The New No Annual Fee Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card

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Credit card companies try to introduce different products to appeal to different market segments. That’s why there have been six Delta SkyMiles credit cards up until now (Gold, Platinum, and Reserve), with annual fees ranging from $95 to $450. Even with such a varied portfolio, there are also lots of people who just want no annual fee cards, and issuers don’t want to overlook those people.

American Express is introducing the new no annual fee Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, which will be available for applications starting tomorrow, September 7, 2017. The details are as follows:

  • Earn 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • No Annual Fee.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar at US restaurants.
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees

Here’s what executives from American Express and Delta have to say about the card:

“We purposefully built this Card with the new or casual traveler in mind. This Card delivers incredible value to those who want to earn miles in an accelerated way while enjoying the peace of mind that their miles won’t expire – all without paying an annual fee,” said Sandeep Dube, Delta’s Vice President – Customer Engagement and Loyalty. “With more than a third of these consumers saying dining is their top choice for spending, earning two miles per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants is an appealing way to earn more miles.”

“Over the last two decades, we’ve worked closely alongside our long-standing partner, Delta, to design cards for all types of travelers,” said Eva Reda, Executive Vice President, Consumer Partnerships and Product Development, American Express. “Today, we’re excited to unveil the newest Card in our portfolio, the Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, which helps our newest travelers fuel and fund their travel with one of their biggest passions, dining.”

I find this to be an interesting offering. Despite being a no annual fee card, it offers a welcome bonus and two miles per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants. There’s no denying that no annual fee cards nowadays are much better than they used to be. So it’s not a bad offering.

However, the way I see it, you’re always better off getting a card that earns transferable points when possible. The main benefit of holding onto an airline credit card is if you get value out of priority boarding and a free checked bag. This card doesn’t offer either of those, though it does offer 20% savings on eligible in-flight purchases.

If you want a no annual fee credit card that will earn Delta SkyMiles, I still think The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express is an all around better option. It offers 2x points at U.S. supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases. On top of that, it offers 20% more points on all purchases when you make at least 20 purchases per billing cycle. In other words, the card earns 1.2x Membership Rewards points on everyday spend, and 2.4x points on U.S. supermarket spend, assuming you make at least 20 purchases per billing cycle. Most importantly, the points earned on this card have a lot more flexibility.

Alternatively, if you want a no annual fee card with a consistently generous return, it’s tough to beat something like the Citi® Double Cash Card, which offers unlimited 1% cash back when you buy, plus an additional 1% as you pay for those purchases. Given that SkyMiles seem to be worth about a penny each, you might as well take a return that’s consistently twice as much after paying for purchases.

Bottom line

While it might not be the best option for the savvy traveler, it’s nice to see an airline introducing a no annual fee credit card. People often want to have a card from a brand they like, and lots of people like Delta. So this should open up a whole new market segment for them. For a no annual fee card, theBlue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is more generous than I was expecting.

So this is something to be aware of, though for most of you, it’s probably not a card that’s worth putting much spend on.

What do you make of Delta’s new no annual fee credit card?

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this in depth explanation of the card. Much more useful than the millennium-bashing-review of this card on that other Delta centric blog…

  2. to Ram:

    hello. if you want to downgrade I’m sure its possible starting tomorrow. however, earlier today I logged in to American express and messaged support and asked about a downgrade to the blue delta credit card. I was instead offered the employee delta airlines gold credit card (disclaimer: I am not an employee of delta airlines or American express), which according to the representative I chatted with is a credit card without an annual fee but offers the same benefits as the regular gold card, so I just downgraded to that with plans to get the blue delta credit card in the future. I tried to research info online regarding this employee credit card but didn’t find anything but no annual fee and product change vs cancelling outright was enticing so I took the offer.

    Spending habit: I got the regular gold card last year in September to pay for an ~$1500 delta/codeshare flight, rented some online movies, and paid for the family cell phone bill (because it had an AMEX offer for paying cell phone bills) so I barely even used this card in the one year ive had it and was presented the offer.

    Last month I also called the AMEX retention phone number (800.452.3945) and spoke to someone regarding cancelling the regular gold credit card but eventually didn’t do it, so maybe that had something to play in to the employee credit card offer I was presented with today.

    hope this was beneficial to you!

  3. @ c.k.m, Thanks for the explaination. Same thing happened to me in July 2017.
    I called in the associate to explore my downgrade options of and they downgraded me to employee delta airlines gold credit card and I remember the associate saying I will have all the benefits that of a normal delta airlines gold credit card except for baggage allowance. I am not sure if thats true bcos as long as you have the card, you can check a bag for free.

  4. Does this card earn towards the MQD waiver? A no annual fee card with 2x on Delta purchases and 2x on dining and earns toward the MQD waiver would be pretty awesome.

  5. Will the Delta Blue card have the same “First checked bag free” benefit that the gold skymiles credit card has?

  6. The new Delta AmEx cards are a scam. My wife and I both signed up, we have perfect credit scores, and were immediately accepted. We quickly made the required charges, and paid in full quickly. No extra pts first month, then second. Three months later, more run around. Now they tell her one lie (you had another account years ago – she could not recall, and if she did, so what, none of the others do that). Then, they made up another excuse. Same for me. They are lying, and we wasted time and trust.

  7. I had the gold card two years ago but cancelled. I applied for the BLUE card today and just got accepted…but will i still get 10,000 bonus miles? The gold card gave me miles (40,000 bonus) but i cancelled it after one year……

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