers increasing their bonuses?

  • Would these bonuses be better than bonuses on cards offering flexible points?

    • It depends. If you don’t have cards that earn Chase Ultimate rewards, that’s the place to start. I would take 60,000 Chase points over 70 or 80K Delta any day. The big advantage of these Delta cards is that they are available to many people who can’t get Chase cards due to 5/24. With Amex’s once-per-lifetime application rules, it’s key to time your application for a higher-than-normal bonus like we have now.

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