(EXPIRED) Delta increased offers: As many as 90K miles or up to 20K MQMs with new offers

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For those chasing Delta redeemable miles and Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), big offers are back good for as many as 90,000 Delta SkyMiles or up to 20,000 MQMs on the various Delta SkyMiles American Express cards. Keep in mind that 2021 MQMs roll over into 2022, so these could make for solid opportunities for those chasing elite status.

That’s Greg’s “intimidated” face because he knows that soon he’ll have to duke it out with me for that upgrade.

The Offers]

Click the card names below to go to our Frequent Miler Thesecard pages for these cards for more information and to find a link to apply.

Consumer Cards

Card Offer
Card Offer
Card Offer
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]

Business Cards

Card Offer
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

Card Offer
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

Card Offer
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]

Key Card Details

Consumer Cards

Card Name w Details & Review (no offer)
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.


Annual Fee: First year free, then $99

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 Name w Details & Review (no offer)
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


Annual Fee: $250

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 Name w Details & Review (no offer)
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Credit Card from American Express

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.


Annual Fee: $550

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

Business Cards

Card Name w Details & Review (no offer)
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

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.


Annual Fee: First year free, then $99

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 Name w Details & Review (no offer)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

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


Annual Fee: $250

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 Name w Details & Review (no offer)
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

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.


Annual Fee: $550

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

I’ve not been tempted by the Delta credit cards in the past, but I am starting to warm up to them. The reason for that is two-fold.

First, I have more of an eye toward domestic travel than international over at least the next year given the constantly-changing protocols for international travel. Delta miles tend to be most valuable for flying on Delta whether that be taking advantage of flash sales or for general domestic flights. While we’ve long been Southwest loyalists thanks to the Companion Pass, there are more and more times where Delta miles might make more sense for domestic trips given Delta’s highly variable pricing.

The second reason I am suddenly more interested in Delta credit cards is because I now have Delta Gold status through January 2023 and a decent jump on requalifying in 2022. If I switch focus toward flying Delta for my domestic trips, and especially if Delta continues offering big bonuses for flying on their flights, I could see a fairly easy path to Platinum in 2022 given the rollover miles and the big MQMs bonuses possible with the Reserve cards. I imagine others may be in a similar situation.

While none of the Delta credit cards are particularly rewarding for everyday spend, spend on any of them can count toward an MQD waiver. As a reminder, that requires $25K spend in a calendar year for an MQD waiver for up to Platinum status (you’d need to spend $250K for an MQD waiver for Diamond status).

That said, I may wait around and hope to see another similar offer in 2022 so that I can work toward that 2022 MQD waiver while working on the spend for the welcome bonus. On the other hand, though we’ve now seen the 20K MQM bonuses on the Reserve cards a couple of times, I’m not sure it’s worth gambling on their return. We’ll see.

Overall, these bonuses are quite strong. Delta miles are typically worth more than 1c each toward Delta domestic economy class airfare, so you’re looking at bonuses that can be worth north of $1K in Delta flights with these offers. I typically prefer earning a transferable currency and using my miles for international premium cabin trips on partner airlines, but in an era where more of my travel is likely to be domestic than international, these offers are more appealing than they once were.

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