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American Express launches 6 new welcome offers on Delta SkyMiles cards—here's what you need to know

Amex announced 6 new welcome offers for Delta SkyMiles credit cards, with bonuses up to 90,000.

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The limited-time offers for the Delta SkyMiles® American Express cards mentioned below are no longer available. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, credit card issuers are rolling out some of the best welcome offers we've ever seen to entice new cardholders.

On Sept. 16, American Express announced limited-time welcome bonuses on six of its co-branded Delta SkyMiles® consumer and business credit cards so you can earn extra miles on all your upcoming travel plans.

The six credit cards with raised welcome bonuses are:

  1. Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
  2. Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
  3. Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
  4. Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
  5. Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
  6. Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

You must hurry to take advantage of these offers: You have to apply and be approved by Nov. 10, 2021 in order to score the elevated welcome bonuses.

Delta SkyMiles American Express cards limited-time welcome offers

Here are the details on the new welcome offers.

The consumer credit cards

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card: New cardholders can earn 70,000 bonus miles after they make $2,000 in eligible purchases with the card within the first three months of account opening. This card is great for someone who is just getting started earning points and miles as the card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99. (See rates and fees.)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card: New cardholders can earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after they make $3,000 in eligible purchases with the card within the first three months. This card is designed for someone who travels on Delta several times per year, wants to earn Delta elite status, likes to visit the Delta SkyClub lounges and can take advantage of the companion certificate. The annual fee is $250. (See rates and fees.)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card: New cardholders can earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after they make $5,000 in eligible purchases with the card within the first three months. This card is good for frequent Delta fliers who can make use of the Delta SkyClub membership, annual companion certificate and TSA PreCheck/Global Entry credit, along with chance to earn Delta elite status with the Status Booster feature. The annual fee is $550. (See rates and fees.)

The business credit cards

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card: New cardholders can earn 70,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after they make $2,000 in eligible purchases with the card within the first three months. This card is a good choice for small business owners who travel a few times per year and want to save on checked bag fees. Similar to the consumer card, there is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99 after (see rates and fees).

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card: New cardholders can earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) plus a $100 statement credit after they make $3,000 in eligible purchases with the card within the first three months. This card is an excellent choice for business owners who want to earn Delta elite status and have someone who can use the companion certificate. The annual fee is $250 (see rates and fees).

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card: New cardholders can earn 80,000 bonus miles, 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and a $200 statement credit after they make $5,000 in eligible purchases with the card within the first three months. This card is good for business owners who want access to the Delta SkyClub lounges, can take advantage of the companion certificate and want complimentary upgrades to either Comfort Plus or First Class seats.

What to keep in mind when using Delta SkyMiles

Once you earn Delta SkyMiles, you can redeem them for free flights on Delta or any of its partners, including Air France, KLM and AeroMexico.

If you decide to redeem your airline miles for a flight, keep these few points in mind:

  • The value of your miles: As you make purchases with your Delta Air Lines American Express card and fly with Delta, you will accrue miles. While airlines and hotels do not disclose the value of their loyalty currency, many estimate Delta SkyMiles are worth roughly 1.3 cents per point. To make sure you are getting the most value of your miles, take the time to do a quick calculation:
    (Price of flight) / (Number of miles needed to book the same flight)
    If the number you get is 1.3 cents per point or above, the ticket is a great value. Anything below that you might want to shop around some.
  • Taxes: When you redeem your miles for a free flight, you will still need to pay taxes. On a domestic U.S. flight, the standard price is $5.60 for a one-way flight. On international flights, prices will vary.
  • Sales: Delta Air Lines regularly offers deals when you use Delta SkyMiles to book your flight. So if you're flexible with your travel dates and open to a potential new travel destination, consider checking out the flights on sale.
  • Driving or flying to a different airport: Sometimes referred to as a positioning flight, it may save you a significant amount of miles (or money if you book using cash) if you fly from a different airport that's a further drive from your home. For example, if you live in San Diego, it may be worth making the drive or flying to Los Angeles to get a cheaper flight out of LAX.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, click here.

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