Six Increased Offers for Delta Credit Cards, Four are the Best Ever

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American Express doesn’t make big public initial bonus offers available the way that Chase and Citibank will. They’ll target big offers, but tend otherwise to be more conservative spending a lot up front to acquire customers whom they may never make a profit on.

The exception to this practice is their Delta co-brand credit card. This may have a lot to do with why Delta sees the product and relationship as so successful. American Express may feel they have to compete more with this card, since United and American cards will run big up front bonus offers. And it’s possible Delta is picking up some of the initial bonus cost, though with as lucrative as the deal for Delta that’s pure speculation.

The interesting thing right now though is American Express is out with the biggest offers they have ever had for Delta cards reaching as high as 80,000 miles in an initial offer. In 2013 American Express ran a 100,000 point offer but it was targeted at Seattle-area residents only. I haven’t seen anything like it since, and of course very few people could take advantage of it.

Delta Gold Personal and Business Cards New Elevated Offers

The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card has a new initial bonus offer to earn 60,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.

It’s an elevated offer and one we’ve seen before. The strongest value proposition for the card is that people who fly Delta but not enough to earn elite status receive some of the key benefits of that status just for being a cardholder, specifically earlier boarding (which helps avoid having to gate check carryon bags) and first checked bag free on every Delta flight (a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four)

The card’s annual fee is $0 the first year, then $95. (See rates and fees.)

The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card has a really impressive offer of 70,000 bonus miles after you make $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus you earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. The card comes with boarding and baggage privileges as well. Both cards also offer a 20% savings on inflight food and beverage purchases.

The card’s annual fee is $0 the first year, then $95. (See rates and fees.)

Delta Platinum Personal and Business Cards: Best-Ever Offers

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is offering a best-I’ve-ever-seen 75,000 bonus miles (and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.

It comes with a domestic coach roundtrip companion certificate each year at account renewal, and the ability to earn up to 20,000 qualifying miles and bonus miles through $50,000 spend on eligible purchases in a calendar year.

The card’s annual fee is $195 (See rates and fees.)

And the business version is doing even more. I’ve never seen an 80,000 mile public offer for one of these cards before but the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card is offering of 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after $6,000 in purchases with the card in your first 3 months and a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. This special offer expires July 2, 2019.

Like the personal card it too have a companion certificate benefit at card renewal and offers the ability to earn qualifying miles (and bonus miles) through card spend each year.

The card’s annual fee is $195 (See rates and fees.)

Delta Reserve Personal and Business, Big Miles and Club Access

The Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express comes with access to Delta Sky Club® for you (up to two guests are $29 per visit). Delta’s clubs, as I discovered at the new Austin club, really seem nicer than American and United clubs — of course Delta doesn’t have a separate lounge product for business class passengers.

American Express is offering 75,000 bonus miles and 5000 Medallion Qualifying miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. The card comes with a Domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+® or Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon card renewal.

And of course cardmembers receive Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights and first bag free on Delta flights.

The card’s annual fee is $450 (See rates and fees.)

Meanwhile the business version of this card, Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card, is offering even more miles — 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after you spend $6,000 in purchases on the card in your first 3 months. This limited-time offer expires July 2, 2019.

Additionally you can earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 15,000 bonus miles after you reach $30,000 in eligible purchases on the card in the calendar year.

The card’s annual fee is $450 (See rates and fees.)


Delta Sky Club, Austin


Delta Sky Club, Austin

Which Card(s) Should You Get?

SkyMiles aren’t among my most valuable currencies but when there’s a lot of them on offer it’s worth considering. American Express limits you to one initial bonus for each card per lifetime (which is as long as their systems continue to show you’ve had a card in the past) which to me creates an incentive to wait to get a card until there’s a good limited time offer like there is right now.

Note that you may have had one version of the Delta cards, that does not in itself prevent you from being approved and earning a bonus for another version.

The Platinum versions — the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card — have really sweet bonuses in my view. They’re where I’d focus, unless you value Delta lounge access (I already get Delta lounge access when I fly Delta with my The Platinum Card® from American Express, which makes me more interested in Platinum than Reserve).

However the best way to access Delta lounges in my view is with their Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, and the offer for the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card is even bigger.

None are among the 5 best American Express cards but all are worth considering when they have big elevated bonuses like this.

For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card, click here.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. This finally matches what Amex/Delta has been offering to individuals via email for the last 2 years. I took the Delta Gold offer last year for the easy 60,000 miles. I received a $100 statement credit. This was one of my easiest acquisitions of Skymiles. At AF renewal, I called to cancel. They were not offering any retention bonuses, so I canceled. In the near future, I may acquire one of the business cards. These offers are relatively easy to fulfill. I always use my Skymiles for partner flights. But now that there have been some specials for Delta1, I may use them just for Delta. There are also many Delta flights to Mexico and the Caribbean for 8-10K RT, that are also a really good use of Skymiles.

  2. Does anyone know if the Domestic First Class certificates with the Reserve card are in fact of any use? I’ve previously gotten stuck with unusable Delta coach certificates because there seemed to be limited opportunities to actually use them

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