Wow: 125K Delta miles + 10K MQMs with targeted offer


Some people are seeing an awesome new offer on the Delta Reserve credit card this morning that’s good for 125,000 miles and 10K MQMs after spending just $5,000 (note that the card does have a $550 annual fee). While Delta miles may not be as valuable as others for booking international premium cabins with partners, that quantity of miles could certainly buy a lot of flying on Delta and looks like a terrific return on spend for those interested in flying Delta. It’s a targeted offer, so it may not be available to everyone and it is structured a bit differently than the best publicly-available offer, so it’s worth doing the math to figure out whether it is worth it to you if targeted.

The Deal

  • There is a new targeted offer for the Delta Reserve card that’s good for 125,000 SkyMiles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $5,000 in purchases within your first 3 months. Note that this is targeted, but you can try this link to see if you are targeted.

Quick Thoughts

A reader reported seeing this last night. While I didn’t see the increased offer right away, Greg did see it when he opened it up this morning. I then remembered that sometimes stuff gets cached in my browser and I might just be seeing the offers I had earlier seen, so I tried a fresh window and then saw the offer above. Since I am constantly checking things on the site to make sure that they work for all users, I keep a number of web browsers loaded.

Note that the offers on the Gold and Platinum cards are not interesting because the current referral offers for those cards are even better (you’ll find the best publicly-available offers on our Best Offers page). However, this is the best offer we’ve seen in terms of redeemable miles on the Reserve card.

Assuming you’re able to get even 1.2c per mile out of your Delta miles, the bonus here would get you $1500 in airfare. That would be well worth the $550 annual fee even if you didn’t value the card’s other perks, which are plentiful:

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


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

All that said, keep in mind that the current referral offer on this card is still good for 80K redeemable miles, 20K MQMs, and a $200 statement credit for home furnishings. If you highly value MQMs, maybe that offer makes more sense. Given the way Delta is juicing elite earnings on flights right now, including award flights, I think most would likely make out better with the additional redeemable miles unless they are using a household member’s referral link to generate a large referral bonus for Player 2. YMMV.

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