Delta SkyMiles® Blue Credit Card from American Express

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Card Details and Application Link
Delta SkyMiles® Blue Credit Card from American Express

FM Mini Review: This card offers an OK welcome offer for a no-fee card, but many/most other cards offer better return for spend.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dine
Brand

Earning rate: 2X restaurants worldwide ⚬ 2X Delta ⚬ 1X on all other eligible purchases

Noteworthy perks: 20% statement credit on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and headsets Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

Overview

The Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express is the only Delta card with no annual fee. It offers 2 miles per dollar at restaurants. Unfortunately, the only Delta perk this card offers is a 20% statement credit on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and headsets. In other words it does not offer free checked bags or priority boarding.

Application Tips


Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at earning a new welcome bonus offer. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application, and if you already have an Amex card, they won't usually issue a hard pull when approved for another one. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from earning a welcome bonus offer for the card if you apply now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 90 Day Rule: You can get at most two credit cards within 90 days. This rule does not apply to Pay Over Time (charge) cards.

  • 5 credit card max: Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards or 10 or more charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)


How to Meet Spend Requirements

In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting their money back. These techniques are referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their welcome offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus offer. For example, most new cardmember bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount do NOT include fees or interest charges, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Related Cards (Delta SkyMiles)

Card Offer
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
50K Miles + $50
50K miles + $50 statement credit after $2K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

Recent better offer: 75K

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
60K miles + 5K MQMs + $100
60K miles + 5K MQMs + $100 statement credit after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

$250 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 90K + 10K MQMs

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Credit Card from American Express
50K miles + 5K MQMs + up to $100 in statement credits
50K miles + 5K MQMs after $2K in purchases in the first 3 months plus up to $100 in statement credits for purchases at US restaurants in the first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$250 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
60K miles + 10K MQMs + $100
60K miles + 10K MQMs + $100 statement credit after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 85K miles + 20K MQMs + $200 statement credit after $5K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. [Expired 8/25/21]

Delta SkyMiles® Blue Credit Card from American Express
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Credit Card from American Express
50K miles + 10K MQMs + $100
50K miles + 10K MQMs after $5K spend in the first 3 months + $100 back on US restaurant spend in first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 80K miles + 20K MQMs after $5K spend in the first 3 months + up to $200 statement credit for purchases at select US furnishings stores in first 3 months. [Expired 5/5/21]

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