4 Delta Credit Cards With Limited Time 50K-60K Signup Bonuses!

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Originally posted on 6/2:

American Express has released 4 limited time offers on Delta credit cards that are valid until July 6th. Signup bonuses are valid for the first time you’ve had each type of Delta card, so you can get the bonus for each of the 4 card versions below.

1. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: 
-Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-$0 intro annual fee, then $95.

2. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express:
-Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-If you spend $25,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles. If you spend $50,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles.
-This card includes an annual Companion Certificate that is valid for a round-trip Economy Class Companion ticket with the payment of applicable taxes and fees within the 48 contiguous United States. Residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) must originate from there to the 48 contiguous United States and have an address on their SkyMiles account in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the USVI.
-$195 annual fee.

3. Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card:
-Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-Eligible for Open Savings rebates on purchases from Fedex, HP, Hertz, and more.
-$0 intro annual fee, then $95.

4. Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card:
-Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $100 statement creditafter making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-If you spend $25,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles. If you spend $50,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles.
-This card includes an annual Companion Certificate that is valid for a round-trip Economy Class Companion ticket with the payment of applicable taxes and fees within the 48 contiguous United States. Residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) must originate from there to the 48 contiguous United States and have an address on their SkyMiles account in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the USVI.
-Eligible for Open Savings rebates on purchases from Fedex, HP, Hertz, and more.
-$195 annual fee.

-There are several huge advantages that business cards have over consumer cards as you can read here.  You may already have a business that needs a card to keep track of expenses. For example if your name is Joe Smith and you sell items online, or if you have any other side business and want a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures you can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business name. You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

AMEX business cards don’t report your spending on your personal credit report. On personal cards if you spend money on your card your credit score will be hurt even if you pay your bill on time. A whopping 30% of your credit score is based on credit utilization. You can pay off your card before your statement is generated to avoid that, but that takes effort and laying out money well before you have to. Additionally it’s good to have the statement close with a couple dollars to show the card is active and being paid every month.

On a business card it’s just not reported, so you can wait until the money is due without it having a negative effect on your score. Plus if you close a business card it won’t ever have an effect on your score.

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All 4 Delta cards:

-Offer a free checked bag for the primary cardholder and up to 8 companions on the same reservation.
-Have no foreign transaction fees.
-Offer Zone 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights for the primary cardholder and up to 8 companions on the same reservation so that you won’t have to gate-check your carry-ons.
-Offer 2 Delta miles per dollar on flight purchases from Delta.
-Offer a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit on eligible pre-purchased meals, in-flight purchases of food,alcoholic beverages and audio headsets, and movies, shows and video games accessed via Delta’s seatback in-flight entertainment system, on Delta-operated flights.
-Waive the Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement to reach Medallion status if you spend $25,000 on the cards in that calendar year. Eligible Purchases will be combined across multiple Delta cards of the primary cardholder if those accounts are linked to the same SkyMiles number.
-Offer $29 per person discounted SkyClub lounge access for the cardmember and up to 2 guests.
-Offer return protection that allows you to return items to AMEX for a full refund when a store won’t take an item back within 90 days of the date of purchase, up to $300 per item and $1,000 per card per calendar year. If AMEX requests that the item be returned they will provide a free shipping label, though in most people’s experience you don’t typically have to actually send the item back for a refund.
-Offer AMEX protections like purchase protection, extended warranty, dispute resolution, CDW car rental insurance, and more.
-Offer free Shoprunner membership.
-Offer free additional cardholders (up to 99 per account). Additional cardholders are each eligible for American promotions like Small Business Saturday, Twitter offers, etc.

Delta’s miles aren’t my favorite, but they do have their uses. Their one-way flexible award calendar that can be set to search for 5 weeks at a time is a marked improvement over their old buggy award calendar. And award space has markedly improved from what it’s been in the past. It’s now significantly better than AA award space.

They got rid of their award charts, though I saved screenshots of them here.

However since then they’ve changed some rates since then for the better and the worse. The biggest improvement has been their short-haul award, which now can be found for 5K, 7.5K, or 10K miles for a one-way. I’ve found tickets selling for $500 for 10K miles one-way, so there are still deals to be found.

However they are very stingy with saver international business class awards, though their partners are somewhat better and partners always price at saver rates versus the high rates often charged for Delta flights.

If you actually want to collect Delta miles you’ll do better spending on the  Starwood Consumer AMEX or the Starwood Business AMEX as 20,000 Starpoints transfers into 25,000 miles on dozens of airlines, including Delta or Delta partners like Air France and Alaska. Though there are better airlines that Starwood points can transfer into unless you need a specific Delta award.

Alternatively you can earn 1.5 miles per dollar (transferable to Delta) everywhere by making 30 transactions per month with The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express. Purchases like gas, Uber, and groceries will earn 3-4.5 miles per dollar.

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express has no annual fee and earns 1.2 miles per dollar (transferable to Delta) by making 20 transactions per month. Purchases like groceries and Uber and will earn 2.2-2.4 miles per dollar.

For Delta purchases you can earn 3 points per dollar on the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card versus 2 per dollar on the Delta card.

However the MQM bonuses can make it worth spending on the Platinum Delta cards if you can hit the $25K or $50K spend threshold bonuses.

Additionally if you are gunning for Delta medallion status, then spending $25,000 on Delta cards in a year will waive the requirement to spend a minimum amount on Delta flights to earn that status ($3,000 for Silver, $6,000 for Gold, $9,000 for Platinum, and $15,000 for Diamond if you don’t spend $25K in a year across all of your Delta cards).

But the cards are great for the signup bonus and benefits that they come with for both Delta Medallions and non-Medallions alike.

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Mahagony

error in your write up, amex does not give CDW unless you call before rental and pay for it. NOT INCLUDED

Also failed to explain if gold and platnium delta cards are same product or not

Dan

@Mahagony:
AMEX gives free CDW on all rentals.
If you want primary CDW you need to pay $19.95 extra per rental and in my experience it covers more cars than other primary CDW protections do.

Each of the 4 cards is its own product.

Anonymous

Think the only one I can still get with new rules is reserve -any bonus? Think it’s 10,000
For platinum Morgan Stanley can you sign up with out an account?

Oren

I’ve beein seeing Delta domestic business class award tickets for as low as 22k one way (and not just for shorthaul, I got one for PHL-MSP-SFO)

Dan

@Anonymous:
10K for Reserve.
You do need a Morgan Stanley account for their branded card.

@Oren:
Nice!

rivka

if i opened amex card in last 12 month do i get these bonus miles?

Dan

@rivka:
The only rule is that you can’t get the bonus again on the same card.
Doesn’t matter if you’ve opened other AMEX cards recently.

moish

can you have more than 1 of the same chase product at a time?

Pete

Is there a waiting period to apply for multiple Amex card?

BILL

I fly BIZ CLASS SO NO NEED FOR MANY THINGS DELTA SELLS –

TO ACTIVATE THE $100 REBATE–ONLY THING I CAN THINK OF IS A DELTA GIFT CARD — CAN THE CARD BE USED TO PAY FOR TAX OR YQ ON A DELTA FLIGT? TO GET THE 100– ANYTHING ELSE I CAN SPEND ON?

ALSO LOOKS LIKE TO ME “ANY” AMOUNT OF DELTA SPENDING WILL ACTIVATE THE $100 REBATE

chuck

@DAN

I have this card for 3 years now. It seems that the card is not worth it anymore. Which card should i switch over to??

jack

What are the benefits of medallion status?

Anonymous

I got an email with this offer and it says i earn upto 7 points on Delta purchases

Jack

Can you elaborate on the companion pass? Does it work also on award flights like sw?

Dan

@BILL:
Any of those will work and any amount will work.

@chuck:
There’s no one size fits all answer.

@Anonymous:
That’s including the 5 miles per dollar everyone earns on flights.

@Jack:
Paid flights only.

Anonymous

@Dan: So if i purchase a ticket from someone else on my delta card i will only earn 2 points?

Dan

@Anonymous:
Correct.

Sos

@dan I do a lot of spending and earn $ on selling my points, which card would you recommend opening?
(Probably cards which you can only do ones is worth waiting for the best offer )
Thanks in advance!

Ed Travel

How come you did not listed the Delta Reserve card?

Dan

@Sos:
Depends what you’re spending on.

@Ed Travel:
I’m not aware of a limited time offer for that card.

Chuck

@DAN
I have this card now for 3 years. Do i still need to keep it open?
Its not worth it right?

Anonymous

You are right about AA. Checked again today and it continues to deteriorate to the point where I’m left wondering why they don’t shut the program altogether.

Anonymous

what would I want sky pesos for? what can I do with them?

Jay

@Dan hey – looking to open the best card for miles after using up all my chase British Airways miles. Do you recommend one of these or a different one? Thanks

albert

so all these cards have the lifetime lango?

ive had these but been closed for over 12 months

yoyoyo

question- ive had in the past the delta gold business does that mean that now i can NOT get the delta platinum business?

also ive had the personal delta platinum does that mean i can NOT get the personal delta gold?

Eli

What’s the amex usual limit on account of cards or can have?
I currently have SPG personal and biz, EDP and personal plat.

Sos

@dan I do all kind of spending including the us mint and clothing manufacturers.

Dan

@Chuck:
Do you fly on Delta?

@Anonymous:
Fly places for free?

@Jay:
It’s good to have miles with several airlines and this is a good way to get Delta miles.

@albert:
Reports are that lifetime doesn’t actually mean “lifetime,” but I don’t know exactly how long the waiting period is.

@yoyoyo:
You can get the bonus for all 4 cards.

@Eli:
Currently 5 credit cards+unlimited charge cards.

@Sos:
Perhaps Freedom Unlimited?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/86570

Biz

How difficult to get a biz card for my eBay selling biz?

l

i just opened the delta platinum personal can i open the business and get the same bonus if there linked to the same sky miles acct ?

JP

What are the chances of being approved for all 4 cards today?

charles

@Dan – i have this card but rarely fly. Should i close the card and open a new amex to have an amex or take an offer from american express to switch the card to something else? Maybe take advantage of another offer?

Sos

@Dan I understand that the Freedom Unlimited is good for the long run. But don’t I earn more by opening several cards with big welcome bonuses? If yes which 3 cards have good ($ worth) welcome bonuses (if I can only make that bonus ones than I would wait for the highest offer.
Thanks for the past and the future!!!

ia

I just called Delta because I paid for an international ticket with a skymiles amex and they told me I do not get a second bag free because it is not valid on international flights (where I already get the first bag free), they said it was $100 for a second bag. Is there any way around this?

Dan

@Biz:
Not difficult.

@l:
Yes.

@JP:
Depends on your credit and other factors.

@charles:
Maybe open a Starwood card?
Not worth converting as you don’t get the signup bonus like that.

@ia:
It’s only the first bag for free.

ABE

If I have the regular Delta card, will I get the points bonuses if I upgrade? TY

Netlevy

Can I do 4BM?

Dan

@ABE:
No, new signups only.

@Netlevy:
YMMV, doesn’t hurt to try.

Chucks

We apologize that the offer you are looking for may no longer be available.
Click here to learn more and apply for the current offer.

jed

Is there something very cheap to buy from delta so that i can benefit from the $50 or $100 statement credits ?

Simon

Hi dan I wanna know so if I swipe in total 50K on the year I get 60K plus 50K that I swipe plus 10K ??

Is my calculations good?

Isaac K.

Got the Business Plat with the 70K+10MQM+$100 credit offer just now. 2:45 Central time.

faigy

hi dan,

I am looking for a new credit card and wanted advice on the best choice. My first card was the sapphire preffered, followed by the sahpire reserve and the freedom card. I am looking for a card with no annual fee for the first year, a max of 3,000 in spending for the points and something that will give travel miles. I was considering the AA advantage citi card but further examination revealed that if booking within 30 days they charge an estimated 80 dollar booking fee . I often travel last minute and need something like the chase reserve points which have been amazing. What would you recommend?

michael levy

@Oren: @Dan:

Dan on of your post you mentioned that some business cards dont effect your personnel credit report.
Can you please provide me with those business cards?

Thank you

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