The Delta Amex Cards Have Big New Sign-Up Bonuses

Update: These offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

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Through April 11, 2018, American Express has brought back their biggest ever sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Delta credit cards. These include the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressGold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express. Specifically, the details of the bonuses are as follows:

  • The Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card are each offering 50,000 SkyMiles after spending $2,000 within three months, plus 10,000 additional SkyMiles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; the cards have $95 annual fees, which are waived for the first year
  • The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card are each offering 70,000 SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $3,000 within three months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; the cards have a $195 annual fee

While we’ve seen similar offers a couple of times in the past, we’ve never seen them offer bigger sign-up bonuses, so I think these are worth seriously considering.

There are still many great uses of SkyMiles, and I value them at maybe 1.2 cents each. However, on the most basic level, Delta’s SkyMiles program is more and more moving towards a revenue model, where SkyMiles can typically be redeemed for at least a penny each towards the cost of a ticket. In other words, 60,000 SkyMiles would get you at least $600 in airfare, and 70,000 SkyMiles would get you at least $700 in airfare.

If you haven’t yet gotten these cards, I’d seriously consider applying.

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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 version of the card? If you’re going for status with Delta, I’d say the Platinum card is a great option, given that you get 10,000 MQMs with the sign-up bonus, and have the opportunity to earn more MQMs with spend.

But if it’s the miles you’re after, I’d say the Gold card is the better option, as you’re earning 60,000 miles upon completing qualifying purchases, with the annual fee waived the first year.

All co-branded cards count towards the Delta MQD waiver

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

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 five American Express credit cards and four American Express charge cards at any time.

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.

The Delta Amex cards are all credit cards and not charge cards.

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

The Gold version of the offer comes with a $50 Delta statement credit, while the Platinum version of the offer comes 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.


Bottom line

While SkyMiles aren’t worth as much as they used to be, these best ever offers are worth considering. If you don’t yet have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card, and/or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card, I’d seriously consider applying. You’re potentially eligible for the bonuses on all four of these cards, as they’re all considered separate products.

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  1. Yeah, I’ve had a 75K offer for the gold card before, so this is not the “highest ever”.

  2. Agreed with Michael. I got the gold back in November with a 75k offer (50k after first $2,000 in spend within first three months, 25k after additional $1,000 within first 6 months, so basically structured identically to the current offer, but with an extra 15k miles).

  3. Followed the link and received the Platinum card. As a Canadian, I had been working towards getting a US card for some time. I received a Gold Amex late last year and that seems to have qualified me now for the Delta card. Pretty stoked, tbh.

    Thanks Ben.

  4. @ BFD — The purchase doesn’t have to be $50 or $100, so any purchase that’s eligible would trigger the bonus. In the case of the Delta Shop, the catch might be that it doesn’t technically qualify as Delta spend, as I’m not sure how it’s coded.

  5. I got the gold card a year ago and then just recently downgraded to the Blue card to avoid the annual fee. Based upon your last paragraph, does this mean I am still eligible for the platinum sign up bonus if I got it now? If so, I may sign up for it through your link now because that’s a decent deal!

  6. @ Aaron V. — Yep, you absolutely are eligible for the Platinum if you’ve had the Gold in the past. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  7. Cheers! Actually just did some digging and it only gives me the option to “request an upgrade” from my blue card to the Platinum. Is there some work around that anyone knows about? Note that I was not signed into my Amex account at the time of checking this. Thanks

  8. Aaron, if you just use a different browser and don’t log in with your Amex info it should give you option to apply, and you will still earn the full bonus. It just is using cookies to try to encourage you to upgrade.

  9. @Michael Cheers, Michael! I was more concerned that the offers are limited to each individual person (via your SSN) which allows each person to only have one Delta Amex card at a time.

  10. @Aaron V. – I currently hold the Delta Gold, and I had the same thing happen pre-login. But after I logged in, I was actually presented with the 70k offer.

  11. Lucky
    Buyer beware on the Delta gold sky miles card. I signed up about 3 weeks ago for the above mentioned card. I have made 2k in purchases so far. When I called AX regarding another matter, I was informed DL had denied my 30k bonus as I had been issued a card n bonus before. Yes I had a DL card before but this was over 2.5 years ago. I made a complaint to both AX n DL. It will take 6-8 weeks before I get a verbal n/or written response. Not very pleased with both DL n AX. Let your readers know thnx Michael

  12. Platinum has a free companion (48 sates and originating in Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico)certificate each anniversary offsetting the $195 fee.

  13. Who cares. Let’s face it Delta has been downgrading the value of their points more often than other airlines recently, so issuing more points is worth less and less.

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