As part of a limited-time offer, American Express has increased the bonus for several of their Delta Airlines cards. There are now three different options, each with a higher signup bonus than usual.
- Gold Delta SkyMiles®Credit Card
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card
For the next few weeks (or less, depending on when you’re reading this), you can earn an improved signup bonus on any of them.
In addition to the improved signup bonuses, the cards also offer the following benefits:
- Get a free checked bag every time you fly as long as you keep the card
- Enjoy priority boarding privileges for as long as you keep the card
- Earn a $50 statement credit (on either of the Gold cards) or a $100 statement credit (on the Platinum card)
- There are no foreign transaction fees on any of the cards
- The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year on the two Gold cards (it’s not waived on the Platinum one, because that one provides an additional 10,000 points)
If you’re a loyal Delta flyer, the Platinum card may very well be worth it for you. If you’re not, then you’d be better served with saving the annual fee and applying for either or both of the Gold cards.
In fact, if you’re going to apply for the Gold Delta SkyMiles card, you might as well apply for the Business version too. I’d recommend doing so on the same day to minimize the credit impact. Chances are, you’ll be approved for one of them and the second one will go into review. You can then call AmEx to request manual approval for the second one.
Following this strategy, you’ll have 100,000 new SkyMiles after you complete the minimum spending requirements.
Note, however, that none of these are the best card for everyday use. That’s still the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which offers 40,000 50,000 points for initial signup and then double points for all dining + travel spend.
The best play for most of us is to get one or two updated Delta cards for the limited-time signup bonus, meet the minimum spend, and then revert to using other cards on an ongoing basis.