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Don’t Delay! These 4 Best-Ever Airline Card Offers Won’t Be Around Forever

Don’t Delay! These 4 Best-Ever Airline Card Offers Won’t Be Around Forever

Million Mile SecretsDon’t Delay! These 4 Best-Ever Airline Card Offers Won’t Be Around ForeverMillion Mile Secrets Team

Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

The offers in the table below are no longer available.

Card NameWelcome Bonus
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
50,000 Delta miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

Additional 10,000 Delta miles after you spend an additional $1,000 on purchases in the first 6 months from account opening

$50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase with the card in the first 3 months from account opening

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
50,000 Delta miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

Additional 10,000 Delta miles after you spend an additional $1,000 on purchases in the first 6 months from account opening

$50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase with the card in the first 3 months from account opening
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
70,000 Delta miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

$100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase with the card in the first 3 months from account opening

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
70,000 Delta miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

$100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase with the card in the first 3 months from account opening

Savvy travelers know the fastest way to earn Big Travel with Small Money is through big credit card sign-up bonuses.

So now’s a terrific time to consider the AMEX Delta cards.  Because 4 of these cards are offering their highest public sign-up bonuses ever But only until November 8, 2017!

AMEX Delta Card Application
You’ll Have More Than Enough Delta Miles for a Round-Trip Coach Ticket to Italy With Any of the Increased AMEX Delta Offers

I’ll help you decide which of these offers is best for you.  And remind what you can do with the Delta miles you’ll earn!

Limited-Time Increased AMEX Delta Card Offers

Link:   They’re Back, Baby!  Increased Card Bonuses That Let You Travel TWICE as Far

American Express restricts sign-up bonuses to once per card, per person, per lifetime.  If you’ve had one of these cards in the past you can NOT earn the sign-up bonus on the same card again.

That said, the personal and small business versions of each card, and the Gold and Platinum versions, are each considered different products.  So if you’ve had the personal version, you’re still eligible for the business version.  Or if you’ve had the Gold, you can still earn the bonus on the Platinum (or vice versa!).

1.   AMEX Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal)

Link:   Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

With the AMEX Delta Gold personal card, you’ll earn 50,000 Delta miles after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

Plus, another 10,000 bonus Delta miles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first 6 months.

And you’ll get a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months of opening your account.

It also comes with:

  • 1 free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on Delta
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 20% discount on certain Delta in-flight purchases
  • Priority boarding
  • Discount on Delta SkyClub lounge passes
  • Pay With Miles (each point worth 1 cent)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Terms Apply
AMEX Delta Card Application
The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Gold Delta Card Is More Than Enough for 2 Round-Trip Coach Tickets to New York From Anywhere in the Continental US

The $95 annual fee is waived the first year.  So you can try out the card for ~10 to 11 months for free, and decide if it’s worth keeping long term.

I recommend this version of the card for folks who do NOT have a small business or aren’t interested in earning elite status on Delta.

2.   AMEX Gold Delta SkyMiles (Small Business)

Link:   Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

Like the personal version of the card, the AMEX Delta Gold business card comes with a 50,000 Delta mile bonus after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

And another 10,000 bonus Delta miles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first 6 months.

You’ll also get a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months of opening your account.

And similarly, you’ll get:

  • 1 free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on Delta
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 20% discount on certain Delta in-flight purchases
  • Priority boarding
  • Discount on Delta SkyClub lounge passes
  • Pay With Miles (each point worth 1 cent)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Terms Apply
AMEX Delta Card Application
You Can Redeem Delta Miles for Award Flights on SkyTeam Partner KLM Like Team Member Keith and His Wife Did to South Africa!

Like the personal version, the $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

This card is a better option for folks who qualify for a business card.  Because AMEX business cards don’t show up on your personal credit report.  So they won’t impact your chances of getting valuable Chase cards later!

3.   AMEX Platinum Delta SkyMiles (Personal)

Link:   Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

The AMEX Delta Platinum personal card has a bonus of  70,000 Delta miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

Plus, a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within 3 months of account opening.

That’s a better offer than the AMEX Delta Gold cards.  But the $195 annual fee is NOT waived the first year.  Drat!  So you’ll have to assess whether the card’s additional benefits are worth spending the extra money.

You’ll get the same perks as the AMEX Delta Gold cards, plus:

  • Domestic round-trip companion certificate each year on your card anniversary
  • 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend more than $25,000 in a calendar year.  And an additional 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $50,000 in the same timeframe
  • Terms Apply
AMEX Delta Card Application
Depending on Your Itinerary, You Could Save Hundreds of Dollars With the AMEX Platinum Delta Companion Certificate You’ll Receive Each Card Anniversary

And this card is a good pick if you want to earn Delta elite status, because the sign-up bonus includes Medallion Qualification miles.  Plus the opportunity to earn more if you’re a big spender!

4.   AMEX Platinum Delta SkyMiles (Small Business)

Link:   Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

The AMEX Delta Platinum small business card is almost identical to the personal version.  Except you’ll have to spend $4,000 on purchases (not $3,000) in the first 3 months to unlock the sign-up bonus.

You’ll still earn 70,000 Delta miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after meeting the minimum spending requirement.  And a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.

Like the personal card, you’ll get the same perks as the AMEX Delta Gold cards, plus:

  • Domestic round-trip companion certificate each year on your card anniversary
  • 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend more than $25,000 in a calendar year.  And an additional 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $50,000 in the same timeframe
  • Terms Apply
AMEX Delta Card Application
Folks Who’re Looking to Earn Delta Elite Status Can Earn Medallion Qualifying Miles With the AMEX Delta Platinum Cards

The $195 annual fee is NOT waived the first year.  But this card could be worth it if you value Medallion Qualifying miles or can make good use of the yearly companion certificate.

And remember, each American Express card populates your online account with money saving AMEX Offers.  Million Mile Secrets team member Scott enjoys using these at places he’d shop or eat anyway.  So far this year he reports saving $30 worth of tacos and $20 worth of burgers. 🙂

For small business owners, this card makes more sense than the personal card because it won’t show up on your personal credit report.  So it won’t count towards Chase’s 5/24 rule.

What Can You Do With Delta Miles?

You can fly on Delta (I like their service much better than United Airlines and American Airlines!) within the US and internationally.  And you can hop on their SkyTeam partners like Air France, KLM, or Korean Air, and non-alliance partners like Virgin Australia to places like Paris, Amsterdam, and Sydney!

For example, round-trip coach flights within the US usually cost 25,000 Delta miles.  But on shorter routes, or when Delta has a flash sale, prices can be as low as 5,000 Delta miles one-way.

AMEX Delta Card Application
Emily Has Used Delta Miles to Book Award Flights on SkyTeam Partners Like Air France

Although Delta no longer publishes an award chart, you can easily search for award flights and pricing on Delta and their partner airlines on the Delta website.

An Even Easier Way to Redeem Delta Miles!

If you don’t want to fuss with finding available award seats, AMEX Delta cardholders can redeem Delta miles for paid tickets at a rate of 1 cent per mile.  Using Pay With Miles, there are NO blackout dates.  And you’ll earn miles for your ticket!

So the increased sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Delta cards are worth $600 or $700 in Delta flights!  (60,000 or 70,000 Delta miles X 1 cent per mile).

Worst case scenario, you’ll be able to get $600 to $700 worth of flights.  I love having this as a backup plan in case you have trouble getting the award flights you want.

That said, Delta miles do NOT expire!  So patience can pay off when you have that awesome feeling of booking an award flight worth MUCH more than $700!

Earn More Delta Miles With Flexible Points

You don’t have to earn Delta miles directly to boost your Delta account balance!  Delta is a transfer partner of 2 of the main transferable points programs.

1.   Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points

Link:   American Express Membership Rewards Transfer Partners

You can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Delta at a ratio of 1:1.  Transfers are usually instant, though you’ll pay an excise fee of 0.06 cents per point (up to a maximum of $99) because Delta is a US airline.

You can earn AMEX Membership Rewards points with cards like:

2.   Transfer Starwood Points (or Marriott Points Indirectly)

Link:   Starwood Points

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Link:   Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card

You can transfer Starwood points to Delta at a ratio of 1:1.  Plus, when you transfer in increments of 20,000 Starwood points, you’ll get a bonus 5,000 Delta miles!

And because of the Marriott – Starwood merger, you can transfer Marriott points to Starwood at a ratio of 3:1.  And then move Starwood points to Delta.

Bottom Line

It’s a great time to consider the AMEX Delta cards!  Because until November 8, 2017, you can earn the highest-ever public sign-up bonuses on these cards:

You can use Delta miles to book award flights on Delta and partner airlines like KLM and Air France to get to places like London, Amsterdam, or Paris.  Or use Pay With Miles to offset the cost of paid tickets with no blackout dates at a rate of 1 cent per mile.

If you’re eligible for small business cards (it’s easier than you think!), consider the business version of each card.  Because AMEX business cards do NOT show up on your personal credit report.  So they won’t ruin your chances of being approved for valuable Chase cards later

How would you use the improved sign-up bonus from the AMEX Delta cards?

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Hello, if I apply Delta Skymile Platinum card from Amex and spend $2,5000 a year, will I be qualified for the silver medallion status or I need to do something else? Thanks !

Million Mile Secrets

When you spend $25,000 on the AMEX Delta Platinum card, you'll earn 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles. But to earn Delta Silver elite status, you must earn 25,000 Medallion qualifying miles in a calendar year. Hope this helps!

Do the business cards produce a 'hard pull' on your FICO ?
I got the personal gold on the last day the last 60K offer expired.

Million Mile Secrets

Yes, AMEX will pull your credit report. But this typically only has a very minor impact on your FICO score. Once the account is open, it will not appear on your personal credit report. Here's a post with more details:

https://millionmilesecrets.com/2016/05/31/if-you-dont-know-this-amex-secret-youre-missing-out-big-time/

I applied for the Delta Gold a few days before the bonus increased. Do you have any advise on how to try to get the new bonus increased on the card? I tried calling, but it was an impossible task.

Million Mile Secrets

I'd recommend calling again to request a match to the higher offer. I can't guarantee this will work though.

Can I also transfer delta to spg by 1-1 ?

Million Mile Secrets

You can transfer Starwood points to Delta (but not the other way around)! And you'll get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer. Here's a post with more details:

https://millionmilesecrets.com/2013/08/13/spg-transfer-partners/