Delta Cards Add Big-Time Limited-Time Bonuses for October 2019

In several cases, you can earn twice as many bonus miles — although the amount of spending required to earn them has gotten much bigger, too.

Paul SoucySeptember 30, 2019
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Delta Air Lines and American Express will be rolling out an extensive suite of new benefits across Delta credit cards in January 2020, but they're hoping you won't wait till then to apply. For a limited time — Oct. 1 to Oct. 30, 2019 — six of the seven cards in the Delta portfolio are substantially increasing their bonus offers for new cardholders.

In several cases, the limited-time offer effectively doubles the number of bonus miles you can earn by spending a certain amount of money within the first few months of opening your account. However, in all cases, that spending requirement is bigger, too — as much as six times as much as before.

The limited-time bonus offers are as follows:

Delta consumer credit cards

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

  • Offer available Oct. 1 to Oct. 30, 2019: 60,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. $50 Statement Credit after using the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card on a Delta purchase in the first three months. Terms apply.

  • Previous offer: Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in eligible purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms apply.

  • Difference: The new offer gives you twice as many bonus miles, although you have to spend twice as much to earn them.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

  • Offer available Oct. 1 to Oct. 30, 2019: 75,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after spending $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. $100 Statement Credit after using the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card to make a Delta purchase in the first three months. Terms apply.

  • Previous offer: Earn 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms apply.

  • Difference: You get more than twice as many bonus miles, but you'll have to spend three times as much.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

  • Offer available Oct. 1 to 30, 2019: 75,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $5,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. Terms apply.

  • Previous offer: Earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Terms apply.

  • Difference: You'll earn 88% more bonus miles, but you'll have to spend 67% more to get them.

Delta business credit cards

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

  • Offer available Oct. 1 to 30, 2019: 70,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. $50 Statement Credit after using the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card to make a Delta purchase in the first three months. Terms apply.

  • Previous offer: Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms apply.

  • Difference: To earn 40,000 more bonus miles, you'll have to spend four times as much.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

  • Offer available Oct. 1 to 30, 2019: 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $6,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. $100 Statement Credit after using the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card to make a Delta purchase in the first three months. Terms apply.

  • Previous offer: Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms apply.

  • Difference: You can get 45,000 more bonus miles, but you'll have to spend six times as much to earn them.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

  • Offer available Oct. 1 to Oct. 30, 2019: 80,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $6,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. Terms apply.

  • Previous offer: Earn 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3months.

  • Difference: Twice as many bonus miles for twice the amount of spending.

Blue card stays the same

It appears that the only Delta card that isn't getting a bonus boost in October 2019 is the entry-level, $0-annual-fee Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card. Its bonus offer is unchanged: Earn 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Terms Apply.

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