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New Cardmembers Every 30 Seconds! 6 Reasons Delta Credit Cards Are So Popular

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New Cardmembers Every 30 Seconds! 6 Reasons Delta Credit Cards Are So Popular

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Some of our readers swear by Delta, and others think Delta miles are just “meh”.

In either case, it’s impossible to ignore the sheer fact that Delta miles are some of the most sought after miles in the airline industry.  Delta and AMEX partnered to bring us Delta-branded credit cards, like:

Since then, AMEX has added a new cardmember every 30 seconds.  That’s over 1 million cardmembers per year!

New Card-Members Every 30 Seconds, 6 Reasons Delta SkyMiles Cards are so Popular
New cardmembers every 30 seconds.  Delta cards are CRAZY popular

Here’s what to know if you’re considering the Delta credit cards.

6 Reasons Delta Credit Cards Are so Popular

1.   There’s a Delta Credit Card for Everybody

There are a total of 7 Delta credit cards from American Express.  Four are personal cards and 3 are Business cards.  That might be the most cards out there of any loyalty program.  You’ve got:

2.   First Checked Bag Free

Aside from the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, each Delta credit card offers the first checked bag free for you and up to 8 companions on the same reservation.

At $30 per bag per one-way trip, that could total $540 savings for round-trip flights for 9 folks on the same reservation.  Best part is, you don’t have to pay with your Delta card to receive this benefit!

New Card-Members Every 30 Seconds, 6 Reasons Delta SkyMiles Cards are so Popular
Delta offers low cost award tickets on lots of routes.  And cardmembers get a free checked bag, too

3.   Low Cost Award Flights

It’s extremely easy to get great value out of your Delta miles.  Delta flies (almost) everywhere, and they often have enticing sales on award routes.

For example, Delta often has sales for international flights to Europe for as low as 32,000 miles.

Team member Andrew was able to find some popular routes at low rates too:

  • 4,000 Delta miles + ~$6 fees for a one-way short-haul flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco
  • 7,500 Delta miles + ~$6 fees for a one-way medium-haul flight from Los Angeles to Dallas
  • 11,000 Delta miles + ~$6 fees for a one-way long-haul flight from Los Angeles to New York

So you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a big value from your Delta miles!

4.   Priority Boarding

Every Delta credit card, except the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, comes with complimentary Priority Boarding.

This allows you to board the plane sooner and stow your bag with plenty of time to spare.  And like the First Checked Bag Free perk, this applies to up to 8 additional companions booked on the same reservation!

New Card-Members Every 30 Seconds, 6 Reasons Delta SkyMiles Cards are so Popular
In-flight purchases with your card rewards you with 20% back!

5.   20% In-Flight Savings

Each Delta credit card grants you 20% back for in-flight purchases.

Purchases include things like:

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Entertainment

Credits to your statement should hit between 6 and 8 weeks from purchase with your Delta card.

6.   Annual Companion Certificate

With either the AMEX Delta Reserve cards or AMEX Delta Platinum cards, you’ll earn a companion certificate each year.

Every time you renew your card (pay the annual fee), you will receive a digital companion certificate that allows you to add a second passenger to your domestic round-trip flight reservation (within the contiguous 48 US states) by only paying the taxes and fees for that passenger.

Depending on the route, you can save significantly!  Flights from New York City to Los Angeles can easily top $500, meaning you could save at least $500 when adding a companion to your flight and using this certificate.

Bottom Line

Delta credit cards have become extremely popular over the past couple of years.  A new cardmember is added every 30 seconds!

Whether it’s the free checked bag, 20% in-flight savings, priority boarding, or just the welcome bonus, everyone has their reasons for loving Delta cards.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what card might be right for you, check out our post on best credit cards for earning Delta miles.  And let me know your favorite in the comments.

Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

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I wanted to like the SkyMiles Platinum but with an expiration on the Companion Pass I found that I made up a trip rather than using it for a trip I needed to make. Ended up having to pay for Main Cabin (required with this CP) rather than the basic economy that I generally fly. When all was said and done, the cost of the main cabin plus the mandatory fees added up to something not much less than I would have spent paying cash – not to mention that I was limited in availability both within the Delta site and in the general aviation marketplace. The $195 annual fee made this CP too hard to walk away from even when I wasn’t able to find any other value in the card.

I love Delta. We own their stock. Flying in March San Francisco to Zurich for 26000 SkyMiles r/t. Wow! Just can’t find value in that companion pass at $195 annually for the card. Downgraded to blue so as not to lose the credit availability we have established with AmEx. Applied and accepted for the Alaska card that has a $99 CP annually and a very reasonable $75 annual fee. Free checked baggage as well. I’m willing to lose the $99 value of their CP if I can’t fly but with freedom to use the CP where ever Alaska flies (Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Central America) I fully expect to get enough value to use it routinely.

Note; The cardholder does not have to be one of the travelers in order to use the companion pass.