Which Credit Cards Earn Delta SkyMiles?

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SkyMiles is the loyalty program for Delta Air Lines, the second biggest carrier in the U.S. based on passenger numbers. You can earn SkyMiles flying Delta, and it’s partner airlines, shopping through portals or with retail partners, via the dining program, and when you spend money on Delta co-brand credit cards.

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Of the three legacy carriers, SkyMiles provides the broadest range of co-brand credit cards with seven Delta cards available including four personal and three business rewards cards, all issued by American Express.

Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Key Features & Benefits

The cards range from a no-annual-fee basic rewards card through to the premium Reserve pairing which provides complimentary Delta SkyClub access, an annual companion certificate, bonus miles when you hit spending thresholds and much, much more.

DELTA CO-BRAND CREDIT CARDSWELCOME OFFERKEY BENEFITSANNUAL FEE
Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressEarn 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership (Terms Apply)• 2x on Delta purchases and at U.S. Restaurants
• 20% back as statement credit on Delta in-flight purchases
$0 - Rates & Fees
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 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)• 2x on Delta purchases
• First checked bag free
• Priority boarding
• No foreign transaction fees
• 20% back as statement credit on Delta in-flight purchases
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. - Rates & Fees
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American ExpressEarn 30,000 Bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months. (Terms Apply)• 2x on Delta purchases
• First checked bag free
• Priority boarding
• No foreign transaction fees
• 20% back as statement credit on Delta in-flight purchases
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 - Rates & Fees
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressLimited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you make $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months. In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. (Terms Apply)• 2x on Delta purchases
• Annual companion certificate
• 10K bonus miles and 10K bonus MQM when you spend $25K in a calendar year
• Additional 10K bonus miles and 10K bonus MQM when you spend $50K in a calendar year
• First checked bag free
• Priority boarding
• No foreign transaction fees
• 20% back as statement credit on Delta in-flight purchases
$195 - Rates & Fees
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express35,000 Bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $1,000 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. (Terms Apply)• 2x on Delta purchases
• Annual companion certificate
• 10K bonus miles and 10K bonus MQM when you spend $25K in a calendar year
• Additional 10K bonus miles and 10K bonus MQM when you spend $50K in a calendar year
• First checked bag free
• Priority boarding
• No foreign transaction fees
• 20% back as statement credit on Delta in-flight purchases
$195 - Rates & Fees
Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American ExpressLimited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. (Terms Apply)
• 2x on Delta purchases
• Complimentary Delta SkyClub® access
• Annual companion certificate
• 15K bonus miles and 15K bonus MQM when you spend $30K in a calendar year
• Additional 15K bonus miles and 15K bonus MQM when you spend $60K in a calendar year
• First checked bag free
• Concierge service
• Priority boarding
• No foreign transaction fees
$450 - Rates & Fees
Delta Reserve for Business Credit CardEarn 40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases with your new Card in your first 3 months. (Terms Apply)• 2x on Delta purchases
• Complimentary Delta SkyClub® access plus up to 2x guests @ $29 each
• Annual companion certificate
• 15K bonus miles and 15K bonus MQM when you spend $30K in a calendar year
• Additional 15K bonus miles and 15K bonus MQM when you spend $60K in a calendar year
• First checked bag free
• Concierge service
• Priority boarding
• No foreign transaction fees
$450 - Rates & Fees

Highlights of the Delta credit card lineup include the two Gold cards, which both provide the first checked bag free for the cardholder and up to 8 companions, priority boarding, and the annual fee waived for the first year. However, if you’re chasing Delta elite status, you may be better off with the Platinum or Reserve cards, as they allow you to earn Medallion Qualifying Miles both as part of the welcome bonus, and when you reach annual spending thresholds.

Transfer Flexible Rewards Points to Delta SkyMiles

In addition to earning SkyMiles via Delta’s co-brand cards, you can also transfer flexible points to SkyMiles from American Express Membership Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy. This allows you to earn flexible points across an array of rewards cards and achieve a better return on everyday spending than you can with the Delta cards, which receive just 1 mile per dollar on non-bonus purchases across the board. Not sure where to start? Check out our tips on putting together the ultimate Membership Rewards credit card combo, and our guide to cards earning Marriott Rewards points.

Ultimately, a long-term award travel plan will require a mix of flexible rewards points and dedicated airline miles if you want to sit up the pointy end of the plane in business or first-class, and you should plan your application strategy accordingly.

Application Restrictions

Delta co-branded cards are issued by Amex, which means they are subject to American Express's welcome offer policy restricting applicants to ‘one welcome bonus per lifetime per product.’ Amex has also introduced a new tool to its credit card application process that will inform you if you are eligible for a welcome bonus on the card you are applying for based on your application history and a host of other factors. For a full rundown, check out our comprehensive guide on credit card application restrictions.

An example of the Amex application restrictions for the Delta co-brand credit cards:

“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.”

While you can only receive the welcome bonus on each card once, holding one a Delta co-brand card doesn’t stop you from applying for other cards in the SkyMiles family and receiving the welcome bonus when your travel goals and priorities change.

Final Thoughts

The Delta co-brand credit cards offer plenty of value, and the premium cards are a no-brainer for anyone looking for a hand in achieving Delta Medallion status. You can earn hundreds of thousands of SkyMiles with the right spending strategy, putting you well on the path to your next award travel redemption.

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

Which Credit Cards Earn Delta SkyMiles?
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Comments

  • Great info, I wish Delta’s award availability and amount were more consistent for Europe.

  • I have the Gold; besides the Zone 1 boarding, I like all the offers that come with the card – I’ve saved at least the annual fee every year on AMEX offers.

  • I know everyone’s card selection will be different based upon many factors but for me the AMEX Gold cars suits me best with the 4x in restaurants and groceries and an be transferred to Skymiles.

  • Gold is a good card to have if you are in one of Delta’s hubs. I have LGA and JFK in New York for that. I’ve have a few flights with Delta each year and save on the baggage fees alone when I do check in luggage. Also helps when you get Zone 1 boarding and save on the Amex offers that I add to my card. Most of the time I use my Amex Platinum card for purchasing Delta flights to earn 5x points on airfare and transfer to Delta Skymiles.

  • If you fly delta alot the gold card is like a cheat code for economy comfort

  • Thinking next year of switching loyalty from AA to Delta. This would be a big help in achieving status.

  • I am also considering changing the majority of my flying from American to Delta. One of the things holding me back is the frequent flier program. I have gotten a great use out of my AAdvantage miles for business class redemptions. I don’t see how I could match that with the very unpredictable skymiles program. If I make the change,I would definitely want the Delta platinum card for help with status.

  • Like others have said, I prefer the gold of all the cards. It’s not my go to card by any means, but it can have value.

  • great info.
    I just wish they partnered with Chase like United does.
    Additionally, my purchasing options are fewer with amex (some local places near me refuse to take amex)

  • I must be thick…how can you use Marriott Rewards to earn Delta Skymiles?

  • Indeed, AMEX is NOT as widely accepted as one would like.

  • The Rewards Plus program is quite good too.

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