Hours 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 today (April 11, 2018). And we’re not talking midnight, but often these offers are pulled earlier, so if you’re interested you’ll want to apply for these cards in the next few hours.

Delta Amex Cards

Here are the basics of the offers:

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. As a matter of fact, there’s arguably more value than before, as Delta has been lowering some of their partner airline award costs recently. 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® Credit Card from American ExpressPlatinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American ExpressThe Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Card from American Express and Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, I’d seriously consider applying in the next few hours. 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. I’d say go for these, too, if I hadn’t been waiting since OCTOBER for my Platinum Card’s miles and statement credit still. I’ve been in contact with AMEX customer service 3 times about the delay and each time I have gotten the same, “We’ve had a ‘glitch’ in our technology and are working to fix it to credit your accounts the $100 statement credit and bonus miles.” Anyone else had this issue? I have been told that “many, many customers” are having the same issue…

  2. I applied online yesterday. Didn’t get an instant decision, but “we’ll let you know within 14 days” message. Anyone know if that’s an indication of one way or another?

  3. @Ralph4878 I had the same issue from the Delta Platinum card which I applied for last May. Every time I called I would get the same answer. I finally got the miles posted to my account in December, but I was ready to give up on Amex all together at the time.

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