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Through April 11, 2018, we’re seeing increased sign-up bonuses on Delta’s co-branded American Express cards. The details of these offers are as follows:
- The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express & Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 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® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 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
With the Gold cards offering up to 60K bonus SkyMiles and the Platinum cards offering up to 70K bonus SkyMiles, just how many of these cards can you potentially apply for during the promotion period? Let’s look at the rules surrounding applications.
All Delta Amex cards are considered separate products
All four of these cards are considered separate products. That means that over the course of your lifetime you can earn the sign-up bonus on all four of the cards, including the Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card, and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card. That’s potentially up to 260,000+ SkyMiles worth of sign-up bonuses alone, which is huge.
Each of these cards has a “once in a lifetime” restriction on the welcome bonus, meaning you can only earn the bonus on each card once.
Delta’s A350 business class
Limits on how many total Amex cards you can have
Typically each person is limited to having at most five American Express credit cards at a time. It doesn’t matter whether those are personal or business cards. This doesn’t include charge cards, which include The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, and the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express. All Delta cards are credit cards and not charge cards.
If you wanted to get all four of these cards, that’s one of the biggest limitations you’d face, since Amex has so many great cards, so personally I’d have a hard time making room in my Amex portfolio to get all of these at once.
Virgin Australia’s 777 business class
Limits on how many Amex cards you can apply for
This is more anecdotal than anything, since Amex doesn’t officially publish rules on this. However, generally you won’t be approved for more than two American Express credit cards in a 90 day period. Given that this promotion runs for a bit over a month, that means that most people won’t be able to pick up more than two Delta credit cards during the promotion period. Some people report being approved for more cards, but that seems to be more the exception than the norm.
In general you can pick any combination of these two cards to apply for during the promotion period:
- You could get the Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card, for a total of 120,000 SkyMiles, a $100 statement credit, and a waived annual fee on both cards for the first year, upon completing minimum spend and making a Delta purchase on each card
- You could get the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Personal Card & Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Card, for a total of 140,000 SkyMiles, a $200 statement credit, and a $195 annual fee per card the first year, upon completing minimum spend and making a Delta purchase on each card
China Southern’s A380 business class
Over time it’s possible to apply for all four Delta American Express cards. However, in general your biggest limitations in applying for these cards will be Amex’s limit of five credit cards per consumer (excluding charge cards), as well as the typical limit of two new cards per 90 days, though that’s not always enforced.