Delta American Express 45,000 Mile Signup Bonus

I’m not a huge fan of Delta miles, at least relative to other US mileage currencies, although you really can make them work for you, and I do think that their current 100% bonus on transferring miles between accounts is a really good deal.

Via Lucky, American Express is offering 45,000 Delta miles after $3000 spend within 3 months for both their personal and their small business credit card.

Via The Points Guy, there’s also an offer of 55,000 miles for a small business card: 25,000 miles after first purchase and then 30,000 more miles after $10,000 in spend within 6 months.

The cards come with no fee the first year, first checked bag free, priority boarding, and the ability to purchase Skyclub day passes at a discount.

I usually only get excited about bonuses of 50,000 points or more, though the 45,000 mile offers are only close and the 55,000 offer takes quite a bit of spend. American Express doesn’t usually offer this many miles, the standard offer is 25,000 or 30,000 miles, so these are good offers. The 45,000 mile bonuses are explicitly supposed to last only though December 19, and the 55,000 mile small business offer I wouldn’t expect to stick around either.

American Express will generally give you a signup bonus once for each of their card products, though some have reported success waiting a couple of years and getting a bonus for a card they’ve had in the past.

These are worth considering, even though Delta miles aren’t the most lucrative currency, and especially if you don’t have your sites set on other American Express products currently.

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  1. Being somebody who was targeted for the 30k Gold Delta AmEx, the 45k version is a great deal. Just wish the spends were lower. $500 for 30k but $3k for 45k?

    Like you said, the highest I have seen for that card was 50k SkyMiles so 45k+3k in spend. Close enough.

  2. Hi – Wondering if anyone has any info re: the following 4 Q’s …

    1 – Apparently, the language in the current Amex Delta 45,000 offer does NOT actually contain the usual language re: “1st-time only” … Has anyone who ALREADY has a delta skymiles card applied using one of the current links and been able to to get the bonus? (I realize it might be too soon to know for sure, but wanted to ask …)

    2 – Is there a limit to how many Amex cards a person can have? An amex rep. recently (within the past month or 2) told me that Amex recently instituted a max of 2 Amex cards TOTAL… but that sounded suspicious to me. (I already have 3, so I told her that didn’t sound right; she said it’s a new rule and that if I already have 3, Amex wouldn’t force me to forfeit one, but wouldn’t approve another one… btw – this was NOT a call re: an application; I was calling to ask about receiving promo announcements, etc., and our discussion veered to this topic…)

    3 – If there is a restriction re: getting a delta skymiles bonus only 1 time, would I still be able to get a separate additional delta skymiles bonus a second time by applying for a business card (with my SSN as the ESN), or would the system cross-reference my SSN and/or delta skymiles #?

    4 – Similar Q re: max. # of Amex cards … If there is such a “maximum,” and if I am already at the max., would I still be able to get an additional Amex card, if I the new card is a business card (using same SSN …)???

    fyi – The current offer DOES contain other interesting/concerning language …
    “If your application is approved after this date, you will NOT be eligible for the 45,000 bonus miles offer.”

    Thanks for any info/responses!

  3. The deal they offered me today (Dec 16) over the phone was 25,000 bonus miles after the first purchase of any amount with the card. An additional 20,000 miles are offered if you spend an additional $1000 with in 90 days. That’s a total of 45,000 of bonus miles for just over $1000 spent. I was satisfied with the answers I was given in response to concerns over fine print listed on this page. This is my first American Express card, never had one before.

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