(EXPIRED) Big new Delta offers: get up to 20K MQMs!

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The Delta credit cards have increased their welcome offers to coincide with the new increased annual fee on the cards and the offers are pretty interesting. In addition to incentivizing cardholders to keep their cards beyond the first year by offering bonus miles at anniversary, Amex and Delta are offering an unprecedented 20,000 MQMs as part of the welcome bonus on one of them. Read on for the details of the new offers.

The Offers & Key Card Details

Note: For more information on each of these cards as well as links to apply, simply click the card name to go to our dedicated Frequent Miler page for each card.

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

No Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card offers an OK welcome offer for a no-fee card, but many/most other cards offer better return for spend.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dine
Brand

Earning rate: 2X restaurants worldwide ⚬ 2X Delta ⚬ 1X on all other eligible purchases

Noteworthy perks: 20% statement credit on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and headsets Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Credit Card from American Express
50K miles
50K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

FM Mini Review: Priority boarding, and free checked bag make this a reasonably good option for Delta flyers who do not have elite status. However, those who can make use of an annual companion certificate would do better with the Delta Platinum card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dine
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta ⚬ 2x restaurants worldwide ⚬ 2x US supermarkets

Big spend bonus: $100 Delta flight credit after $10K in purchases in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Priority boarding and first checked bag free. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business Credit Card from American Express
60K Miles
60K miles after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

FM Mini Review: Priority boarding and first checked bag free make this a reasonably good option for Delta flyers who do not have elite status. However, those who can make use of an annual companion certificate would do better with the Delta Platinum card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dine
Brand
Other

Earning rate: 2X Delta ⚬ 2X U.S. purchases for advertising in select media ⚬ 2X U.S. shipping purchases ⚬ 2X restaurants

Big spend bonus: $100 Delta flight credit after $10K in purchases in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Priority boarding, and first checked bag free. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Credit Card from American Express
60K miles + 5K MQMs
60K miles + 5K MQMs after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

$250 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Dine
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Delta ⚬ 3X purchases made directly with hotels ⚬ 2X restaurants ⚬ 2X US Supermarkets

Big spend bonus: Earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K
spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) each year upon card renewal ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Terms and Limitations Apply. (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business Credit Card from American Express
70K miles + 5K MQMs
70K miles + 5K MQMs after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/28/2020)

$250 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Brand
Other

Earning rate: 3X Delta ⚬ 3X purchases made directly with hotels ⚬ 1.5X on purchases of $5K or more (max 50K extra miles per year)

Big spend bonus: Spend $25,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year and earn 10,000 Medallion(R) Qualification Miles (MQMs); spend a total of $50,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in a calendar year and earn an additional 10,000 MQMs ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ Terms and limitations apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) each year upon card renewal ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Terms and Limitations Apply. (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Credit Card from American Express
40K miles + 10K MQMs
40K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 Annual Fee

Via some browsers you may find a targeted 70K offer with a refer-a-friend link. You can find our refer-a-friend link here (Note: this refer-a-friend link is not an affiliate link. Information about this link was collected independently by Frequent Miler)

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

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to four times per year ⚬ Complimentary upgrades ⚬  $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K
spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy or first class companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) after card renewal ⚬ SkyClub access ⚬ 2 Delta SkyClub one-time guest passes ⚬ Centurion Lounge access when flying Delta ⚬ Complimentary upgrades ⚬  $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Delta Reserve complete guide

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve for Business Credit Card
45K miles + 10K MQMs
45K miles + 10K MQMs after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 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

Base
Brand
Other

Earning rate: 3X Delta ⚬ 1.5X on all spend per calendar year after spending $150K

Big spend bonus: Earn 15K MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend up to four times per year ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ After you spend $150K in a calendar year, earn 1.5X miles per dollar on eligible purchases for the rest of the year (excludes Delta purchases after you meet the $150K requirement) ⚬ Terms and limitations apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy or first class companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) after card renewal ⚬ SkyClub access ⚬ 2 Delta SkyClub one-time guest passes ⚬ Centurion Lounge access when flying Delta ⚬ Complimentary upgrades ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Delta Reserve complete guide

Quick Thoughts

While it seems reasonable to expect an increase in offer here given the increase in annual fee on these cards, I’m pleasantly surprised by the new offers.

Keep in mind of course that Delta SkyMiles are not the most valuable airline currency, but with regular flash sales presenting opportunities to get north of a cent per mile for economy class redemptions and the occasional partner award opportunity, these offers can certainly be decent fr someone looking to boost up a Delta account.

Offering bonus miles at first anniversary is certainly an intriguing way to entice people to keep the card beyond the first year. If you also value the other benefits of these cards, I could see these bonuses convincing you to keep the card for at least two years.

A couple of cards feature new bonus categories, including restaurants, US supermarkets, and money spent directly with hotels (see the details above). We previously covered a number of the key changes along with some analysis of their relative value (See: Delta credit cards: huge changes coming.) While you could earn better category bonuses on cards that earn Amex Membership Rewards points and transfer those points to Delta, it’s at least nice to see some chances for bonus categories for those who will otherwise spend on these cards toward Delta status or MQD waivers.

Speaking of status, the ability to pick up 20,000 miles toward elite status (MQMs) as part of the welcome bonus on the Reserve cards is terrific for those chasing status who expect to come up short of the next level. That should go a long way toward making that next level more reachable. As a reminder, Silver status with Delta only requires 25,000 MQMs. The bonus on this card will get you almost half way to Gold.

Since you can also earn MQMs from spend on those cards, $60K spend in a calendar year would get you Gold status without stepping on a plane. Platinum status would then be within reach with moderate flight activity (given that $25K spend across one or more Delta cards will grant you an MQD waiver up to Platinum status). Queue up the first commenter to note that “when everyone has status, no one has status”, but it would seem like useful status could be fairly easy for some. Keep in mind that Delta Diamond still requires either $15K in MQDs or $250K in Delta credit card spend (across one or more Delta credit cards) to get an MQD waiver.

Overall, these offers are all good values for spend in year 1 and the Platinum and Reserve cards are likely keepers beyond year 1 for the anniversary points and benefits. The Reserve cards in particular look like a great deal for those chasing status despite the bump in annual fee.

Keep in mind that these offers contain lifetime language, so you will not be eligible for the bonus on a card that you have or have had, regardless as to whether or not you received a welcome bonus. However, you are eligible for the bonus on each of the cards that you have not had before (provided Amex does not give you a pop-up message during the application process advising otherwise).

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