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Delta’s AmEx Cards Get Sweeter Bonuses for Limited Time

For a limited time, new cardholders can earn more miles by hitting spending targets.
Sept. 29, 2017
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Delta Air Lines’ co-branded American Express credit cards are boosting their incentives for new cardholders, offering more frequent-flyer miles on some cards and an easier threshold for earning a bonus on another.

The new bonuses, available until November 2017:

  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express CardEarn 50,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after you spend an additional $1,000 with your new Card within your first 6 months. Offer expires on 11/8/2017.
    What’s different: The sign-up bonus is up from the previous offer of 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000. And previously, there wasn’t an opportunity to earn a second bonus by hitting another threshold.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card. Limited Time Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases with your new Card in the 1st 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card in your 1st 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months. Offer expires on 11/8/2017.
    What’s different: Before, the offer was 30,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first three months, without the chance for the additional miles. Instead, the additional bonus was earning a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with the new card within the first three months.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card. Limited Time Offer: Earn 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer ends 11/8/2017.
    What’s different: This effectively doubles the previous offer of 35,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs, although the previous spending threshold was only $1,000 in purchases in three months. The previous offer included the same $100 statement credit.

Credit card issuers periodically change their sign-up bonuses for new cardholders based on marketing objectives. That’s especially true of travel-related credit cards, which is why there can be seasonality to some bonus offers.

The extra bonus amounts announced by Delta and AmEx can be significant. For example, on the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, bonus miles rose 66%, potentially translating into hundreds of dollars’ worth of airfare depending on how miles are redeemed.

Besides earning frequent-flyer miles, airline cards can be valuable for their exclusive perk: waived checked bag fees. An exception is a new no-fee card Delta debuted earlier in September 2017. United Airlines recently introduced a new no-fee card too. Those no-fee cards don’t give you free bags.

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