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This limited-time offer for the Delta Air Lines cards expired in November 2017. For current offers, see our pages for the Best Airline Credit Cards.

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 for a limited time:

  • Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after spending $1,000 in 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 your first 3 months. Terms Apply. 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.
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms Apply. (This offer is no longer valid on our site) In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires on 11/8/2017.
    What’s different: Previously, the spending requirement was $4,000 in four months for the same bonus, as well as four months for the same statement credit.
  • Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express. Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms Apply. 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.
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express. Earn 35,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Terms Apply. 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 Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, bonus miles rose 66%, potentially translating into hundreds of dollars’ worth of airfare depending on how miles are redeemed. NerdWallet values Delta SkyMiles at 1.7 cents each on average, making the new bonus worth $850, up from $510.

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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