[Expired] New Delta offers as high as 80K

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Note: Offers mentioned in this post for the Delta credit cards have expired. See current offer information on our Best Offers page.

If you read Greg’s post this morning (See: Should Delta flyers credit to Virgin Atlantic?) and have decided to credit your paid flights to Delta, you may be looking to pair that with a Delta credit card for a free checked bag (See: Free checked bags via credit card complete guide) or the possibility to spend towards elite status. The good news it that there are now increased offers available on all of the Delta SkyMiles cards. Each of these offers are about as good as it gets on these cards — which of them make sense for you depends on your needs.

The Offers

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Credit Card from American Express
Up to 70K miles
Up to 70K miles: 60K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months + 10K miles after first anniversary. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 4/1/2020)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business Credit Card from American Express
Up to 70K miles
Up to 70K milkes: 60K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months + 10K miles after first anniversary. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 4/1/2020)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Credit Card from American Express
Up to 100K miles
Up to 100K miles: 80K miles after $3K spend in the first 3 months + 20K miles after first anniversary. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 4/1/2020)

$250 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business Credit Card from American Express
Up to 100K miles
Up to 100K miles: 80K miles after $3K spend in the first 3 months + 20K miles after first anniversary. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 4/1/2020)

$250 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Credit Card from American Express
Up to 100K miles + 20K MQMs
Up to 100K Miles + 20K MQMs: 80K miles + 20K MQMs after $5K spend in the first 3 months + 20K miles after first anniversary. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 4/1/2020)

$550 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve for Business Credit Card
Up to 100K miles + 20K MQMs
Up to 100K miles + 20K MQMs: 80K miles + 20K MQMs after $5K spend in the first 3 months + 20K miles after first anniversary. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 4/1/2020)

$550 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None

Key Card Details

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Credit Card from American Express

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.


Annual Fee: $99

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

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.


Annual Fee: $99

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

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


Annual Fee: $250

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

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


Annual Fee: $250

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

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.


Annual Fee: $550

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

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.


Annual Fee: $550

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

Keep in mind that Amex generally limits the welcome bonus to those who do not have or have not had these cards. It’s worth noting that the language and rule does not consider whether or not you earned a bonus — having had the card in the past is enough to disqualify you from earning the bonus again.

On the other hand, if you have not had one of these cards before, these current bonuses look decent if you have a use for the miles. While Delta catches a lot of flak for elimination of an award chart and sometimes-wacky pricing on domestic routes, they do run regular flash sales and there are still some decent partner opportunities that might make these offers attractive.

For more information about any of the Delta cards, simply click the name of the card under “The Offers” or “Key Card Details” above to go to our dedicated Frequent Miler page for that card.

Last updated on August 1st, 2019

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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So my understanding is that if you apply and are not told that you are ineligible for the bonus, that you therefore are eligible. I had the gold delta card about six years ago, but decided to try, and didn’t receive the ineligibility notice during the application process. On the other hand, my husband had the card earlier about same time frame and received the notice that based on history with Amex and number of new cards opened etc., that he was ineligible for bonus. Major difference between is that I put more spending on my Amex cards than he does, largely because we both use my Amex premium rewards card.
Think I’ll get the bonus?

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Yes

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Why waste time and effort to earn Delta Skymiles when they have no award chart. A one way business class ticket from the US to Asia requires 480,000 Skymiles. You need six (6) credit card bonus of 80K miles to earn 1 one way Delta One business class. Skymiles are basically worthless.

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