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Delta introduces a 15% discount on award flights for eligible SkyMiles American Express cardholders

Your Delta miles just became more valuable thanks to this new card perk.

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Today, Delta Airlines is rolling out a new benefit for certain cobranded SkyMiles American Express cardholders.

Eligible Delta SkyMiles American Express cardholders now have access to "TakeOff 15," a new perk that offers a 15% discount when using miles to book Award Travel on Delta flights through delta.com and the Fly Delta app. Discount not applicable to partner-operated flights or to taxes and fees. This is great news for anyone with an eligible card because now your Delta SkyMiles will stretch a bit further.

Below, CNBC Select breaks down which cards qualify for the new benefit and the other perks and welcome offers currently available for the Delta SkyMiles American Express consumer and business cards.

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15% award flight discount for Delta Amex cardholders

The new TakeOff 15 perk applies to Delta award flights booked through Delta.com or the Fly Delta app. The discount only applies to Delta flights, not partner airline-operated award flights you book through Delta. Best of all, CNBC Select has confirmed that this is a discount and not a rebate. Discount not applicable to partner-operated flights or to taxes and fees.

That means you'll actually need fewer miles to book your next award and it effectively increases the value of Delta miles. For example, if a Delta flight costs 50,000 miles, you'll only need 42,500 miles in your account to book the award.

The TakeOff 15 perk is being added to almost all consumer and business Delta SkyMiles American Express cards, including:

Plus, if you're not already a cardholder, they all have new limited-time welcome offers that you can take advantage of.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 2X Miles on Delta purchases, at U.S. Supermarkets and at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and 1X Mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 40,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.

  • Annual fee

    $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $150

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 2X miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta and on every eligible dollar spent at restaurants, 2X miles per dollar spent on purchases at U.S. Shipping providers and at U.S. providers for Advertising in select media on up to $50,000 of purchases per category, per year. Earn 1X mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 55,000 Bonus Miles after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership

  • Annual fee

    $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $150

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 3X miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels; 2X miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets; 1X mile on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.

  • Annual fee

    $350

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 3X miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta and on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with hotels. Earn 1.5X miles* on eligible transit and U.S. shipping purchases, plus single eligible purchases of $5,000 or more. If your purchase qualifies for a category that has a higher mileage accelerator, only the higher accelerator will apply. 1X mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 65,000 Bonus Miles after spending $6,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.

  • Annual fee

    $350

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% Variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.

  • Annual fee

    $650

  • Intro APR

    N/A

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles after spending $10,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. 

  • Annual fee

    $650

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

The one major exception is the no annual fee (see rates and fees) Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card, which will not have access to the TakeOff 15 perk.

Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 2X miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases, 2X miles per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide; plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and 1X mile per dollar on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 6 months.

  • Annual fee

    $0

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    20.99% - 29.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Bottom line

There's a new benefit available for most Delta SkyMiles American Express cardholders. Now, new and existing eligible Delta cardholders will get a 15% discount when booking Delta-operated award flights. This means you'll need fewer miles to book your next Delta award and any Delta miles you earn are worth more if you have one of the Delta consumer or business cards with this perk.

The new benefit joins a range of other perks available to eligible cardholders, such as free checked bags on Delta flights, discounts on in-flight purchases and annual companion certificates.

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

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.

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the Select editorial staff’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any third party.
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