(EXPIRED) [Valid through May 5] Awesome Delta offers: up to 125K miles, up to 20K MQMs, plus statement credits

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UPDATE 4/29/21: With one exception, all of the enhanced offers that were originally reported to expire 4/29 are still available through May 5th.  The only exception is the Delta Gold Business card which has reverted to its old 50K offer.  Also note that Amex has increased the credit card limit to 5.  If you didn’t previously have a slot free for one of these great Delta credit card offers, you might now.

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The Delta credit cards are out with awesome new offers. Yes, Delta SkyMiles have devalued in many ways, but Greg recently showed how there are still ways to get good value out of Delta SkyMiles. Getting anything north of 1c each for 70K-90K SkyMiles makes for a great bonus offer that’s worth considering if you fly Delta (or just want to buy top-shelf booze in their lounges).

The Offers & Key Card Details

For more information and to find a link to apply, click a card name below to go to our dedicated Frequent Miler page for that card.

Consumer Cards

Card Offer and Details
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Credit Card from American Express

FM Mini Review: Priority boarding, and free checked bag make this a reasonably good option for Delta flyers who do not have elite status. However, those who can make use of an annual companion certificate would do better with the Delta Platinum card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dine
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta ⚬ 2x restaurants worldwide ⚬ 2x US supermarkets

Big spend bonus: $100 Delta flight credit after $10K in purchases in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Priority boarding and first checked bag free on Delta flights. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

Card Offer and Details
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Credit Card from American Express

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Dine
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Delta ⚬ 3X purchases made directly with hotels ⚬ 2X restaurants ⚬ 2X US Supermarkets

Big spend bonus: Earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K
spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) each year upon card renewal ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free on Delta flights ⚬ Terms and Limitations Apply. (Rates & Fees)

Card Offer and Details
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Credit Card from American Express
100K Miles
100K Miles after $5K spend in 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 8/24/2022)

$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]

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to four times per year ⚬ Complimentary upgrades ⚬  $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K
spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy or first class companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) after card renewal ⚬ SkyClub access ⚬ 2 Delta SkyClub one-time guest passes ⚬ Centurion Lounge access when flying Delta ⚬ Complimentary upgrades ⚬  $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free on Delta flights. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Delta Reserve complete guide

Small Business Cards

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

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

FM Mini Review: Priority boarding and first checked bag free make this a reasonably good option for Delta flyers who do not have elite status. However, those who can make use of an annual companion certificate would do better with the Delta Platinum card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dine
Brand
Other

Earning rate: 2X Delta ⚬ 2X U.S. purchases for advertising in select media ⚬ 2X U.S. shipping purchases ⚬ 2X restaurants

Big spend bonus: $100 Delta flight credit after $10K in purchases in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Priority boarding, and first checked bag free on Delta flights. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

Card Offer and Details
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
60K Miles + 5K MQMs
60K miles + 5K MQMs after $3K spend in 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

$250 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Brand
Other
1.5X
(1.8%)

Earning rate: 3X Delta ⚬ 3X purchases made directly with hotels ⚬ 1.5X on purchases of $5K or more (max 50K extra miles per year)

Big spend bonus: Spend $25,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year and earn 10,000 Medallion(R) Qualification Miles (MQMs); spend a total of $50,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in a calendar year and earn an additional 10,000 MQMs ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ Terms and limitations apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) each year upon card renewal ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free on Delta flights ⚬ Terms and Limitations Apply. (Rates & Fees)

Card Offer and Details
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
60K Miles + 10K MQMs
60K miles + 10K MQMs after $4K spend in 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]

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand
Other
1.5X
(1.8%)

Earning rate: 3X Delta ⚬ 1.5X on all spend per calendar year after spending $150K

Big spend bonus: Earn 15K MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend up to four times per year ⚬ Throughout 2021, earn an additional 3,750 MQMs with $30K in purchases up to 4 times ⚬ Medallion Qualifying Dollar waiver (up to Platinum status) with $25K spend across one or more Delta cards (or $250K spend for Diamond status) ⚬ After you spend $150K in a calendar year, earn 1.5X miles per dollar on eligible purchases for the rest of the year (excludes Delta purchases after you meet the $150K requirement) ⚬ Terms and limitations apply.

Noteworthy perks: Domestic economy or first class companion certificate (subject to taxes & fees) after card renewal ⚬ SkyClub access ⚬ 2 Delta SkyClub one-time guest passes ⚬ Centurion Lounge access when you book your Delta flight with your Reserve card ⚬ Complimentary upgrades ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ First checked bag free on Delta flights. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Delta Reserve complete guide

Quick Thoughts

These offers are fantastic. I say that as someone with no real interest in flying Delta or in Delta SkyMiles: even if you only get 1c per mile in value, you’re looking at bonuses worth $700-$1,000 on reasonable spend. Devaluations aside, you can still fly around on Delta pretty well with these bonuses.

The offers on the Reserve cards are particularly eye-popping between a large sum of miles and a pile of MQMs (and a big statement credit that isn’t even tied to making a Delta purchase on the business version). After meeting the spending requirement, one would have nearly enough miles for Silver status with Delta. Spending $30K on a Reserve card this year would give you more than enough miles for Silver and an MQD waiver up to Platinum status. And you’d be within a stone’s throw of Gold status given the bonus MQMs earned with $30K spend. If you rolled over any MQMs from last year, this could be a nice boost toward elite status without stepping on a plane, which could be very useful for Delta loyalists who find themselves temporarily grounded.

Delta SkyMiles isn’t the currency for everyone. They are becoming less and less useful for partner awards and if you’re looking to fly in international luxury, you’ll likely need far more miles than with competitors. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in domestic or North American travel, and especially if you have the flexibility to hop on unadvertised flash sales, these offers could be a great way to juice your balance.

I’ll continue to give SkyMiles a pass myself, but these new offers did raise my eyebrow, which is something to say for Delta. Overall, it’s great so see the huge welcome offers continue to come out on different cards – hopefully this is a sign of more similar good offers to come.

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Wolf

Saw minutes ago a signup offer 125k plus 10k MQM (after 5k spend in 3 months) for the Reserve Card using MS Edge…
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Captain Greg

Got the 50k + $200 upgrade offer to delta platinum card. Is it generally better to do this or just do a new application for the 90k + $200 offer?

Greg The Frequent Miler

It depends whether you’re worried about staying or getting under 5/24. The upgrade won’t add a new account to your credit report, but the new application offers a much higher welcome bonus. If you’ve had the Platinum card before, then the upgrade option is really your only option.

Captain Greg

I haven’t had the delta platinum card before, but hasn’t the “one bonus per lifetime” been determined to be more like “one bonus per every ~7 years (when your account drops off Amex’s records)?”

Greg The Frequent Miler

Yes and sometimes they forget in less than 7 years: https://frequentmiler.com/bending-amexs-lifetime-rule/

Cameron

Got a Reserve upgrade offer of 60k miles and $300 statement credit. If I’m thinking of getting the reserve anyway, is this worth it? seemed like a good offer to me.

Greg The Frequent Miler

That’s a great upgrade offer, but it would mean that you wouldn’t qualify for the 20K MQM bonus that’s available through the signup offer. If the MQM bonus isn’t important to you, then it can make sense to go for the easier upgrade option instead of applying new.

Parts Unknown

30k MR referral, soft pull, doesn’t affect 5/24, $0 AF 1st yr & $50 CB. No brainer.
Oh, I guess it comes with 70k Delta Zimbabwe dollars too… Nothing’s perfect I guess.

Rjb

90k SkyPesos can get a free tucket from Jacksonville to Atlanta. BFD.

Mark

If you’re using miles, the ticket isn’t “free.” You’re paying with miles.

Maurice

I agree the cheap domestic redemptions are the way to go, as long as your city offers enough connectivity. I have a stash from previous a Delta Gold elevated signup bonus in the past. I have found some great redemptions for smaller ski city airports last year, as well as for next season. I recently booked SAN-BZN for 10,000 SkyMiles roundtrip for January 2022; it came out to almost a 2 cpp value.

NK3

Great find! I am heading to Hawaii next week, and getting about 2.5-3 ccp with the recent flash sale where roundtrip tickets were as low as 10K Skymiles.

Paul

I totally agree. The best use of SkyMiles is for domestic sales. Im searching for flight from Boston to Alaska during June and found a couple dates where its 24,000 SkyMiles round trip, which were almost 1.8 cpp value, basic economy, but totally worth it!

George

That’s just sad though. AA miles can still get you to Europe in business for 55k each way, United is a little worse but pretty close. Why deal with SkyPesos?

Christian

You had me until Delta.

ABC

Stockholm syndrome comes to mind.
I still have 6 figure skypesos left from the SunTrust DL debit card days. Very hard to burn even after numerous devaluations.