The Delta Amex Cards Have Big New Welcome Bonuses

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Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

Through September 19, 2018, American Express has brought back big welcome bonuses on their co-branded Delta credit cards.

These include the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressGold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express. Specifically, the details of the bonuses are as follows:

While we’ve seen similar offers a couple of times in the past, these welcome bonuses are worth seriously considering.

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 sign-up 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.

All co-branded cards count towards the Delta MQD waiver

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 five American Express business credit cards, or two American Express personal credit cards and three 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 Virgin Australia business class

Bottom line

While SkyMiles aren’t worth as much as they used to be, these offers are worth considering. If you don’t yet have the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressGold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, and/or Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, I’d seriously consider applying.

You’re potentially eligible for the bonuses on all four of these cards, as they’re all separate products.

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  1. Yeah, I’ve had a 75K offer for the gold card before, so this is not the “highest ever”.

  2. Agreed with Michael. I got the gold back in November with a 75k offer (50k after first $2,000 in spend within first three months, 25k after additional $1,000 within first 6 months, so basically structured identically to the current offer, but with an extra 15k miles).

  3. Followed the link and received the Platinum card. As a Canadian, I had been working towards getting a US card for some time. I received a Gold Amex late last year and that seems to have qualified me now for the Delta card. Pretty stoked, tbh.

    Thanks Ben.

  4. @ BFD — The purchase doesn’t have to be $50 or $100, so any purchase that’s eligible would trigger the bonus. In the case of the Delta Shop, the catch might be that it doesn’t technically qualify as Delta spend, as I’m not sure how it’s coded.

  5. I got the gold card a year ago and then just recently downgraded to the Blue card to avoid the annual fee. Based upon your last paragraph, does this mean I am still eligible for the platinum sign up bonus if I got it now? If so, I may sign up for it through your link now because that’s a decent deal!

  6. @ Aaron V. — Yep, you absolutely are eligible for the Platinum if you’ve had the Gold in the past. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  7. Cheers! Actually just did some digging and it only gives me the option to “request an upgrade” from my blue card to the Platinum. Is there some work around that anyone knows about? Note that I was not signed into my Amex account at the time of checking this. Thanks

  8. Aaron, if you just use a different browser and don’t log in with your Amex info it should give you option to apply, and you will still earn the full bonus. It just is using cookies to try to encourage you to upgrade.

  9. @Michael Cheers, Michael! I was more concerned that the offers are limited to each individual person (via your SSN) which allows each person to only have one Delta Amex card at a time.

  10. @Aaron V. – I currently hold the Delta Gold, and I had the same thing happen pre-login. But after I logged in, I was actually presented with the 70k offer.

  11. Lucky
    Buyer beware on the Delta gold sky miles card. I signed up about 3 weeks ago for the above mentioned card. I have made 2k in purchases so far. When I called AX regarding another matter, I was informed DL had denied my 30k bonus as I had been issued a card n bonus before. Yes I had a DL card before but this was over 2.5 years ago. I made a complaint to both AX n DL. It will take 6-8 weeks before I get a verbal n/or written response. Not very pleased with both DL n AX. Let your readers know thnx Michael

  12. Platinum has a free companion (48 sates and originating in Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico)certificate each anniversary offsetting the $195 fee.

  13. Who cares. Let’s face it Delta has been downgrading the value of their points more often than other airlines recently, so issuing more points is worth less and less.

  14. Does anyone know if having the Wells Fargo Amex Propel counts toward the 5 Amex credit card limit?

  15. @ Ben – “You can have a maximum of five American Express credit cards and four American Express charge cards at any time…. 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.” So, can you have five credit cards or four?

    @ Michael Dunfee — Did you receive a warning message when you applied that you may not be eligible for the bonus?

  16. I don’t know how anyone justifies keeping this card. A rate of 1.2c is generous. I just cancelled mine after multiple years. There is no reason to stay loyal to this card, when there are so many better earning rates out there.

  17. AMP

    – The main reason to keep the Platinum card is for the MQM bonuses on spend. If you spend $25,000 on the card annually, you get $35,000 Skymiles and 10,000 MQM. Even if you value the Skymiles at 1 cent per mile, that is a good return. Gold status or above on Delta significantly improves the flying experience

    – The Gold card is a decent value only if you take a few Delta trips a year (especially with family), and you check bags. Decent sign up bonus too. But it’s not that rewarding for regular spend.

  18. Do not get either of these two cards. I got both in April (the last time the bonuses were increased) and SkyMiles are a really terrible mileage currency. Makes AAdvantage look like a gem by comparison. There are really only a few good uses of SkyMiles (China airlines business class, for example), but you’ll have to be flexible and patient with availability to take advantage of them.

  19. I know Amex offers are typically once per lifetime…. but I’m a former gold card holder and have gotten multiple targeted email offers for the gold again.

    Think I’d get the bonus?

  20. @ Evan — Assuming you had it in the past seven years (or so), I highly doubt it. Unfortunately just because they send out targeted offers doesn’t mean one would actually be eligible.

  21. @ Sma — I don’t disagree that SkyMiles are worth less than AAdvantage miles, but at a minimum you can redeem them for one cent each towards the cost of a revenue ticket, so that’s a minimum of $600-700 of value, which is quite good.

  22. @Lucky

    That’s true, but after that you’re stuck paying an annual fee for a card that you’ll never use for everyday purchases because SkyMiles are so bad. While $700 worth of travel in delta (in the case of the platinum card, for example), is a decent sign up bonus, the card becomes virtually worthless. Why not get the AAdvantage card or the United Explorer, which, although have marginally smaller sign up bonuses, award miles that one can conceivably want to earn for everyday purchases.
    Overall, it amazes me how delta has gotten away with it with SkyMiles. While AA, UA, and DL all went revenue based, Delta took it to another extreme, and I regularly see one way business class to Europe for 280,000 miles or transcon delta one for 200,000 Miles (this is the norm, not the exception). Both AAdvantage and MileagePlus are much better programs, and even if you have trouble finding availability on AA and UA (with each program) the plethora of airline partners in OW and SA that regularly open award availability makes up for it.

    Don’t be fooled by the notion of earning 130,000 miles for two credit cards. It just isn’t what it seems.

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