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Earn Up to 80K Miles With These Delta Amex Welcome Offers

Delta has recently been offering some very nice awards for new customers. If you are checking these out, then you might want to know how to compare them.

 

From now until 7/2/19, Delta is offering a bonus of 80K SkyMiles to new customers with the Delta Amex business and personal cards. Although there is not any official rewards chart, this is still a great bonus.

 

One of the possible rewards to redeem for is a round trip ticket to Australia for 44K miles.

 

Here is a comparison of the 6 Delta Amex options and the various bonuses, and annual fees.

 

 

 

Gold Delta SkyMiles

Gold Delta SkyMiles(R) Business

Platinum Delta SkyMiles

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business

Delta Reserve for Business 

Delta Reserve 

 

Gold Delta Amex and Gold Delta Business Amex

 

At the lowest entry level, the Delta SkyMiles credit card offers 60K bonus miles after customers spend $2000 in the first 3 months. Cardholders will also receive a $50 statement credit if they make a Delta purchase during this period.

 

The Delta SkyMiles Gold Business card offers more, with a 70K sign on bonus after you spend $4000 in the first three months, and the same $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase during this time period.

 

Both cards have a $95 annual fee, but this is waived during the first year. Cardholders also get a free checked bag, priority boarding, and 20% discount on inflight purchases.

 

Both of these Delta cards will allow you to earn 2X miles on all Delta purchases and 1X on all other purchases.

 

If you consider some of the expert opinions, like The Points Guy, those 60K miles are worth $720, and 70K are worth $840. You do have some options for getting even more value, depending on how you redeem. Some of the recent sales on Delta may allow you to redeem 70K tickets for up to 7 domestic round-trip tickets or a round-trip ticket to South America.

 

Platinum Delta Amex and Platinum Delta Business Amex

 

The next level up, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card from Amex has a current deal offering 75K bonus miles, along with 5K Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) after you spend $3000 in the first 3 months. You can also get a $100 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.

 

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business version of the card offers 80K miles and 5K MQM’s after you spend $6000 in the first 3 months. You will also get a $100 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase during that time.

 

Although the personal and business Platinum Delta Amex cards do have a higher annual fee, and it is not waived, the benefits are far greater than the Gold versions of the card. The Platinum cards offer an annual companion certificate, good for a ticket in the main cabin. All your companion pays are the taxes and fees, which will be $75 or less.

 

The Platinum cards also allow you to work toward earning the MQMs that will qualify you for Delta Elite Status. You will earn the basic 5K MQMs with your welcome bonus, plus another 10K MQMs once you spend $25000 in a calendar year. If you spend $50000 in a calendar year, along with another 10K MQMs and 10K miles.

 

Again, The Points Guy claims that the 75K miles are worth $900, and the 80K miles are worth $960. If you keep your eyes peeled for deals, or if you already have a SkyMiles account with a balance, you may be able to get a ticket to Europe.

 

Delta Reserve and Delta Reserve for Business

 

The best Delta Amex card currently available is the Delta Reserve Credit Card from Amex. This card offers the same 75K SkyMiles and 5K MQMs as the Platinum version, but you need to spend $5000 in the first 3 months, instead of the $3000 you need to spend for the Platinum version.

 

The business version of this card offers 80K bonus miles and 5K MQMs, but you need to spend $6000 in the first 3 months.

 

The Reserve versions of the Delta card have a hefty $450 annual fee, but offer the highest level of perks. You will get free access to the Delta Sky Club lounges anytime you fly on Delta, and you can even bring two guests at a time (for a $29 fee). Your annual companion certificate is good for first class travel, too.

 

Don’t forget that the Delta Reserve offers you the chance to earn Delta Elite status after you meet specific spending thresholds. Earn 15K MQMs and 15K miles by spending $30000 in a calendar year, and an additional 5K MQMs and 15K miles if you spend $60000 in the calendar year.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Because Delta does not have a clear award chart, SkyMiles often get a bit of a bad rap. The Points Guy would claim that Delta miles are worth less than those for other airline partners, but this may be changing with some of these current offers. Sales are becoming more common, and the destinations are increasing, as well.

This may be the best that Delta has looked for years. Since they have been offering at least one domestic and one international sale each month recently, it might be time to jump on this bandwagon.



 

Gold Delta SkyMiles

Gold Delta SkyMiles(R) Business

Platinum Delta SkyMiles

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business

Delta Reserve for Business 

Delta Reserve 

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