Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express

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Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express
70K miles
70K miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.
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$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

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Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Free domestic economy or first class companion certificate after first year. SkyClub access. Priority boarding and free checked bags. Terms and Restrictions Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Delta Reserve Credit Card

Overview

The Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express has great perks for those who fly Delta often. The card is especially good for big spenders who chase Delta elite status because it offers 15,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) and 15,000 bonus miles after $30,000 in calendar year spend, and again at $60,000 spend.

At $450 per year, the card is quite pricey, but it does come with some outstanding perks:

  • Free domestic economy or first class companion certificate each year after the first year.
  • Free Delta SkyClub access when flying Delta same day (primary cardholder only).
  • Priority boarding and free checked bags.
  • Tie-breaker for complementary upgrades. When competing for upgrades with others with the same status and fare class, having this card gives you the edge.

Application Tips


Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at a new welcome bonus. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from getting a welcome bonus for the card if you sign up now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 5/90 Rule: In general, you can get at most one credit card within 5 days and 2 within 90 days. The 5 day limit is not enforced when your applications are automatically approved. Neither rule is enforced for charge cards.

  • 5 credit card max:Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards open. This limit does not apply to charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)


How to Meet Spend Requirements

In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting the money back. These techniques are often referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their signup offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus. For example, most signup bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount of this offer do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchase of travelers checks, purchase or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Related Cards (Delta SkyMiles)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
50K miles
50K miles after $1K spend in the first 3 month

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95

Recent better offer: 60K miles + $50 statement credit: 50K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months + $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months + 10K bonus miles after additional $1K spend in the first 6 months.(Expired 4/11/18)

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
60K miles
60K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$195 Annual Fee

Alternate offer: 35K & 5K MQMs after $1K spend in the first 3 months plus a $100 Delta statement credit after 1st Delta purchase in first 3 months

Recent better offer: 70K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. (Expired 9/18/18)

Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express
70K miles
70K miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$450 Annual Fee

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
30K miles + $50 statement credit
30K miles after $1K spend in the first 3 months + $50 statement credit after first Delta purchase in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply.

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95

Recent better offer: 60K miles + $50 statement credit: 50K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months + $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months + 10K bonus miles after additional $1K spend in the first 6 months. (Expired 4/11/18)

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
35K miles + 5K MQMs + $100 statement credit
35K miles + 5K MQMs after $1K spend in first 3 months plus a $100 statement credit after first Delta purchase in the first 3 months.Terms and limitations apply.

$195 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 70K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. (Expired 4/11/18)

Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
10K miles
10K miles after $500 spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$0 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None.

Delta Reserve Business Credit Card from American Express
40K miles + 10K MQMs
40K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply.

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None.

Last updated on May 30th, 2018

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