Limited Time: Increased Delta Amex Sign-Up Offers

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Update: These offers for the Delta SkyMiles® Credit Cards from American Express are expired. Learn more about the current offer here.

UPDATE: The limited time offers on the Delta Amex cards are expired, though the other information in this post is still relevant. You can find the best current credit card offers here.


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American Express has just announced some very nice increased sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Delta credit cards, including their Gold and Platinum products.

Here are the details of the limited time offers, all of which are valid through July 6, 2016:

Personal cards

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • 50,000 SkyMiles after making $2,000 in purchases within three months
  • $50 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • 60,000 SkyMiles after making $2,000 in purchases within three months
  • 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles
  • $100 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $195 annual fee

Business cards

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

  • 50,000 SkyMiles after making $2,000 in purchases within three months
  • $50 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

  • 60,000 SkyMiles after making $2,000 in purchases within three months
  • 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles
  • $100 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
  • $195 annual fee

Should you apply for the Gold or Platinum card?

If you don’t have any Delta cards yet, are you better off applying for the Gold or Platinum versions of the card? If you’re going for status with Delta, I’d say the Platinum cards are a great option, given that you get 10,000 MQMs with the cards. If you get both the Personal Platinum Card and Business Platinum Card that’s 20,000 MQMs right there, which is 80% of the way to Silver status.

But if it’s the miles you’re after, I’d say the Gold cards are the better options, as you’re earning 50,000 miles upon completing qualifying purchases, with the annual fee waived the first year.

Regardless of which card you apply for, you can earn a statement credit by making a Delta purchase within the first three months.

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Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Air France business class

I already have one/two/five American Express cards… can I still apply?

You can have a maximum of four American Express credit cards and four American Express charge cards.

It doesn’t matter whether they’re personal or business, so that means you can have four American Express business credit cards, or two American Express personal credit cards and two American Express business credit cards. Split it up however you’d like.

All four of the Delta cards above are credit cards and not charge cards.

Alitalia
Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Alitalia business class

Can I apply for both the personal and business versions of the Delta Amex cards?

These are all considered separate products, so you should be eligible for the bonus on each of these cards, assuming you haven’t had them before. So if you’ve never had any of these cards, you’re theoretically eligible for all of them.

However, American Express might not approve multiple applications in a day. It’s fine to apply for two cards in a day, though they may only process one after waiting a few days. So just don’t expect to be approved for multiple cards in one day.

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Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Virgin Atlantic business class

What kind of a Delta purchase is required for the statement credit?

The Gold versions of the offer come with a $50 Delta statement credit, while the Platinum versions of the offer come with a $100 Delta statement credit.

The purchase has to be made within three months, and any Delta coded purchase should qualify towards the statement credit. That means something like an onboard food or beverage purchase, or even a Delta gift card purchase, should qualify.

Delta-Gift-Card

How much are Delta SkyMiles worth?

Personally I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.3 cents each. There are things about Delta SkyMiles which frustrate me, like that Delta doesn’t publish award charts. That being said, in practice the miles continue to be extremely useful for business class redemptions, especially on partner airlines.

There’s no denying that SkyMiles can be used for some really solid business class products:

Beyond that, keep in mind that SkyMiles is transfer partners with Membership Rewards, meaning you can pool the miles earned from these offers with points transferred from cards like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit CardPremier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, etc.

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Redeem Delta SkyMiles for KLM business class

Bottom line

I value SkyMiles at 1.3 cents each, so to me a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus is worth $650. Add in the $50 Delta statement credit and annual fee waived the first year, and that can be a heck of a deal.

Anecdotally I’ve found that these cards are also quite easy to be approved for. You can easily pick up at least two of these cards and earn 100,000+ SkyMiles, which is a very nice bonus.

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Comments

  1. I’ve had (and cancelled) both of the Gold cards in the past. So I know I’m not eligible for the bonus offer again.

    Although if I wanted to, could I receive the bonus miles on the Platinum cards? Wondering if the extra fee is worth it.

  2. @ Matt — I definitely think it is worthwhile. You’re getting a $100 statement credit which can be applied towards Delta, so if you value that at face value, then the real out of pocket is $95. For that you’re getting 60,000 miles, which is quite a bit. I’d say that’s definitely worth it, personally.

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  4. @DallasFortWorthSpotter — Hah, have been wondering the same thing. Let me see if I can get an answer.

  5. Unfortunately even with these hefty bonuses, SkyMiles are basically worthless. Try redeeming miles for a business class ticket to Stockholm. My last “quote” from Delta was 410,000 miles. In comparison, AA wants only 115K for business class, and 170K for first.

    I booked AA.

  6. If I apply for both the gold and platinum, do you know if i get the bonus rewards (50k and 60k) for both?

  7. I was just approved for the Gold card at the lower signup bonus level last week. Is there anything I can do now to receive the better offer, aside from signing up for business/platinum options?

  8. I’ve never had an AmEx account, nor even a Delta frequent flyer number, but I’ve got plenty of AA and United miles, these minimum spends seem modest, and Delta’s customer satisfaction rates are good. So maybe now’s the time. Tell me, is AmEx on the Chase side of the wall or the Citi side about qualifying sole proprietors for business accounts? Or are they — be still my heart — like Barclay’s?

  9. I’m not a huge fan of Skymiles, and their hidden award chart is incredibly uncool, but to claim that the miles are worthless is ludicrous. In the past five years, I’ve flown to numerous African destinations in business class (Mauritius/Reunion, Senegal, Congo plus Madagascar/Seychelles next week for 120-140k miles).

  10. does the new amex rule apply to this credit card offer? Namely, I have had this card before. I believe that I heard that if I have had an amex card in the past, then I am not eligible for the offer.

  11. Buyer beware. I think that these are great rewards, the problem is getting American Express to honor their offer. I applied for the Delta Gold Card on 2/20/16 with the offer 50,000 miles, $100 statement credit from Delta, $95 waived fee the first year and 6 months Silver Medallion status after spending $2,000 in the first three months. I fulfilled their requirements within several days of obtaining the card. They refuse to honor the Silver Medallion portion of the offer. On recorded calls they acknowledge the offer and my qualifed obligation. I have still yet to see it. Last week, 4th phone call, I was on hold for 2 hours. Monday, this week, I was on hold for 2 hours. Both times I was disconnected and no one called me back. Called back and got a supervisor that told me she would call me on Thursday last week. She called today, one week later to the date. Still with no relevant info except to say they would give me the status “soon.” Yesterday, a representative, in Mexico, gave me a case number. We’ll see. It was supposed to happen within 6-8 wks. Shameful on the part of American Express, I spend tens of thousands monthly. I’m tempted to move all my business to the Chase Sapphire card. It is more flexible with points and hopefully they won’t be deceitful. Keep a copy of their offer, though I’m not sure that will help.

  12. @ Mike — I find that Amex is the best issuer with approving relatively new businesses for a card, for what it’s worth.

  13. @ Brett — As you mention you can sign up for the other versions of the card. You can also send them a secure message and ask, though no guarantee they’ll match you to the better offer.

  14. Guys I’m new so kinda clueless; I have had a delta skymiles account for several years & have had at some point or another basically all the possible personal credit cards, now I’m thinking to apply as business -since technically I’m self employed, so would someone kindly plz explain to me if I need to open a new delta skymiles account as “business” or if they -delta- would honor the sign up bonus miles if I apply for business cards providing my already existent -personal- delta skymiles account?
    Thank you very much for any help
    😉

  15. @ Alex v E — Yep, you can earn those miles to your personal SkyMiles account. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  16. Has anyone had success in transferring credit from the personal card to the business version and still getting the sign up bonus? I have the AMEX Delta Personal card and my annual fee is coming up soon. I plan on cancelling anyway to make room for another AMEX card, and am wondering if I should just attempt to transfer the account to the business version. Any other ideas?

  17. @ Pat — You can’t transfer accounts from a personal to a business, and certainly can’t get the sign-up bonus in the instances where they do let you transfer (which requires you to transfer personal to personal or business to business). So I’d recommend signing up for the card as a new one.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  18. Since I have a Delta Gold AMEX, they strip off all of the bonuses and offer me an “upgrade”. Anyway around that?

  19. Tom just open the link in a new browser or in incognito mode and you’ll see the offer and be eligible for it.

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