September 28, 2017
Limited Time Offer: Earn 70K Delta SkyMiles with American Express

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Delta and American Express are offering increased sign-up bonuses on the Gold Delta SkyMiles and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit cards for a limited time. Interestingly, this comes just two days after Delta announced that it will require $250,000 in credit card spending to waive the MQD requirement for Diamond status in 2019.


Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card

The card is now offering 50,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and an additional 10,000 Bonus Miles after spending an additional $1,000 in the first six months. You’ll also get the standard $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. This offer is good through November 8, 2017. (The business version of this card also has the elevated sign-up bonus).



As a point of comparison, the Gold card normally offers a 50,000 SkyMile sign-up bonus after spending $1,000 in the first three months. The card retains all its normal perks like earning 2X miles per $1 on Delta purchases, first checked bag free, priority boarding etc. It has a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95.


Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card

The card is now offering 70,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 MQM after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You’ll also get the standard $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. This offer is good through November 8, 2017. (The business version of this card also has the elevated sign-up bonus).



As a point of comparison, the Platinum card normally offers 35,000 SkyMiles and 5,000 MQM after spending $1,000 in the first three months. The card retains all its normal perks like an annual domestic economy companion certificate, MQD waiver (up to Diamond) after spending $25,000, 2X miles per $1 on Delta purchases, first checked bag free, priority boarding etc. The Platinum card has a $195 annual fee.


This is the largest sign-up bonus we’ve seen on these credit cards. While Delta’s frequent flyer program is constantly becoming less valuable because of devaluations, you can still occasionally get a decent value using their SkyMiles. Even if you redeem the miles for a paltry 1 cent a piece, you’d be getting at least $600 in value form the Gold card and $700 in value from the Platinum card with these bonuses.



I was already considering applying for the Platinum card next year as I plan on moving some of my business from United to Delta in 2018. But given the huge sign-up bonus, I’ll be applying now instead. Even if you’re a casual Delta flyer, the Gold card can make a lot of sense. There’s no annual fee the first year, you get free checked bags and priority boarding, a $50 statement credit, and 60,000 extra SkyMiles!

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