Which 50,000 Mile Delta Card Is Right for You?
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Having trouble deciding which increased American Express Delta SkyMiles sign-up bonus offer to apply for?
Until September 8, 2014, the sign-up bonus on the American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal), Gold Delta SkyMiles (Business), and Platinum Delta SkyMiles cards is 50,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months. Many readers have asked about this deal, because the bonus is normally only 30,000 miles.
How do you decide which card is best for you? Let’s compare some of the perks you’ll get!
The Same, But Different
Link: American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal)
Link: American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (Business)
Link: American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles
- 2 round-trip coach class tickets to anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 50,000 miles
- A round-trip coach class ticket to Hawaii for 45,000 miles
- A round-trip coach class ticket to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America for 35,000 miles
- A round-trip Business Class or First Class ticket to anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 50,000 miles
And after January 1, 2015 (when Delta starts allowing 1-way award tickets):
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Africa for 40,000 miles
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Middle East or South Asian Subcontinent for 42,500 miles
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Southwest Pacific for 50,000 miles
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Southeast Asia (such as Thailand or Malaysia) for 40,000 miles
A Side-By-Side Comparison
Each card gives you different benefits. And the Gold and Platinum have different annual fees.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the cards to help you decide which 1 is best for you!
|Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal)||Gold Delta SkyMiles (Business)||Platinum Delta SkyMiles|
|Sign-Up Bonus (After You Spend $1,000 in 3 Months)||50,000 Miles||50,000 Miles||50,000 Miles|
|Elite-Qualifying Miles With Sign-Up Bonus||No||No||Yes, 15,000 Miles|
|Elite-Qualifying Miles and Bonus Miles for Big Spending||No||No||Yes, up to 20,000 Elite-Qualifying Miles and 20,000 Bonus Miles If You Spend Over $50,000 per Year|
|Statement Credit After Delta Purchase in 1st 3 Months||Yes, $50||Yes, $50||Yes, $100|
|First Checked Bag Free||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Annual Companion Certificate||No||No||Yes|
|Double Miles on Delta Purchases||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|20% Discount on In-Flight Purchases||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pay With Miles||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Discount on Delta SkyClub Lounge Passes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Foreign Transaction Fees||No||No||No|
|American Express OPEN Discounts for Businesses||No||Yes||No|
|Annual Fee||$95, waived for the 1st year||$95, waived for the 1st year||$195, NOT waived for the 1st year|
Let’s Look at It Another WayIn summary, all 3 cards get you:
- 50,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in new purchases in the 1st 3 months
- A statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase in the 1st 3 months ($50 statement credit for Gold, $100 for Platinum)
- First checked bag free
- Double miles on Delta purchases
- 20% discount on in-flight purchases
- Priority boarding
- Pay With Miles
- Discount on Delta SkyClub lounge passes
- No foreign transaction fees
- Annual fee of $95 waived for the 1st year
- American Express OPEN discounts (business version only)
- 15,000 elite-qualifying miles as part of the sign-up bonus
- Up to 20,000 bonus miles and 20,000 elite-qualifying miles if you’re a big spender
- Yearly companion certificate
- But the annual fee of $195 is NOT waived for the 1st year
It Depends on How You Spend and Travel
The Gold Delta SkyMiles (personal and business) cards might be your best choice if you:
- Don’t want to pay an annual fee the 1st year
- Are NOT looking for elite status on Delta
- Won’t use a companion certificate
- Are NOT a big spender
But you might want to consider the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card if you:
- Don’t mind paying an annual fee (which is off-set partially by the $100 statement credit)
- Want elite status on Delta and fly a lot of Delta paid flights
- Can save money by using the companion certificate
- Are a big spender
The American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal), Gold Delta SkyMiles (Business), and Platinum Delta SkyMiles cards all have an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new card in the 1st 3 months. But the offer ends September 8, 2014.
These cards have a lot in common, but each has some unique perks that might appeal to different types of travelers. To decide which card is best for you, consider your flying and spending habits, whether you want elite status or a companion certificate, and if you mind paying an annual fee the 1st year.
What do you like most about these cards? Which is your favorite?
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