Two Weeks Left For Increased Delta Amex Welcome Bonuses

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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.

Since late May, American Express has been offering the biggest ever welcome bonuses on their co-brand Delta credit cards. These include the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card.

These are limited time bonuses that expire on July 5, 2017, meaning that you have just two weeks left to take advantage of these offers. As a reminder, the details of the bonuses are as follows:

  • The Gold Delta SkyMiles Card is offering 60,000 SkyMiles after spending $3,000 within four months, plus a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first four months; the card’s $95 annual fee is waived for the first year
  • The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card is offering 70,000 SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $4,000 within four months, plus a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first four months; the card has a $195 annual fee

Even if you value SkyMiles at just a penny each (which is on the low side), these are huge welcome bonuses, given that you’re looking at a bonus worth $600-700, depending on whether you go with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card.

That doesn’t include the $50 and $100 statement credits offered by the Gold and Platinum cards, respectively, which you can get after making a Delta purchase. You can even make money on the benefit, given that even a small charge would trigger the full statement credit amount.


Anecdotally I find that both of these cards are quite easy to be approved for. Amex typically limits you to having at most five credit cards (which doesn’t include charge cards like The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, etc.).

Lastly, remember that you’re eligible for the bonus on each of these cards, so if you’ve only had one card or the other, you should still be eligible for one of the bonuses.

Bottom line

The increased welcome bonuses on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card are the best we’ve ever seen. If you haven’t had one or both of these cards before, I’d seriously consider applying under this offer.

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  1. I’ve had the Personal Platinum card in the past. Am I eligible for the sign up bonus if I apply for the Business Platinum?

  2. What happened to the 20k bonus link for the Blue Business Plus? Amex kill it with no warning?

  3. I was approved for AMEX credit cards in april and may. I would like to apply for AMEX Platinum Delta Skymiles card, but I will be a few days shy of 90 and I will miss the 70k offer. I’ve read that sometimes, if an application is made just prior to the expiration of the 90 days, AMEX will approve the application after the 90 days expires and since the application was made prior to the expiration of the 70k offer, I would still be eligible for the 70k offer.
    Is this correct or nonsense?

  4. @Lucky valuing Delta miles at 1 cent is really low. I can fly SEA->AMS in business class for 70K miles one way. That’s a $2000 (at least) fare if I bought it outright. Roughly 2.9 cents per mile. I never use Delta miles for anything but business class international flights and always end up with 2.5-3.0 cents per mile in value. One of the key reasons I keep Delta co-branded amex cards and Amex Plat. Between them, plus my normal Delta travel, I can pay for my wife and I to go to Europe every year, in biz class, on miles.

  5. I recently added my wife as an authorized user on my Platinum card. But now we are thinking about applying for ger own card. If I refer I’ll get 10k bonus miles as well. Will she be eligibile to get 70k miles even though she is an authorized user on my account?

  6. Eric, you are trying to use the exception to prove the rule. More typically, a simple domestic transcon rt would cost the same 70k. Normally, people want to use their miles where they need to go, not save them for edge use cases.

  7. How you value anything may differ from how someone else may value it. This is the basis of our capitalistic economy, with the stock market being a prime example. Without differing values, there is no incentive for buyers and sellers to agree to a transaction. Obviously the airline values a mile at less than the frequent flyers.

    Personally I like the 1 cent rule of thumb, but have gotten a lot more than that at times.

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