Big New Delta Amex Welcome Bonuses

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Today American Express and Delta have rolled out new welcome bonuses on three of their popular cards. These limited time offers are valid for applications through April 3, 2019.

Here are the details of the offers:

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

The Gold Delta SkyMiles Card is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 within the first three months. On top of that you can earn a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with your card within the first three months.

The card has a $95 annual fee (Rates & Fees) that’s waived for the first 12 months.

This card offers benefits like a first checked bag free, 20% inflight savings on food and beverage purchases, Delta SkyClub access for $29 per person, no foreign transaction fees, and more.


Redeem Delta SkyMiles for China Airlines’ 777 business class

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card is offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 bonus MQMs after spending $3,000 within the first three months. On top of that you can earn a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with your card within the first three months.

The card has a $195 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

This card offers benefits like a first checked bag free, 20% inflight savings on food and beverage purchases, priority boarding, Delta SkyClub access for $29 per person, no foreign transaction fees, a domestic main cabin roundtrip companion certificate each year on your account renewal, the ability to earn MQMs through credit card spend (up to 20,000 MQMs and 20,000 bonus miles if you spend $50,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year), and more.


Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Delta’s A350 business class

Delta Reserve® Credit Card

The Delta Reserve Card is offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 bonus MQMs after spending $5,000 within the first three months.

This card has a $450 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

This card offers a lot of great benefits, including complimentary SkyClub access, a roundtrip companion certificate each year on your account renewal valid for any cabin (including first class), and the ability to earn more MQMs and bonus miles through spend.


The Reserve Card offers a SkyClub membership

Eligibility for these cards

The welcome bonuses on each of these cards is “once in a lifetime,” meaning you can get each of the bonuses once. So if you’ve had one version of the card, you’re still eligible for other versions.

Amex’s general restrictions on applying for cards are as follows:

  • You can generally have at most five Amex credit cards at any given point; it doesn’t matter whether they’re personal or business, and this limit doesn’t include charge cards; note that some report getting approved for six or even seven cards, but that seems to be the exception rather than the norm
  • You can typically be approved for at most two American Express credit cards in 90 days, though there are some inconsistencies when it comes to that (again, this doesn’t include charge cards)

Bottom line

We used to see increased welcome bonuses on Delta cards all the time, though they’ve become less common as of late. So these increased bonuses are most definitely noteworthy, and in line with some of the best bonuses we’ve seen on their cards in the past.

If you don’t yet have the Gold Delta SkyMiles CardPlatinum Delta SkyMiles Card, or Delta Reserve Card, this is a great opportunity.

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

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Comments

  1. I haven’t flown Delta in over 20 years, as United and then American and JetBlue are my go-to airlines. But as AA planes get more cramped and its service levels wither, I’m definitely interested in switching to Delta as my secondary airline. The fact Delta has new aircraft like A220s that are roomy and spacious and don’t cram you like a pretzel into lavatories is a huge plus.

  2. @Lucky: a bit more that 6 months ago my son (fresh out of college) applied for the Delta Gold card and was instantly approved. He is planning to apply for the Delta Platinum card now that the bonus is increased. Will 7 months be enough in between the two applications (to get approved for the Platinum card)? Do they tend to approve the second card more if you already have the other one? Thanks

  3. @Luke Vader, you should make the switch. I’m based in NYC and have made 90% of my domestic flying a combo of JetBlue and Delta and it has been great. Occasionally also fly United as well, as I tend to fly a lot of star alliance carriers international. United is okay, but Delta is miles ahead of both them and AA. You might fly the exact same frames with Delta as you last did 20 years ago, but you wouldn’t be able to tell, their cabins are super fresh and updated.

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