Last chance to earn up to 100,000 bonus miles with the increased Delta card offers

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Delta has drastically cut back on the routes it serves due to the coronavirus and you shouldn’t be traveling right now if you don’t have to. But if you’re in a financial situation where you can apply for an airline credit card this is your last chance to get in on the increased Delta card offers. Delta miles don’t expire and it’s likely that there will be some great deals available in the future, so earning the miles now can make sense. These Delta credit card offers are ending on April 1, 2020.

Here’s what you can earn with each card (terms apply; offers end April 1, 2020):

Remember, you can only earn the intro bonus on a specific American Express card once per lifetime. So now is a great time to apply for any of these cards. Also, the business and personal versions of the Delta cards are considered different products. So for example, if you’ve had the Delta Gold card before you would still be eligible for the welcome bonus with the Delta Gold Business card.

Increased Amex Delta credit card offers

Delta One Suites. (Photo courtesy of Delta)

My favorite way to use Delta miles is for domestic flights and because there is no Delta award chart prices are dynamic. This allows me to take advantage of flexible travel plans to find the best deals. I’ve been able to book round-trip flights from 11,000 miles, which is half of what I would have paid for the same routes with other airlines. This is a great way to increase the value of your Delta miles redemptions, we’ve even seen Delta award sales with domestic flights for as little as 5,000 round-trip.

Amex Delta Gold and Delta Gold Business cards

The Amex Delta Gold and Amex Delta Gold business cards have welcome offers of up to 70,000 miles. You can earn 60,000 miles after spending $2,000 on your card in the first three months and earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after your first account anniversary.

The Delta Gold personal card earns 2x miles on eligible Delta purchases, at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets. All other purchases earn one Delta mile per dollar.

The Delta Gold Business card earns 2x miles on eligible Delta purchases, at restaurants, U.S. purchases on advertising in select media and U.S. shipping purchases. You’ll earn one Delta mile per dollar on everything else.

With both cards you’ll also get:

  • First checked bag free for yourself and up to eight traveling companions on the same reservation
  • 20% discount on certain Delta inflight purchases in the form of a statement credit
  • Priority boarding (Main Cabin 1)
  • Up to $100 Delta flight credit after spending $10,000+ on the card in a calendar year
  • Pay With Miles (each point worth one cent toward Delta flights)
  • Terms apply

The $99 annual fee is waived for the first year for the Delta Gold personal card (see rates & fees) and the Delta Gold business card (see rates & fees).

Amex Delta Platinum and Delta Platinum Business cards

When you open an Amex Delta Platinum or Amex Delta Platinum Business card you can earn up to 100,000 miles: Earn 80,000 miles after spending $3,000 on your card in the first three months and earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first account anniversary.

The personal Delta Platinum has a couple of new bonus spending categories. You’ll earn 3x miles on eligible Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2x miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and one mile per dollar spent everywhere else.

Not to be outdone, the Delta Platinum Business card earns 3x miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 1.5x miles on all eligible single purchases of $5,000 or more (up to 50,000 additional miles per year) and one mile per dollar spent everywhere else.

Other than the different spending bonuses and the lack of a $100 Delta flight credit, the Delta Platinum cards come with the same perks as both of the Amex Delta Gold cards, plus:

  • Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year on your card anniversary
  • Earn 10,000 MQMs after you spend $25,000+ on your card in a calendar year. And once you spend $50,000+ in total in the same calendar year, you’ll earn another 10,000 MQMs.
  • A Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit (worth up to $100)
  • Ability to purchase Delta SkyClub one-time lounge passes for the cardholder and up to two guests for $39 a person.
  • Medallion® Qualification Dollar (MQD) waiver for Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion status when you spend $25,000 or more on the card during the calendar year. For a Diamond MQD waiver you’ll need to spend $250,000+ during the same timeframe.
  • Terms apply

There is a $250 annual fee for both the Delta Platinum (see rates and fees) and Delta Platinum Business (see rates and fees).

Amex Delta Reserve and Delta Reserve Business cards

With the Amex Delta Reserve and Amex Delta Reserve Business card you can earn up to 100,000 miles and 20,000 MQMs: You’ll earn 80,000 miles and 20,000 MQMs after spending $5,000 on your card in the first three months and earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first account anniversary.

The personal Delta Reserve earns 3x miles on eligible Delta purchases and one mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases. The business Delta Reserve card earns the same 3x miles on eligible Delta purchases and one mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases. But the earning rate on the card is bumped up to 1.5x miles after you spend $150,000 or more on the card in a calendar year. So every dollar you spend on the card above and beyond $150,000 will earn .5 extra miles. But if you are making Delta purchases, you’ll still only earn 3x miles.

These cards also now have improved airport lounge access benefits. In addition to having complimentary access to Delta SkyClub locations when traveling on a Delta flight (you can bring up to two guest for $39 per person), you’ll also be able to visit Amex Centurion lounges. For Centurion lounge access you’ll also need to be traveling with Delta and have booked the flight with your Reserve card. You may bring up to two guests for $50 per person into Centurion lounges.

Another new perk for these cards is that when you open your account (and every year you renew) you’ll get two one-time Delta SkyClub guest passes, saving you up to $78.

You’ll also get similar basic perks as what you get with the Platinum and Gold like, priority boarding, first checked bag free and 20% off select inflight purchases. In addition, Reserve cardholders (business and personal) will get:

  • A new Status Boost™. You can earn 15,000 MQMs after you spend $30,000 on your card in a calendar year. You can earn this bonus up to four times per year (for 60,000 MQMs)
  • Application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • Medallion® Qualification Dollar (MQD) waiver for Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion status when you spend $25,000 more on the card during the calendar year. For a Diamond MQD waiver you’ll need to spend $250,000+ during the same timeframe.
  • Domestic round-trip companion certificate (valid for up to first class) each year on your card anniversary
  • Access to complimentary upgrades, even if you don’t have Medallion status (subject to availability, Basic Economy fares are not eligible for upgrades)

The annual fee has increased to $550 for personal Delta Reserve (see rates & fees) and Delta Reserve Business card (see rates and fees).

Amex Delta Blue card

The Amex Delta Blue card has a welcome offer of 15,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in your first three months.

You’ll also get:

  • 2x miles per dollar at restaurants and on Delta purchases.
  • One mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees (see rates and fees)
  • 20% off (as a statement credit) inflight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
  • Terms Apply.

That’s not the worst for a card that has no annual fee (see rates and fees).

Are these offers worth it for you?

Because you can redeem Delta miles for one cent each using Pay with Miles, these offers are worth at least between $600 and $800 the first year. If you’re using your miles for award seats, they’ll be worth much more. Another nice thing about these deals is that Delta miles never expire, so you can earn the miles now and use them later without any risk of losing them.

Delta also has regular Delta SkyMiles deals which can help you stretch the value of your miles further. For example, I’ve seen deals to Europe for as little as 20,000 SkyMiles round-trip in coach. A ticket like this could easily cost $500+, giving you a value of 2.5 cents per mile â€” much higher than the rate you’ll get by using Pay with Miles. To be notified when great Delta deals are available, sign-up for our newsletter.

You can apply for the increased offers through these links:

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For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express card, please click here.

Featured photo by Eliyahu Yosef Parypa/Shutterstock.

Jason Stauffer is a contributor to Million Mile Secrets, he covers topics on points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel.

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