Amex Platinum Delta card review: Earn a companion certificate every year and bonus miles on groceries for a limited time

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The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card is ideal for frequent Delta flyers. It will help you earn miles for award flights and has the ability to give you huge jump on Delta elite status.

You’ll earn 45,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months. Plus, earn a $100 Statement Credit after your first Delta purchase on your new card in the first three months.

Let’s look at what you get with the Delta SkyMiles Platinum card and whether it’s a good fit for your wallet.

Check out our Amex Delta Platinum review to see how its welcome offer can be worth well over $1,000 in Delta flights. (Photo by NextNewMedia/Shutterstock.)

Who is this card for?

The Delta Platinum Amex card is the mid-tier Delta credit card that now has a $250 annual fee (see rates and fees). So it’s a bit pricey if for those that rarely fly with Delta, but the Amex Delta Platinum’s benefits make it a great choice for Delta regulars. We’ll cover the old and new perks, which can help you earn Delta miles faster and even potentially expedite your way to Delta elite status.

Current bonus

Right now the Delta Platinum Amex card has a welcome offer 45,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months. Plus, earn a $100 Statement Credit after your first Delta purchase on your new card in the first three months.

The total value of this bonus is at least $450 in Delta flights when you use the Pay with Miles feature. But you can get even more value when you use your miles for flights, which is the best way to use Delta miles.

Benefits and perks

With the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card, you’ll earn:

  • 4x miles per dollar at U.S. supermarkets (May through July 2020)
  • 3x Delta miles per dollar spent on Delta, including flights booked on Delta.com, Sky Club membership or passes, Delta Vacations packages, upgrades and inflight purchases
  • 3x Delta miles per dollar on purchases made directly with hotels
  • 2x Delta miles at restaurants
  • 1 Delta mile per dollar spent on everything else
  • Terms apply

But that’s just the start of what the card gets you. You’ll also get all of the following perks:

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Terms apply

For more details, check out our guide to the Amex Delta Platinum’s benefits.

How to redeem Delta SkyMiles

The best way to use Delta miles is for flights and you can do this in two main ways. The first is the easiest, one of the perks of having a Delta credit card is that it unlocks the Pay With Miles feature. This feature allows you to pay for airfare at a rate of one cent per mile. This is great if your travel plans aren’t flexible because you won’t have to worry about blackout dates or potentially sky-high award prices. Plus, you’ll actually earn miles on your flight!

You’ll need to redeem at least 5,000 miles ($50) to use Pay with Miles and you can use it to partially pay for flights. Pay With Miles is generally only a good option when you’re booking cheaper economy tickets. Otherwise, you’ll want to use your Delta miles for award flights.

Booking award flights with Delta (or Delta’s partners) is easy. You just login to your Delta account, search for the flights (select “Shop with Miles”) and book the ones you want.

Is the annual fee worth it?

The card has a $250 annual fee (See Rates & Fees). Whether or not this is worth it for the long term will depend on the amount of travel you do each year with Delta.

For those who frequently travel on Delta, this card can pay for itself with free checked bags and status boost which can get you to the next status tier. And the companion certificate you earn each year upon renewal will almost always be worth more than the cost of the annual fee.

Active-duty members of the military can get the annual fee waived by American Express, which makes this an incredible deal.

Insider tip

While you can book flights with most of Delta’s partners online, there are a few that you’ll need to call in to book. This presents a good opportunity for those in the know to book flights with these partners – China Airlines, Air Europa and Jet Airways. You can use these tricks to find hidden award flights, then call Delta to book your ticket over the phone.

Credit cards similar to the Delta Platinum card

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum card is a great card for Delta flyers who travel frequently. The opportunity to earn MQMs and a companion certificate generally make it worth the annual fee, but depending on your purchase habits and travel frequency, here are other Delta cards to consider:

You can only earn the welcome bonus on an American Express card once, per person, per lifetime. So if you’ve had one of these cards in the past, you won’t be able to earn the same introductory bonus a second time.

Otherwise, reports online indicate most people with good credit are eligible for these cards. Remember that many factors are considered during the application process other than your credit score. Your credit score can give you an idea on your approval chances, but the bank makes the final decision.

Bottom line

The offer on the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card is great if you frequently travel with Delta.

If you value Delta elite status and can use money-saving perks like the annual companion certificate and free checked bag, this card is well worth the annual fee. But if you don’t fly Delta frequently, you might consider other Amex Delta cards with a lower fee.

You can apply for the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card here.

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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.

Featured photo by NextNewMedia/Shutterstock.

Meghan Hunter 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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Mike Johnson
1 month ago

They removed the 10,000 mile bonus after spending $25k, and again at $50k. This was a huge perk for me. I am going to check out other offers before I have to renew. I suspect they are going to lose me-the annual fee is just too high.

hy
3 months ago

which groceries qualify

Antonio Santelli
6 months ago

After being a Delta American Express customer for almost 20 years and spending between 25- to $40 thousands a year on the card find out that they screwed me up so bad it was not worth it anymore, I have thrusted them the very first time to book a vacation trip to Mirtle Beach SC last September not only to have find out that the booking was done without my knowledge thru Expedia as I have found out when I was into the Hotel to check in but also fund out that they have expressly asked the hotel to be the cheapest room in the building! After paying over $265 a day for a room that was not worth $100 a day and for that money that I have paid could have had the best suite on the coast have decided to cancel it, American Express its not worth it any more!

Robert Schmidt
8 months ago

2 questions, please.

1. Is Global Entry expense paid?
2. When is my renewal month – how do I get the companion certificate?

Eve
1 year ago

I am wondering if I can book my flight with mileages earned from my Delta Amex Platinum and add and use my annual companion certificate? Anyone tried that before successfully? Or do I have to pay cash for my ticket in order to use the annual companion certificate?

Luigi
Reply to  Eve
6 months ago

For a companion voucher you have to have spent $25.000 for the year. then you get a voucher code in your account but you have to buy a a fare and it can be any fare and the companion ticket pays only for the taxes.
Booking have to be done together and travel together.

Bob
Reply to  Eve
11 months ago

Tim Suttles post below says it all. This card is a scam. It is next to impossible to use the companion certificate for any reasonable set of flights you may want. Sure, you can use it to fly to some inexpensive fight to out of the way airports, but none of the good flights and no good non stop flights. I also tried to use miles and the companion certificate together, but after doing the math I found I had to use the same miles for 2 people and the companion certificate as I would if I just booked with miles alone. In other words, if I used miles the certificate added no advantage. I agree with Tim’s post below, this card is a waste of $195. It would be better to just use the Gold Miles $95 a year card, which we previously had, and enjoy free bags and at least some priority boarding. Sorry for the bad news, but hope you avoid the mistake we made of getting this Platinum card.

Brian L.
1 year ago

This offer isn’t that good and I’m not sure why they would be pushing it other than for a referral bonus. Amex/Delta is sending targeted mailers for 70,000 miles after $2000 spend. Plus a $100 statement credit after you first purchase.

Tim Suttles
1 year ago

I had the Delta American Express Platinum card for 15 years and always agonized over it or other cards. After an unbiased review I saw I have been able to use the companion ticket twice in 15 years…tried again this year and amazingly every option I wanted (not holidays) had no companion tickets available. I highly discourage anyone from getting this card and look at the Amex Platinum or other cards if you want travel benefits. Not sure any are worth it but now 100% know this one is NOT. Save yourself the $195 per year…it is not worth it…do the math. Again note, the companion ticket is a scam and rarely used…would love to see the stats on how many are issued versus used. Note I am a Million Miler too.

Bernard
1 year ago

Does a drink or food purchase (of a few $) on a Delta flight get you the $100 statement credit?

Todd
1 year ago

Just applied/accepted this card. Can I purchase a $100 Delta gift card and receive the $100 statement credit?

Bernard
Reply to  Todd
1 year ago

In the AMEX Delta Platinum application details (t) it reads: gift cards are excluded.

Angie
1 year ago

If my husband has this card and I’m an authorized user on his card, can I still apply for my own card or will I be denied? Thank you ~

Andrew W
Reply to  Angie
1 year ago

Hi Angie!

I’m not aware of any reason this won’t work, so I’d imagine you should be eligible for your very own card even if you’re already an authorized user on the card.

Chuck
1 year ago

Was this same offer in effect in March 2018. I signed up for this offer in March and completed the spend but Delta is refusing to give the points.

Andrew W
Reply to  Chuck
1 year ago

Was there a reason given to you for why you were not awarded the points? If you met all of the terms of the offer, I can’t think of any reason why hey wouldn’t honor that agreement.

Dean
2 years ago

why apply for this card and pay $195 annual fee for 70, 000 miles when you can get the gold card with no annual fee the first year and get 60, 000 miles?

Andrew W
Reply to  Dean
1 year ago

Hi Dean!

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles and Gold Delta SkyMiles cards have some slight differences. I think the biggest difference is the fact that the Platinum version comes with a domestic coach round-trip companion certificate each year on your account anniversary. This can easily be worth hundreds of dollars, and the Gold version of the card does not have this perk.