Delta Amex Cards Have Their Best Ever Welcome Bonuses Right Now

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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.

Redeem Delta SkyMiles for China Airlines business class

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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Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Air France business class

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.

Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Alitalia business class

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.


Bottom line

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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  1. Don’t do it.

    Delta will just keep raising the redemption price without notice. One-way business class trip to Asia on skyteam partner is already 95000 miles… it won’t take them long before they “enhance” the price to 100000 miles (or above).

  2. The Gold version of the offer comes with a $100 Delta statement credit if you decide to get it via while in the process to booking a flight ( do not have to complete the booking).

  3. I personally think Platinum is better. Even though it costs $100 more, it gives a free (you just pay fees and taxes) Main Cabin companion ticket within continental US. That it self pays for the fee. I just booked a ticket to Montana. The ticket cost me over $600 i.e. I already reedeemed 3 yrs worth of fees.

    P.S. You will have to wait for your card anniversary to get this benefit.

  4. Lucky, when will there be a post about the fact that you can now buy a bottle of Krug or Dom at the major Sky Clubs for 10,000 miles or 12,500 miles respectively? (All of the drinks on the bar menu are now listed at a value of 2 cents per Skymile. It’s hardly a revolutionary use of the currency, especially since you could debate whether any drinks should cost anything in an airline lounge, but if you have a decent number of miles it is an awfully appealing redemption option for a special occasion trip.)

  5. Lucky, curious what your thoughts are in terms of which card offers the greatest value between the 60k bonus on the Citi AAdvantage vs. the 60k Bonus on the Delta gold. Also, which do you think offers the best chance at approval?

  6. @ Jack — That’s a toughie. I’d probably give the slight edge to the AA card in terms of the value of the miles, though generally I find Amex cards are easiest to be approved for. Personally I’d apply for both, assuming you can complete the minimum spend. 🙂

  7. I grabbed my first skymiles card in early 1998…of course no signup bonus back then and of course AMEX won’t offer me anything for the past 19 years of business…

  8. It seems like the same offer as last year, no? In any case, Delta devalues annually, I regret taking them out. Instead of being close to a RT, I now get a one way.

  9. misleading title. There was a 70k bonus for the Gold card back in 2012 so this isn’t the best offer ever.

  10. @DeltaAirLines
    Yes and No. Their devaluation is largely the reason I stopped collecting delta and aa miles. However, sometimes they do surprise. I did get a round trip business class ticket from california to amsterdam last fall for 97K points.

  11. @Flo A charge card does not have a credit limit (well it does but its usually internal and you don’t know what it is and it can change depending on your profile and usage of the card) and when the statement cuts you have to pay the charge card in full. Some lenders give a pay over time feature for their charge cards but normally you have to pay the full amount each month. A credit card or revolver card gives you a set credit limit and you don’t need to pay the full amount at statement cut. Instead you can carry the balance and make minimum payments over time, but you will have to pay interest unless you have a 0% APR offer.

  12. I just booked two one-way economy tickets on DL from TPE to GNV for 40k + $88/tax each. Cash price would have been about $800 each. Yes, it’s economy but it will be my 9-year-old’s first Asia trip and I can’t spoil him too early. There was plenty of award availability even though it will be National Holiday. Taxes were double out of Hong Kong. HTH.

  13. I’d like to take advantage of this offer, but wonder if this means another upcoming devaluation. I think I’ll pass – I have been burned before by Delta and American Airlines.

  14. When you use the companion certificate, you are “paying” for one ticket, right? Do you get miles and MQM for both the paid and the companion ticket?

  15. @Larry. No, only the cardholder(paying passenger) gets MQM, MQD and SkyMile credit. No upgrade possibility for either. Companion gets nada.
    Still a very good Platinum card bene,

  16. Lucky, I currently have a DL Gold Amex, can I still get one of these and take advantage of the offer?

  17. @geoff.. actually, you are eligible for upgrades. Recently flying Msp > san, I was my wife’s companion ticket. She’s silver. We were 12,13 on the upgrade list. But you are correct, as the companion, I got no miles or mqm

  18. Aloha! As soon as we make our Amex platinum spend I’ll have my hubby ( he already has gold) apply for platinum and we will meet the spend. We live on Maui and I fly to NOLA and Orlando a few times a year, most times I can catch each way on delta for 22,500 miles which is a steal, it has not changed though you Said Mileage had changed. That flight is normally $800. Loyalty pays off for me twice a year about.

  19. The title says the offer is good through July 5. Not true. It’s still July 5 and the offer has expired.

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