Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
Through July 5, 2017, American Express is offering the biggest ever welcome bonuses on their co-brand Delta credit cards. These include the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card. Specifically, the details of the bonuses are as follows:
- The Gold Delta SkyMiles Card is offering 60,000 SkyMiles after spending $3,000 within four months, plus a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first four months; the card’s $95 annual fee is waived for the first year
- The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card is offering 70,000 SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $4,000 within four months, plus a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first four months; the card has a $195 annual fee
Like I said, these are the biggest ever welcome bonuses we’ve seen on Delta’s co-branded cards, so I think these are worth seriously considering. In fairness, Delta raised award costs in many markets earlier in the year, so “inflation adjusted” these bonuses aren’t that much better than in the past. However, they’re still excellent bonuses.
There are still many great uses of SkyMiles, and I value them at maybe 1.2 cents each. However, on the most basic level, Delta’s SkyMiles program is more and more moving towards a revenue model, where SkyMiles can typically be redeemed for at least a penny each towards the cost of a ticket. In other words, 60,000 SkyMiles would get you at least $600 in airfare, and 70,000 SkyMiles would get you at least $700 in airfare.
If you haven’t yet gotten these cards, I’d seriously consider applying.
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Should you apply for the Gold or Platinum card?
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 card 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 card is the better option, as you’re earning 60,000 miles upon completing qualifying purchases, with the annual fee waived the first year.
Regardless of which card you apply for, you can earn a statement credit by making a Delta purchase within the first four months.
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I already have one/two/five American Express cards… can I still apply?
You can have a maximum of five American Express credit cards and four American Express charge cards at any time.
It doesn’t matter whether they’re personal or business, so that means you can have four American Express business credit cards, or two American Express personal credit cards and two American Express business credit cards. Split it up however you’d like.
The Delta Amex cards are all credit cards and not charge cards.
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What kind of a Delta purchase is required for the statement credit?
The Gold version of the offer comes with a $50 Delta statement credit, while the Platinum version of the offer comes with a $100 Delta statement credit.
The purchase has to be made within four months, and any Delta coded purchase should qualify towards the statement credit. That means something like an onboard food or beverage purchase, or even a Delta gift card purchase, should qualify.
While SkyMiles aren’t worth as much as they used to be, these best ever offers are worth considering. If you don’t yet have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card, I’d recommend applying through this offer.
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