One Week Remaining For Big Delta Amex Welcome Bonuses

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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 and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

Since early March, Delta’s co-branded American Express cards have been offering some of their best welcome bonuses ever. These increased bonuses are limited time, and expire on April 11, 2018. That means you have about a week remaining to take advantage of these excellent offers.

Delta Amex Increased Sign-Up Bonuses

If you’ve been considering applying for one (or two) of these cards then the clock is ticking, and I’d recommend applying as soon as possible.

  • The Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card are offering 50,000 SkyMiles after spending $2,000 within three months, plus 10,000 additional SkyMiles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; the cards have $95 annual fees, which are waived for the first year
  • The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card are each offering 70,000 SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $3,000 within three months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; the cards have a $195 annual fee

While Delta SkyMiles aren’t my favorite mileage currency, these offers are still worth considering. If nothing else, SkyMiles can be redeemed for one cent each towards the cost of a Delta flight (more on that below), meaning that a 60,000-70,000 mile welcome bonus gets you $600-700 worth of travel on Delta.

Here are the basics you need to know about these cards:

Should you apply for the Gold or Platinum Delta Amex?

If you don’t have any Delta cards yet, are you better off applying for the Gold or Platinum version of the card? If you’re going for status with Delta, I’d say the Platinum is a great option, given that you get 10,000 MQMs with the welcome bonus, and have the opportunity to earn more MQMs with spend.

But if it’s the miles you’re after, I’d say the Gold is the better option, as you’re earning 60,000 miles upon completing qualifying purchases, with the annual fee waived the first year.

All co-branded cards count towards the Delta MQD waiver

Regardless of which card you apply for, you can earn a statement credit by making a Delta purchase within the first three months.

Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Air France business class

How does the $50-100 statement credit work?

The Gold versions of the card offer up to a $50 statement credit, while the Platinum versions of the card offer up to a $100 statement credit. In both cases you need a qualifying Delta transaction:

  • Any purchase made directly through Delta will trigger the statement credit; you don’t actually have to spend $50 or $100
  • The credit will be issued within 8-12 weeks of the eligible purchase, though in practice it typically posts much faster than that
  • You can only earn that statement credit once per card
  • It doesn’t matter who you’re making a purchase for, as long as it’s billed to your Delta credit card (so you could pay award ticket taxes for someone else’s ticket, for example)

Examples of purchases that would trigger a statement credit include paying the taxes on an award ticket, paying a checked bag fee, buying a snack or drink on a Delta flight, purchasing a Delta SkyClub day pass, or purchasing a Delta gift card. You can come out ahead quite nicely with this benefit.

Buying a SkyClub day pass would trigger the statement credit

How you can redeem Delta SkyMiles towards the cost of a ticket

There are still instances where it can make a lot of sense to redeem SkyMiles towards premium cabin award tickets. However, I think there’s value in looking at the least value you should be getting out of a points currency as well.

This is a unique feature of the SkyMiles program. Specifically, if you have a Delta co-branded credit card then you can redeem SkyMiles for one cent each towards the cost of a ticket, in increments of 5,000 miles. The Pay With Miles benefit is available exclusively to those with select Delta co-branded credit cards, and even elite members without the credit card don’t have access to this benefit.

The best part is that when you redeem miles using this feature you’re still eligible for complimentary elite upgrades, you’re still eligible to earn MQMs and MQDs, and you can even earn redeemable miles for the portion of the ticket you paid cash for.

Like I said, this isn’t personally how I’d want to redeem SkyMiles, but it does establish a nice minimum for the value you can get out of the miles.

These Delta Amex welcome bonuses can earn you a lot of travel on Delta

Who is eligible to apply for these Delta Amex cards?

Here are the general restrictions you should be aware of if applying for these cards:

Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Virgin Australia business class

Bottom line

The welcome bonuses on the Delta Amex cards are as good as they get. If you don’t yet have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card, and/or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card, I’d seriously consider applying. You can potentially earn the welcome bonuses for two of these cards during the remaining promotion period, for up to 140,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles.

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  1. Delta is the average looking girl friend you have. Not much to excite but solid, dependable and always there. Sure you can grease your nether regions with some other exciting airline for a little while but you will always come back to the same dependable girl who will always welcome you back.

  2. Signing up through your affiliate link soon because, well, Live and Let’s Fly said I should (Matthew tweeted he doesn’t have any links at the moment). Appreciate the content, which I view almost daily, and the occasional reply tweet. Cheers.

  3. If i had delta gold or other cards before, but it has been over 5 years(probably more like 10 or 15) can I still get the bonus for signing up for the cards?

  4. @Spencer B. — Seems like twice per year, once in the spring, once in the fall, a little before Christmas.

  5. I’ve got about 150K AmEx points and 30K Delta Skymiles from a paid F trip on VS. Just approved, so this will top the honeymoon balance quite nicely for next’s year IAD –> AMS –> ZNZ adventure.

  6. Actually, I decided to support View from the Wing’s Gary Leff through his Delta affiliate link this time around. Sorry. Got to spread out the commissions among the bloggers whose content I consume.

  7. “You’re still eligible to earn MQMs and MQDs”

    Just to be clear, though, it’s the net MQDs after the ticket price is reduced when you Pay With Miles.

    So $500 ticket, use 30K mile, $200 net price. The MQDs will be that $200, less whatever taxes shenanigans are pulled.

  8. My husband and I both had the Gold Delta Amex for many years. Now that we’re married, to us it doesn’t make sense to pay the $95 annual fee twice . We were thinking about canceling his Gold Amex card when we came across the current Platinum promotion. I travel often for work but he usually only travels on Delta a couple times a year with me. Would it make sense for both of us to cancel our Gold cards and apply for the Platinum card – adding my husband as an authorized user? The Platinum would cost us an additional $5 in annual fees but would come with the companion certificate so that seems like a solid benefit. Are there any disadvantages to cancelling the Gold card and would we receive a pro-rata share of the annual fees we’ve already paid?

  9. @ Jen — I definitely think it could make sense to apply for the Delta Platinum Card, especially given the huge sign-up bonus at the moment. The benefits more than justify the annual fee, in my opinion. Unfortunately Amex doesn’t offer pro-rated annual fees anymore, but I still think it’s worthwhile. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  10. As an update, I just saw that paying the fees ($5.60) on an award ticket triggered the $100 statement credit.

  11. ( Hi fellow travelers, I recently received an email offer from Delta/Amex to refer friends to the Platinum Delta Skymiles Card. Through the link provided applicants “…can earn an elevated welcome offer—70,000 bonus miles plus 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after spending $3,000 or more in eligible purchases with their new Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, they can earn a $100 statement credit after they make a Delta purchase with their new Card in the first 3 months” – thats all from the email they sent. This is double the current public bonus, so if you’re looking for one of the better signups this is it. The link expires May 16th.

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