Ending Soon: Highest-Ever Signup Bonus on Delta Amex Cards
A quick heads up: there are just a few days left to get the highest-ever* signup bonuses on the American Express-Delta cobranded credit cards. The bonuses, which are available on the personal and business version of the Gold Delta SkyMiles card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles card from American Express, go back down to their normal amounts on July 5th, and are available to anyone who hasn't had the specific card before. Aside from the SkyMiles signup bonuses, both cards come with some useful perks for anyone who flies Delta — even just occasionally.
Delta has a pretty bad reputation for its frequent flier currency, but I think it's been blown a bit out of proportion. It's true that SkyMiles have been devalued significantly over the past few years, both in terms of earning and spending. It's tough to get outsized value by using miles for premium cabins. It's also true that since Delta did a disappearing act with its award chart, getting good redemption values can take some time and patience. However, I've found over the past year that it's definitely still possible. Using SkyMiles earned through three credit cards, a few promotions and partnerships and some actual flying, I've booked a roundtrip flight to Europe, a short haul trip this summer, and a transcontinental flight in Delta One for my upcoming honeymoon (I'm working on that post now).
There are a few differences between the two cards, but a lot of the perks are identical.
The Gold Delta SkyMiles card from American Express is currently offering 60,000 bonus SkyMiles if you spend $3,000 within four months of opening the card. For reference, 60,000 miles is generally enough for a roundtrip ticket from the east coast to Europe, depending on availability. As an extra bonus, American Express offers a $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase during those first four months. Virtually any purchase with Delta counts, ranging from airfare to a snack during a flight. If you’re not planning to fly Delta any time soon, you can purchase a Delta gift card to use towards a later flight.
The card earns two SkyMiles per dollar spent with Delta, and one SkyMile per dollar on everything else. Being a cardholder gets you priority boarding, a free checked bag and discounted access to Delta SkyClub lounges ($29 per person) when you show your card. You also get a 20% discount on in-flight purchases, such as food or alcoholic drinks. The annual fee is $95, but it’s waived for your first year.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles card from American Express currently has a signup bonus of 70,000 SkyMiles when you spend $4,000 in the first four months of card membership, as well as a $100 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase. The Platinum card also offers 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), which can help you on your way towards elite frequent flier status if you travel with Delta a lot. The Platinum card earns SkyMiles on spending at the same rate as the Gold card. Each year if you spend $25,000 or more on the card, you get an extra 10,000 bonus SkyMiles and MQMs. The card has all of the same perks as the Gold card, plus a potentially valuable extra benefit.
Each year when you renew your card, you get one companion certificate. A companion certificate can be used to book a free ticket for someone traveling with you when you purchase an economy ticket for yourself, and is valid for travel anywhere within the continental United States (an exception is made if you live in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands). Basically, using the companion certificate means you will get two tickets for the price of one. This perk can be extremely valuable, and can easily outweigh the price of the annual fee of $195 (not waived the first year). For me personally, the companion pass is absolutely worth the annual fee because I can use it for my fiancée during a trip that costs more than $195 each.
Both cards come with several other benefits, including purchase and fraud protections, as well as no foreign transaction fees. The two cards are useful for anyone who flies with Delta, and with the signup bonuses set to return to normal on July 5th, now is a great time to consider opening one of them.
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* These are the highest-ever signup bonuses I can find or remember. Someone let me know if it was ever higher.