Delta Air Lines Credit Cards Boost Welcome Offers

Gregory KarpJun 17, 2021
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Delta Air Lines credit cards have raised welcome offers for new cardholders, offering thousands more Delta SkyMiles, statement credits and introductory offers as incentives to apply.

For the first time, the issuer, American Express, is offering a low introductory APR on some Delta Air Lines cards. And the cards come with a $200 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in the first three months, a substantial discount off a flight if you can book relatively soon after getting the card.

Here are the welcome offers for new holders.

Gold, Platinum cards get bigger bonuses, plus intro APR offers

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
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  • New: Earn 70,000 bonus miles when you spend $2,000 within the first three months and a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Plus, get a 0% introductory APR on purchases for 12 months from the day of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74% based on your creditworthiness and other factors. Terms apply, see rates and fees.

  • Old: Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Plus, earn up to $50 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first three months of membership.

  • Annual fee: $0 intro for the first year, then $99.

The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card is NerdWallet's award winner for Best Airline Credit Card of 2021.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
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  • New: Earn 90,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 within the first three months and a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Plus, get a 0% introductory APR on purchases for 12 months from the day of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74% based on your creditworthiness and other factors. Terms apply, see rates and fees.

  • Old: Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first three months of membership.

  • Annual fee: $250.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card
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  • New: Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 within the first three months and a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Plus, get a 0% introductory APR on purchases for 12 months from the day of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74% based on your creditworthiness and other factors. Terms apply, see rates and fees.

  • Old: Earn 50,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months.

  • Annual fee: $0 intro for the first year, then $99.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card
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  • New: Earn 95,000 bonus miles when you spend $5,000 within the first three months and a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Plus, get a 0% introductory APR on purchases for 12 months from the day of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74% based on your creditworthiness and other factors. Terms apply, see rates and fees.

  • Old: Earn 60,000 bonus miles, 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months.

  • Annual fee: $250.

High-end Reserve cards get bigger bonuses, but no intro APR offer

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

American Express Delta Reserve Credit Card
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  • New: Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) when you spend $5,000 within the first three months. Plus, a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Terms apply, see rates and fees.

  • Old: Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first three months of membership.

  • Annual fee: $550.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

American Express Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card
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  • New: Earn 85,000 bonus miles and 20,000 MQM Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) when you spend $6,000 within the first three months. Plus, a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Terms apply, see rates and fees.

  • Old: Earn 60,000 bonus miles, 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months.

  • Annual fee: $550.

How much are Delta SkyMiles worth?

Earning up to 95,000 Delta miles by opening a new card sounds like an eye-popping amount. But since Delta has no set award chart, it can be hard to know or to predict how far those miles will really take you.

NerdWallet values Delta SkyMiles at 1.3 cents each. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 1.3 cents or more in value from your Delta miles.

It can be harder to find "sweet spots" to redeem your Delta SkyMiles for outsized value since they follow a dynamic pricing model. That means that the more the flight costs in cash, the more it will generally cost using miles. But, SkyMiles can also be very flexible, since they can be used to book flights on both Delta and its 20-plus airline partners. They can also be used to upgrade existing bookings.


To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, see this page.

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