80K+ SkyMiles With Biggest Ever Delta Amex Bonuses (Last Day)

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Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card and the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.


In late May, Delta and American Express launched increased welcome offers across their co-branded cards. These limited-time offers are only available through July 2, 2019, so if you have been considering one of these cards but haven’t yet applied, you have just one day left to apply.

Here are the details of the increased offers on the Delta SkyMiles Amex cards:

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.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

The Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card is offering a welcome bonus of 70,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 within the first three months. Additionally, you can earn a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with your card within the first three months.

The card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 going forward (Rates & Fees).

Delta Gold card perks

Both the business and personal Delta Gold 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).

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card is offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 MQMs after you spend $6,000 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).

Delta Platinum card perks

The Delta Platinum cards offer 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.

You can earn 15,000 MQMS and 15,000 bonus miles after making $30,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year, which is helpful if you’re going for elite status with Delta.

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

Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

The Delta Reserve Business Card is offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 bonus miles plus 5,000 MQMs after spending $6,000 within the first three months.

You can earn 15,000 MQMS and 15,000 bonus miles after making $30,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year, which is helpful if you’re going for elite status with Delta.

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

Delta Reserve card perks

Both versions of the Delta Reserve cards offer 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
  • 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)

In theory, you should be able to apply for two of these offers before the deadline, so there’s a lot of potential here, given the six card options.

More info

For more on these cards, see some of the other posts I’ve written about these increased bonuses:

Bottom line

If you’ve been considering one of these bonuses but haven’t yet applied, you have just one day left to do so.

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.

Given the varied portfolio of Amex Delta cards, there should be something here for everyone.

Delta Amex Cards

Which Delta Amex card is most compelling to you?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card (Rates & Fees), Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business 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. Very excited to earn a best-ever Skymiles bonus that still doesn’t cover the cost of a one-way premium cabin redemption or a round trip economy redemption to another continent!

  2. @Lucky, many years ago I had the Gold Delta personal card and did a product upgrade to the Platinum Delta card. My account number never changed etc. and I eventually switched it to a different Amex product. Does the “once in a lifetime” rule mean that I can only get the bonus once if I have ever had the card? Or once per application? Basically, I’m wondering if I can still get a bonus on the Platinum since I never applied for it as a separate card. Thanks!

  3. 80,000 SKYMILES?!? That is so exciting. I would be 1/4 of the way to being able to fly one-way by myself to Europe in DeltaOne. I can take my whole family round trip by just somehow getting FORTY signup bonuses. Can we just finally all admit that SkyMiles is a garbage program and move on?

  4. Doug,

    The sign-up bonus may be able to get the family to Orlando, Hawaii, Montreal or Denver.

    I have a couple of these cards and use them – combined with business travel, Delta Skymiles can be a good way to get around the country, with the occasional international trip. Nice when combined with other currencies for international travel. Don’t be so dramatic.

  5. If it was 80,000 Amex points then this would be a good deal. However, 80K Delta SkyMiles won’t even buy you a one way economy ticket from the east coast to Europe… delta mileage redemptions are garbage…

  6. I’m in agreement with Doug. I was targeted earlier in the year for an 80K signup bonus on the Platinium Skymiles card. Good luck, however, being able to redeem these for premium international travel. From PIT, Delta wants 88K miles for a round trip to AMS in main cabin and 384K in Delta One. Their dynamic pricing is a joke. There are better deals from the bigger cities but generally you aren’t going to get a good deal with Skymiles.

  7. The reason Delta charges high prices is simple demand economics. If you ran Delta, you’d charge as much too. Dont hate, congratulate.

  8. STOP It’s a trap! LOL This seems like a fool’s errand considering the awful redemption rates for skymiles. I mean sure, sign up for the bonus, get your 70K miles then transfer an additional 45K Amex points to your account for a business class redemption. You’d be much better off just sticking with Amex Platinum and converting point to Virgin Atlantic. Basically stepping over a dollar to pickup a penny, or am I wrong?

  9. I got instant approval for the Plat Business – maybe need ton of miles – but 86K miles for 6K spend is a no brainer. I may not use, but can give family free economy as gifts.

    This is my 30th card in the 3 years I have been following this blog. I am just doing business now as trying to get under 5/24 by years end to start with the Chase cards, but did get both IHG, BA, and a Southwest before all went to 5/24

    I think it is worthwhile to eventually get all the AMEX cards and suck the MR and other miles dry.

    hahahah

  10. Out of interest, can people outside the United State, for example the folks in the United Kingdom, apply these cards?

  11. Wow! Awesome! If I sign up for this 6 times that’s 480,000 miles and then I’ll only need 15,000 more for a one way business class flight! I wrote this comment and see that others have said the same thing. Agreed. Delta Skymiles sucks. No more cobranded US based cards for me.

  12. I used delta miles to redeem flights to Colombia in economy. Easily among the worst flights I have had in several years.

  13. Not really sure what you are all whining about. For 105K miles + $ 5.60 I can get a flight Maui to MUC, all three segments in First with lie flat seats on a few days next April. Try that with United, all you get with them for decent miles once a month is ‘mixed cabin’, unless you want to cough up 165K miles plus a few hundred $. Had a great flight last year on the same route with Delta/Aeroflot, and again next July with Delta/KLM, each for 70 K miles.

  14. Booked R/T tix to VIE over July 4th week for 172,000 in DeltaOne originating from ATL and <$20 in taxes and fees. It's still possible to find semi-reasonable rewards with SkyMiles. Not the most useful points currency but not worthless by a long shot.

  15. Banned from Amex signup bonuses. I have only ever gotten two of them, and held both cards a year. So, not jumping on this one obviously.

  16. Off topic,
    Comment censorship is going to far.

    A comment almost exactly like @TProphet at 11:14pm was posted much earlier, not long after this blog post was published. I could be this or a similar post I don’t know. But that post which should be at the very top was gone.

    If you are policing readers who got banned from AMEX (which sounds completely relevant and nothing political), I suggest you shut off comments completely. This is going too far.

    I expect this post to get deleted too.

  17. Unfortunately 80,000 Skymiles might get you a round trip from ATL to SAV, and that’s no exaggeration with Skypesos

  18. To all those hating on Delta’s premium cabin mileage requirements, you should consider that most people fly economy and Skymiles especially during flash fares have excellent redemption rates then. During my university’s Thanksgiving break, I flew a round-trip from Indianapolis to New Orleans for 15k Skymiles when tickets were $300+, and AA was 25k points. And I’m getting tickets from 12k round-trip to LAX from IND this Thanksgiving. I’ve never gotten anywhere near 2cpp on coach using any other program.

  19. Most of the comments on this post are highlighting one significant problem: although these sign-up bonuses are the highest ever, they are only highest in nominal terms. Adjusted for the devaluation of Skymiles in recent years, this offer fares poorly compared to previous ones.

    For instance, about a decade ago, I had to book via Delta (and before that, Northwest) trips from the East Coast to Central Asia (usually via Amsterdam, continuing on KLM) about 2-3 times a year. During that time, the average cash cost of those tickets all-in were around $2k for economy and $10k for business. Also around that time, the signup bonus for Delta cards was usually around 25k. At that time, I routinely could get a round-trip economy trip for about 70k miles and could often find business for 90k. And at that time miles were accrued based on actual flight miles rather than revenue. It was about 16k flight miles in this case before any bonuses or promos, which were also more frequent at that time. Consequently, I usually had enough miles after just 2-3 of these trips in economy to book a free business class the next time, and if I was a bit short, the 25k signup bonus would cover more than 25% of the round-trip business cost.

    Fast forward 10-15 years to now, and I find that the cash costs of these flights are almost identical to what they were back then (a bit less in some cases), but the cost in miles is astronomical. Just getting to Amsterdam–the halfway point–in business is often 500k miles, and that doesn’t even include the additional segment to Central Asia, which is practically extinct with miles now, but would probably be another 300k if I could even find such a thing. So even an 80k sign-up bonus would only get me about 10% of the full ticket cost.

    In sum, around 2005, a 25k sign-up bonus would get me 25% of a round-trip business class ticket, but in 2019, an 80k bonus gets me only 10%, and I’m getting fewer miles for the paid segments to boot. So these offers are the “best” on paper, but in real terms, it’s not by a long shot. In the meantime, since I travel Delta far less frequently now, many of the miles in my account have been there for a decade and have been inexorably deteriorating in value.

  20. Raghav has it exactly right. Other benefits:

    1) Delta will upgrade you on award tickets – I have been upgraded on a few as both a Gold and Silver
    2) You can pay with miles to upgrade paid domestic flights, which still earn MQM and MQD
    3) You can also pay with miles on tickets – it’s 1 cent per mile, but it can be useful at some times

    Look, Delta points are worth anywhere from 1 cent to 2 cents per mile. For those that are flying a lot of Delta anyway (like millions of business travelers), they are a useful currency. When looking for international business class, Delta is usually the last airline I check – I have a stash of UR, MR, American Miles, etc for that purpose. But for domestic travel, you can get a lot of use out of 80,000 Skymiles.

  21. I know the miles aren’t that valuable, but I do end up flying Delta quite a bit because of where family is located. Soooooo. . . The checked bags, the companion pass, and to a lesser degree the miles too, are still valuable to me.

    However, last time there was a big signup bonus I was given the “you’re not eligible” message on Delta Platinum. I have never had Delta Platinum Amex, I currently hold Delta Gold Amex.

  22. I have a handful of questions as I never really considered AMEX cards or Delta, but I’m moving to SLC soon and will rely on DL heavily.
    – For the reserve card do you need to be flying on Delta to use the club access?
    – Do AMEX cards have any 5/24 related restrictions?
    – How is the acceptance of AMEX cards these days in relation to MC and Visa?
    – Is the priority boarding different between platinum and reserve?

    Thanks!

  23. Delta SkyMiles, much like AA and now UA miles, are hot garbage. 80k is laughable. Give us 250k sign up and then we could consider that being worthwhile. No one should bite at this offer and then maybe airlines/banks will take us consumers seriously. In regards to Lucky, he can publish whatever he likes and I totally respect that he’s running a business but let’s be real, he gets kickbacks for pushing these cards when people get approved via the link. Again, I am not hating on Ben at all but the truth is that and 80k to us isn’t a good deal at all.

  24. I must be in the minority here when it comes to finding availability. I agree that most of the time SkyPesos are worthless when you have a specific redemption in mind. I used my signup bonuses for both the Delta Amex Platinums – business and personal – and some other miles I’d earned to score two Delta 1 one-ways, LAX-BCN and CDG-SAN, in the fall. The return is in Delta Suites, too. Of course I was just looking for random routes to Europe from SoCal as I had time off and wanted to go somewhere, anywhere. I was flexible with dates and destinations figuring I can take intra-Europe flights easily. In all, it was 86,000 miles each and $350-ish in taxes/fees total. I’m quite pleased with my redemption. That’s not to say SkyMiles doesn’t suck, but there are hidden gems out there.

  25. @ Andre – See answers below to your questions:

    – For the reserve card do you need to be flying on Delta to use the club access? – Yes, you have to have a SkyTeam boarding pass for that day to enter a SkyClub. One nuance is that you can use SkyClub’s like “arrivals lounges” using them after you land on your last SkyTeam flight of the day. I find this handy in ATL when I want to wait out traffic I pull into a lounge and work for an hour or two before hitting the road.
    – Do AMEX cards have any 5/24 related restrictions? – Simple answer is no. They have other restrictions, but you can be over 5/24 and get approved.
    – How is the acceptance of AMEX cards these days in relation to MC and Visa? – Good in the US, less widely accepted abroad. Unfortunately Costco has gone to Visa from AmEx.
    – Is the priority boarding different between platinum and reserve? – No, same boarding group for Platinum and Reserve. Reserve has a number of perks, but one that doesn’t get a lot of attention is that it works as a tie-breaker for upgrades; not so for Platinum.

  26. 80,000 miles is enough for one way in Delta One or two round trips to Europe if you are flexible. Most people complaining expect unreasonable prices on the exact dates they desire.

  27. To be fair Delta runs some domestic specials, but you have to be flexible or just happen to be needing to fly that route when the specials appear. Otherwise it’s a junk program. The Platinum card could be good for lounge access for those that regularly fly paid Delta flights. The SkyMiles offered is nothing for any real international flight. Lucky gets a referral for their cards so he’s expected to promote their offers.

  28. Any idea how to charge 6k on the card in 3 months? Plastiq doesn’t work anymore and Amex is very restricted to Paypal.

  29. Pretty everyone agrees how shitty Delta has become in terms of its award travel. Do Sandeep Dube (Delta’s VP for Loyalty) and Ed Bastian (Delta’s CEO) ever read the blogs like this one, to see how how angry frequent flyers are with their program? Now they have 300K-400K miles one way per person for a premium cabin award ticket-and somebody said, what if you travel with a family? To have a decent travel experience using miles for a family one would need over 1million miles!! Are Mr. Dube and Mr. Bastian out of their mind? How about charging one million miles one way for one person? Or 2 millions? They might as well close this ridiculous charade called Delta Skymiles…

    I can’t imagine AMEX, their exclusive card partner, which pays Delta billions of dollars every years for the miles they give out for using their cards, is happy with a practical impossibility to redeem those cards for any decent award ticket, which will inevitably lead to less use of AMEX cards… Wake up AMEX! Froce Delta to change their award model, otherwise you will soon start loosing your own frustrated customers!

  30. Decided to bite on an earlier post regarding flights from ATL-SAV. Although I’m sure the comment that this flight costs 80,000 miles was a joke, I’ll still share this.

    ATL-SAV roundtrip
    November 2-9, 2019

    $249 (fare class X, Main Cabin) OR
    18,000 SkyMiles (fare class N, Main Cabin)

    Perfectly respectable 1.38cpp 🙂

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