Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

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Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
35K miles + 5K MQMs + $100
35K miles + 5K MQMs after $1K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. Terms and limitations apply.
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$195 Annual Fee

A better friend-referral offer may be available

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)

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


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 10K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $25K spend and another 10K bonus miles and MQMs after $50K spend per calendar year. Terms and limitations apply.

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

See also: An Analysis of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card

Overview

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card is a great choice for those who fly Delta domestically with a companion at least once per year (thanks to its annual companion certificate), and for big spenders who seek Delta elite status. For the later, the Platinum card offers 10,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) and 10,000 bonus miles after $25,000 in calendar year spend, and again at $50,000 spend.

At $195 per year, the card isn't cheap, but it does offer priority boarding, free checked bags, and an annual economy companion certificate each year upon renewal. Unfortunately, this certificate can only be used for domestic economy tickets. Still, the companion certificate alone can make the Platinum card worth keeping.

Those seeking even more MQMs through spend, and/or better perks such as SkyClub access and first class companion certificates should consider the Delta Reserve card instead.

The personal version of this card is almost identical, but the business card has a big advantage: Amex business cards are not shown as accounts on personal credit reports. This is particularly helpful when signing up for Chase credit cards (since Chase frequently denies applications for those who have signed up for 5 or more cards in the past 24 months). This can also help your credit score if you spend a lot on this card since those charges will not hurt your credit utilization ratio (a major component of your credit score).

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Applying for Business Credit Cards

Yes, you have a business: In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale, or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.

When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.

Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Legally, it's fine. And, anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

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