Delta Amex Cards Offering Huge New Bonuses

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American Express issues all co-branded Delta credit cards, and today some major changes have been made to their card portfolio (this was first announced back in September 2019).

Delta Amex Cards Increased Bonuses

Not only have changes been made to the card benefits (which you can read about at the link above), but Amex is also offering limited time increased bonuses on their suite of co-branded credit cards, valid for applications through April 1, 2020. Let’s take a look at the very basic details of the welcome offers, sorted by annual fees, starting with personal cards:

Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card (Review)

  • Earn 15,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $1,000 within three months
  • No annual fee (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (Review)

  • Earn up to 70,000 bonus SkyMiles:
    • Earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 within three months
    • Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card (Review)

  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus SkyMiles:
    • Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 within three months
    • Earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $250 annual fee (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (Review)

  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus SkyMiles and up to 20,000 bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles):
    • Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 bonus MQMs after spending $5,000 within three months
    • Earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $550 annual fee (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

  • Earn up to 70,000 bonus SkyMiles:
    • Earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 within three months
    • Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus SkyMiles:
    • Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 within three months
    • Earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $250 annual fee (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus SkyMiles and up to 20,000 bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles):
    • Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 bonus MQMs after spending $5,000 within three months
    • Earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $550 annual fee (Rates & Fees)

Bottom Line

I’ll have a lot more coverage on these cards in the coming days, but these are some excellent bonuses that are well worth taking advantage of if you’re eligible. The bonuses on each of these individual cards is “once in a lifetime,” so you’re eligible for the bonus on each card once.

All of Amex’s usual rules for credit card applications apply.

Do you plan on picking up one of these rebranded Delta Amex cards?

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

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Comments
  1. @Santastico… don’t be silly. We all know he had to wait for his referral links to #pumppumppump. @Lucky your content is great, you have to find a way to stop appearing like a shill with credit cards. Why couldn’t you have posted right away and then add in something like I will have my referral links later and would appreciate you waiting to use them?

  2. @Lukas: interesting that I sent him this way earlier this morning. Couldn’t care less but I informed wayyy earlier than he posted.

  3. Also – some (all?) of the cards are metal now. You can request a replacement to have a metal one sent to you if you’re already a cardholder.

  4. I think Delta has some of the worst redemption rates, especially for J to Asia. They’d need to double those numbers for me to even consider.

  5. Steve – 100,000 SkyPesos got you round trip J to Europe in last year’s flash sale. It also got you $2,000 in value in Delta Vacations during last year’s sale. At a minimum it’s $1,000 in airfare.

  6. Lol at Santastico saying “Couldn’t care less” when he is obviously extremely caremad he didn’t get recognized in a blog post

  7. Lucky, please let us know about if lifetime restrictions on Amex bonuses apply to these cards. I had an Delta Platinum 2015-2017 (?) that came with a 70K bonus. Appreciate all the card bonus tips, much!

  8. Sometimes I wish Amex had more of a 5/24-like restriction. The five-card limit makes it challenging for those of playing the long game. I would love to earn the sign-up bonus for each of these cards. I would even consider keeping open the platinum card in addition to the reserve. The companion pass is useful and new multipliers can be a way to top off an account.

    I may not think SkyMiles are the most valuable, but I earn and burn them more than any other currency without much effort. I definitely don’t go out to earn them through spend.

    While a terrible redemption, I’ve increasingly have began to use the “pay with points” feature to reduce the cost of tickets. It’s not so bad as it earns MQM. I’d rather earn MQM than redeem for an additional $0.001/mile with a normal award flight. For where I travel, I don’t seem to ever find good redemptions or availability with award flights. Taking a four figure discount off my annual delta spend without penalizing MQM or finding availability or finding a “good” redemption value (e.g., min $0.012/mile) is much more useful than six or seven figure SkyMiles balance sitting idle. I’d love to use these sign up bonuses for just that purpose. The one other use I’ve found Skymiles for is for upgrading to Delta One. When there is availability, it’s not hard to achieve 1.5 – 2 cents per point. I don’t know why this works on upgrades but not a full fare, but it’s useful.

    Why anyone would put serious spend on a Delta card? I have no idea. Even if one were after status, it would still probably be more efficient to buy into the benefits directly through premium class fares. I think the one niche case could be to “top off” a balance to make it make it useful for a specific redemption. Even then, that could be accomplished more effectively with an AmEx MR card.

    One has to wonder… with all these additional SkyMiles floating around chasing limited inventory ruthlessly guarded by revenue management, when will be the next great devaluation?

  9. Isn’t this a completely new card? The promotional email from them implies that it is. I used to have the Gold and Platinum Delta cards so I hope that I would be eligible for the bonus for this new card too.

  10. @Santastico ..dude, chill out with a hard seltzer. Did you think that perhaps Ben heard about this even before you notified him? I suspect that since he is very transparent about his commissions that he probably receives advance notice as an Amex agent before general public. And if you don’t care, then why the passive-aggressive message begging for hat tipping? Give it a rest.

  11. How strict is the once in a lifetime welcome bonus? I got one from Delta possibly in 1997-1999. That’s 21 years ago.

    Or should I don’t risk it and apply for a business card because I am certain that I didn’t have that before.

  12. @derek

    With that kind of gap you’re likely fine. I’ve seen a number of reports online that the Amex “lifetime” lookback is seven years after closure. If you currently have any other Amex card, you can check with an agent via chat what Amex products you’ve had in the past. If they don’t see your old Delta card you’re good to go.

  13. Long time Delta Reserve card holder and strangely they just sent me a replacement plastic card last month. Now they’ve rolled out the new purple metal (wonder if it will give folks hives).

    I put $60k on the card every year to get the 30k MQMs. This year I did it all in January before the new rules kicked in eliminating the 15,000 redeemable miles at each threshold. I’ll take the 1.5mi/$ vs. 1 after 1/31/19 to get my 30k MQMs. Likely won’t spend another dollar on the card the rest of the year despite the fact that they’ve now gone from 2mi/$ on Delta spend to a more competitive, but still not best in class, 3mi/$. Unless it looks like I have an easy shot at Diamond vs. my typical Platinum (more years than I care to count) then I might spend to the $90k level to get the additional 15k MQMs. For me the $15k MQDs is the limiting factor on Diamond and I haven’t yet decided to take a trip on Aeromexico on a Chinese airline to get artificial MQDs.

  14. Yes, Delta has some great redemption possibilities if you can find them. Have managed a few good ones in the past. However, their points program is so frustrating and absurd now- with extremely high redemption rates- that it is not worth it for many people. I stopped with SkyMiles last year. Delta isn’t as great as some people make it out to be and their loyalty program sucks. Very arrogant customer relations team. These bonuses seem more like a con for the unaware.

  15. Honest question: why would one choose Reserve over Amex Platinum? Platinum gets you the skyclub membership same as Reserve, but also 5x miles on all airfare (instead of 3 and only on Delta); Priority Pass; and Gold at Hilton and Marriott. And the airline fee credits, Uber cash, and Saks (as stupid as that one is) all help to reduce the actual cost. It seems like the only advantages the other way are the MQM/MQD waivers and the couple of guest passes to the skyclub. To me that seems nowhere near worth it, but I’d be interested in others’ views.

  16. AJP – Some have both, like me. I value the MQM boosts on the Delta Reserve and the companion pass, and I value 5x on airlines, the various credits, and Amex FHR on the Amex Platinum.

  17. there is nothing special to having access to the already crowded Amex lounges. It will only increase the overcrowding. this week alone I walked out of the lounges at LGA and MIA because they were packed. Went to the new United lounge at LGA which was beautiful and the American lounge at MIA which was similar.

    And if I could swap my metal card for plastic please let me know.

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