How The Delta Amex $50-100 Statement Credits Work

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Update: This offer for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

While Delta SkyMiles aren’t my favorite mileage currency, at a minimum, SkyMiles can be redeemed for a penny each towards the cost of a Delta ticket. However, you should be able to do much better than that by redeeming for premium cabin international tickets.

Delta Amex Cards

One big aspect of the cards’welcome bonus that’s easily overlooked is the $50 statement credit with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card, and the $100 statement credit with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card. These credits can be triggered as long as you make any Delta purchase within the first four months.

The great thing about this offer is that it doesn’t matter how big of a purchase you make. If you book a Delta award ticket and pay just a few dollars in taxes and put it on the card, you’d get the full $50-100 statement credit, depending on which card you have.


If you don’t have an immediate Delta purchase in mind, it’s a no brainer to purchase a Delta eGift card, which can be purchased for just $50. So buying a $50 Delta gift card would trigger a $50 statement credit on the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, or a $100 statement credit on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Card from American Express. That’s pretty awesome. These gift cards don’t expire, so you can always buy them now and surely will find a use for them eventually.

Bottom line

This statement credit should be factored in when valuing the overall welcome bonuses. For many this credit will be good as cash, while for others it will be an opportunity to buy a $50 Delta gift card to use at a later time, or otherwise to pay the taxes on an award ticket. A $50-100 statement credit is pretty substantial, so you can potentially make money on this part of the welcome bonus.

This is another reason to consider these cards.

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  1. I’ve only seen data points of purchasing a gift card, does buying miles trigger the statement credit?

  2. What about seat upgrade fees? I paid for an upgrade to a preferred seat and haven’t gotten a credit. Perhaps I should contact Amex?

  3. Even if your first purchase is liquor during the flight, the credit will apply. Just happened to me last week.

  4. Really?
    With all due respect to your audience do they need clarification own delta purchase equaling a credit????

  5. @John clearly you haven’t been reading this blog for the last few years

    always be closing buddy

  6. Can you pay with points and use the companion certificate in the same transaction w/ the Plat card? Will primary pax in said scenario receive MQM/S?

  7. How long is the delta gift cards good for. We do not have planned delta trips for three years
    We have toddler and I do not travel for work
    So we want to wait until child is 4 before traveling, make life eaier for us and her

  8. I confirmed with Amex customer service and the terms state that gift cards are EXCLUDED from statement credit. Did anyone face this situation?

  9. @shrek2, yes they are technically excluded, but on my AMEX Platinum card with the $200 airline credit each year, $50 egift cards trigger the credit, $100 cards do not. It appears to be an automated thing. I unfortunately purchased a $100 card on the AMEX Delta Platinum Skymiles card and have not received the statement credit yet. I’m trying to decide if I want to try a $50 card to see if that works.

  10. Hey Everyone,

    Super late, but how long does it take to receive the credit? Is it instant or will I have to wait?


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