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If you're looking to bank a big balance of SkyMiles, American Express has increased the welcome bonus on three of its Delta co-branded cards. These cards include:
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express – Limited Time Offer: Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles (Terms Apply)
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express – Limited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (Terms Apply)
- Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express – Limited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (Terms Apply)
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.
Increased Offers for Delta Rewards Cards
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.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in 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).
The offer for the Platinum Delta Amex has increased to 75,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after you make $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months. You'll also receive 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 the card has ever offered. If you haven't had the card before, this is a great opportunity to grab a ton of Delta miles.
The welcome bonus offer for the Delta Reserve has also been increased to 75,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 MQMs 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).
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 the constant devaluations, you can still find good value if you know where to look, and as a Delta SkyMiles credit card holder, you can save up to $100 off your CLEAR membership.
Three of the four personal 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 where a new card could help pay for award 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), Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees)
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