Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

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

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
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Noteworthy perks: Priority boarding, and free checked bags. Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card

Overview

The Gold DeltaSkyMiles Credit Card from American Express often has a compelling welcome offer, but past the first year I don't recommend this card for most people.

After the first year those who fly Delta often will probably get more value from the Delta Platinum or Reserve card. If you do not fly Delta often, consider cards with points transferable to airlines, or those in which points can be used to pay for travel (e.g. Barclays Arrival Plus, Capital One Venture, etc.), or even cash back cards (Citi Double Cash, Discover It Miles, etc.).

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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