Limited Time: Huge Delta Amex Welcome Bonuses

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At the beginning of March, some phenomenal limited time welcome bonuses were rolled out on co-branded Delta Amex cards. This is a reminder of that, as these bonuses will be expiring in less than two weeks, so the clock is ticking.

While Delta SkyMiles is far from my favorite mileage currency, I at least appreciate that miles in the program have a “floor” value, based on all the ways there are to redeem SkyMiles for one cent each towards Delta purchases. That potentially makes these bonuses pretty rewarding, given how much travel they could get you.

Delta Amex bonuses improved through April 28, 2021

There are limited time bonuses on six Delta Amex cards, which are valid for applications through April 28, 2021. These are among the best offers we’ve seen on these cards, and some of these bonuses include redeemable miles, elite miles, and even statement credits.

Let’s go through the offers that are available.

Delta Gold Personal Amex: 70K miles

The Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card is offering a bonus of 70,000 SkyMiles after spending $2,000 within the first three months. The card has a $99 annual fee that’s waived for the first 12 months (Rates & Fees).

The Gold Delta Amex (both business and personal) offers perks like a first checked bag free, priority boarding, savings on inflight purchases, and more.

Read a full review of the Gold Delta Amex.

Delta Gold Business Amex: 70K miles + $50 credit

The Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card is offering a bonus of 70,000 SkyMiles plus a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 within the first three months. The card has a $99 annual fee that’s waived for the first 12 months (Rates & Fees).

Receive priority boarding with the Delta Gold Card

Delta Platinum Personal Amex: 90K miles

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card is offering a bonus of 90,000 SkyMiles after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The card has a $250 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

The Platinum Delta Amex (both business and personal) offers perks like an annual companion certificate, the ability to earn status through credit card spending, a Global Entry credit, a first checked bag free, priority boarding, savings on inflight purchases, and more.

Read a full review of the Platinum Delta Amex.

Delta Platinum Business Amex: 90K miles + $100 credit

The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card is offering a bonus of 90,000 SkyMiles plus a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The card has a $250 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

Receive a companion ticket with the Delta Platinum Card

Delta Reserve Personal Amex: 80K miles + 20K MQMs

The Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card is offering a bonus of 80,000 SkyMiles plus 20,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $5,000 within the first three months. The card has a $550 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

The Reserve Delta Amex (both business and personal) offers perks like an annual companion certificate, access to Delta SkyClubs and American Express Centurion Lounges, two Delta SkyClub passes annually, the ability to earn status through credit card spending, a Global Entry credit, a first checked bag free, priority boarding, savings on inflight purchases, and more.

Read a full review of the Reserve Delta Amex.

Delta Reserve Business Amex: 80K miles + 20K MQMs + $200 credit

The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card is offering a bonus of 80,000 SkyMiles plus 20,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles plus a $200 statement credit after spending $5,000 within the first three months. The card has a $550 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

Receive SkyClub access with the Delta Reserve Card

How many Delta Amex cards are you eligible for?

Each of these Delta American Express cards is considered a separate product, and you’re eligible for the bonus on each card once. In other words, you could get both the business and personal version of the Gold, Platinum, and Reserve over time, which opens up lots of opportunities. That means a vast majority of people should be eligible for the bonuses on at least some of these cards.

Amex’s standard card application rules apply.

Which Delta Amex offer is best?

Which Delta Amex offer is best depends entirely on what you’re looking for and what your travel profile is like. As far as my general advice goes:

  • If you’re just a casual Delta flyer, it’s hard to go wrong with the big bonuses and waived first-year fees on the Delta Gold Cards
  • For those who fly Delta a bit more often, the Delta Platinum Cards are great, given the annual companion certificate
  • For the frequent Delta flyer who is going for status, the Delta Reserve Cards are offering 20,000 bonus MQMs, which is potentially huge
  • If you’re deciding between a personal and business card (and don’t want both), then I’d generally recommend a business card, given that the offers include a statement credit as well

Keep in mind that Delta’s “Pay With Miles” feature allows you to redeem your SkyMiles for at least one cent each towards the cost of a Delta ticket. That means 70,000-90,000 SkyMiles will get you a minimum of $700-900 worth of airfare, and that doesn’t even include the other aspects of these bonuses.

Bottom line

Through April 28, 2021, Delta Amex cards are offering increased bonuses that are among the best we’ve seen. You can earn anywhere from 70,000 to 90,000 redeemable miles, and on top of that some cards are even offering elite miles and/or statement credits.

If there are any Delta Amex cards you haven’t had yet, I’d highly recommend applying with this promotion. You don’t want to wait too much longer, because these offers expire in less than two weeks.

Will you pick up a Delta Amex card with one of these bonuses?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (Rates & Fees), and Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card (Rates & Fees).

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Comments
  1. If I sign up for the Delta Reserve (to keep Platinum status with 20 MDMs have 50K that rolled over), if I spend the $5000 does that pool with my Delta Platinum MDQ waiver for the $25K spend within the year or is it per card to get the 12,500 MDMs?

  2. I read this terms but wasn’t sure:

    Eligible purchases made by Additional Card Members on the Basic Card Member’s Eligible Card Account will count toward the eligible purchase threshold. Eligible Cards are the following: Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Card, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business Card, and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business Card. Other Cards are not eligible for the MQD Waiver. However, if linked to the same SkyMiles number, eligible purchases made on a Delta SkyMiles® Blue Card, Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card, Delta SkyMiles® Business Card, or Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business Card will continue to count towards the MQD Waiver spend threshold requirements. This benefit extends to Basic Card Members only. Additional Card Members are not eligible.

  3. Yesterday: Another SkyPeso devalution!
    Today: Another fantastic opportunity to earn valuable SkyMiles!

  4. I now have in the top of my credit cards doc “never accumulate SkyMiles again, no matter what”.

    The already-high price of the partner award I was trying to book — one of the only half-decent uses of SkyMiles left — increased twice during the pandemic. It’s now up 50% in under a year.

    Lucky, this does feel a bit disingenuous. I feel like you are willing to describe bad FF programs accurately, but then you can kind of turn into TPG when there are CC bonuses. I totally understand this is how you support yourself and your team, but remember that a lot of us come to this site because of your honesty and frank assessments, so just be careful of that.

    I think a better way to start out would have been “SkyMiles have become nearly worthless for travel redemptions recently [links] [to] [recent] [posts], but there are many ways to redeem them for 1 cent in value. So look at these offers and consider them *only as cash*; there’s sadly no reasonable way to get outsize value from Delta anymore.”

  5. As usual, I will defend Delta cards – I have two of them (Reserve and Platinum) and would encourage people to sign up for these bonuses

    1) At a minimum, these bonuses are worth $700 to $900 in equivalent cash value – if any card offered a similar *cash* sign up bonuses, everyone and their mother would say those would be great bonuses
    2) You can potentially get outsize value on these cards by booking on Delta metal using flash sales to Europe, Asia and domestically
    3) I spend on these cards primarily for MQM bonuses – as a business traveler that usually flies delta, the extra 15,000 to 30,000 MQM annually can be invaluable. I usually put some big recurring non bonus spending on my Reserve for this
    4) Companion passes have historically given be $300 a year of value at least, maybe $500 or more on the Reserve first class companion pass
    5) Historically, the AU on my card has been able to use the card for SkyClubs when she is traveling without me, and we get good value out of it
    6) Various Amex bonuses in recent years have been generous

    At least one of these cards are a keeper for me, year after year. I put dining, grocery and other bonus spending on Chase or Amex Gold, as most should, but these cards will stay in my collection. The bonuses are very useful, especially for this year when domestic travel will be a priority for many. $900 can maybe get you four round trip tickets this summer depending on your destination.

  6. These increased offers might be enough for a one way between JFK and BOS in basic economy! Sign me up!

  7. Adam – I don’t need “outsize value” from Delta – I can get that from Chase, Amex, Citi, whoever – what I do get is a lot of “fair value” from these cards, and as a Delta flyer, I appreciate it

  8. I will echo @Anthony’s comments. Skymiles have a lot of rotten redemptions, but there are some decent to great ones. I am going to Hawaii next week with them. Tickets were 10K roundtrip in Basic Economy or 17K in main cabin. Not every program is for every frequent flyer.

  9. Trash currency with a trash program. 90k gets me half way to a one-way seat in J to Europe lol. Nah I’m good.

  10. @ Ben — My DL Reserve personal card AF billed just yesterday, and the AF was only $450 (I was expecting $550). I opened the card January 29, 2020. Why is my fee lower?

  11. What a pile-of-s..t!. My award round trip to Europe from ATL in business on AA is115,000 miles. Delta wants 320,000 one freaking way. Oh yeah, I’m ATL based & I avoid DL like the plague. Suckers.

  12. Airline miles/points value does not and should not revolve around J redemptions to Europe on partner metal. But keep pushing the “Skypesos are worthless” narrative; there are people out there like me who can get some decent redemptions off award flights.

  13. 90,000 Delta miles in a few months will probably get you an economy seat one way from Chicago to Miami at the rate they devalue these things.

  14. Whats the consensus on how long it takes for Amex’s “once per lifetime” to reset? Last I heard on Flyertalk it was ~7 years, but dont remember if thats from when previous bonus was received or when the previous card was cancelled.

  15. Longtime Delta loyalist. I have used millions of Skymiles to fly all over the world. Last year that all changed. Based on the way that they’re pricing awards now they’ve fundamentally changed my perception on the best use of miles. Now I earn and burn domestically almost exclusively, sometimes to “pay” for upgrades (gasp). With fare sales this presents the $/mile on redemptions. This year you can also earn MQM’s for award flights and if you have status these roll over into next year (and beyond). I’m planning on doing a bunch of domestic award flights this year. I’ll book my international business tix with FlyingBlue (SkyTeam including DL) or AA points.

  16. Uh. If I were a Delta flyer, I’d use an Amex Plat and buy business class:
    * Access to Delta Lounges
    * 5x points that are worth something
    * You get free bags, priority, etc thanks to your fare.

  17. It really doesn’t matter; SkyMiles are very close to worthless. Face it, frequent flyers: Delta is just not into you.

  18. I was rejected for the 90k card, “too many new bank card accounts” from an Experian pull.

    I have no new bank card accounts, and only two active cards on the Experian report that I confirmed online and by phone with Experian.

    AmEx says they do an automated verification, so they cannot specifically tell me what data flagged me. And they don’t offer to look more into this. Is there anything I can do?

    I have the two credit cards and a recent refi, that’s it. I’ve spent hours on the phone trying to get answers, with no luck. Six figure income, no revolving debt, and a lot of head scratching on this one.

  19. I use to have both the personal and business Delta AmEx cards. Now with Reserve, Platinum, and Gold, are these considered different from the traditional cards…I ask because I wonder if I would be given the bonus since I had the others before. Can anyone tell me?

  20. Most of Europe Skymiles economy redemptions for Fall 2021for me are only 70k miles round trip. That’s about 0.016-0.02/mi redemption

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