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Sept. 17, 2018
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The offer described in this article expired on Sept. 20, 2018, and this page is out of date. See our details page for the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card for the current offer.

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Through Sept. 19, 2018, you can get up to 70,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles if you sign up for the right card.

The details

The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card normally comes with a 35,000-mile welcome bonus, but this promotion doubles that offer.

While the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card comes with an annual fee, perks like an annual companion certificate, which works like a buy-one-get-one-free deal, can make that fee worthwhile.

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The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, which has an annual fee of $0 intro for the first year, then $99, also has a welcome bonus that expires soon. Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months, Offer Expires 10/28/2020. Terms Apply.

Both cards pay you 1 SkyMile per dollar spent on most purchases and 2 SkyMiles per dollar when you use the card to buy travel directly from Delta. And you’ll get a free checked bag and priority boarding.

In the wild

Here are a few sample fare searches to help put these welcome bonuses in perspective: Book San Francisco to Maui midweek in early December and you’ll find seats starting at 36,000 miles round trip. This means after you’ve met that initial spend for the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, you could have enough SkyMiles for two round-trip tickets to Hawaii.

In mid-October, seats for a route like Houston to Seattle start at around 23,000 miles, while New York to London starts at around 36,000 miles. Your new Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card could get you and a friend to Europe and back for free.

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