Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
Through December 21, 2014, American Express is offering an increased welcome bonus on their personal and business versions of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Cards.
In both cases they’re offering:
- 50,000 Delta SkyMiles if you spend $1,000 within your first three months of card membership
- $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase within your first three months of card membership
The annual fee is $95, and it’s waived the first year. This welcome bonus is substantially higher than their usual welcome bonus, which hovers around 30,000 miles upon completing minimum spend.
This is almost identical to the offer American Express had on the card back in August.
As I explained back then, I consider this to be a very good welcome bonus. While SkyMiles aren’t my favorite mileage currency in the world, keep in mind Delta will be allowing one-way awards for half the cost of a roundtrip as of January 1, 2015. Unfortunately it’s coming at the expense of stopovers on roundtrip awards.
One other massive improvement to SkyMiles is that they now have a functional award calendar, which makes it so much easier to search award availability.
So despite the loss of stopovers, I’d consider the changes to be a net gain.
SkyMiles continue to be extremely valuable for redemptions on some of their partner airlines, like Alitalia, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, etc., which offer some of the best products and availability in their respective markets.
If you’re an occasional Delta flyer the card comes with some other useful benefits as well, like priority boarding, a free checked bag, etc.
These cards aren’t especially rewarding for everyday spend, though these are very nice welcome bonuses. If you don’t have the cards yet, I’d certainly consider applying under this offer.
(Tip of the hat to Million Mile Secrets)