Delta American Express Limited-Time Offers Up To 90,000 Miles

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American Express is running big limited-time offers for most of its Delta co-brand cards through April 28, 2021 – as much as 90,000 miles making for one of the most compelling offers we’ve seen.

The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card is the card to get for a big initial bonus at no first year cost, if you don’t fly Delta often but want some benefits on the occasion that you do.

If you do fly Delta then the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card‘s 90,000 mile initial offer is incredible, since the card can help earn Delta elite status. And the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card is great for that and lounge access, too – complimentary access into the Delta SkyClubs for you when traveling on a Delta flight, and to Centurion Lounges when you book your Delta flight with your Reserve Card.

If you want to avoid adding to your 5/24 total for Chase card approvals, American Express business cards are great for that.

In general I prefer American AAdvantage miles over SkyMiles, and bank transferable currencies especially, but the offer of as much as 90,000 miles with a new card is incredibly compelling.

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

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  1. Gene – they are worth 1 cpm at a minimum via Pay with Miles. $900 in domestic airfare (again the minimum value of the bonus) is pretty compelling

  2. @ Anthony — If you care about elite status (I guess I still care), they are worth less than 1 cpm since you do not earn MQDs. Otherwise, I agree.

  3. No, Delta. No, thanks. It’s never a good idea to rack up Delta miles and see them devalued. There are tons of other points or mileage programs that we can participate. Let’s keep our money spending somewhere else.

  4. Not sure this is big news as I got 90,000 miles for opening my Amex DL Platinum account well over a year ago. IMHO, this is the one card I likely will downgrade next year. I’m lifetime on DL so have Gold status (not much but better than nothing) after around 3 million miles. Therefore, I already have the fee waivers. Also, don’t fly DL much since live in an AA hub (have lifetime Platinum on AA). I got the card for the introductory offer alone and still have less than 100,000 points (although a lot of Membership Rewards points I could transfer to DL if needed). For me this is the one card not worth the annual fee on a recurring basis. This year it likely will be since I’ll use the companion ticket to take my 17 year old on some college visits but in the future just not worth it to me.

    Frankly, I don’t value ANY airline card very highly with the exception of those (like Citi AA executive or Amex DL reserve) that include lounge access (which alone is more than the annual fee). As for me I have the Amex Platinum so can to to Delta Skyclubs when I fly them.

  5. I wonder if AmEx is still overpaying for these, or if they’ve gotten DL down to something like 0.5 CPM or less in acquisition costs as DL has destroyed their value.

  6. With how fast they devalue these sky pesos, to be honest, they need to have at least 150K miles sign up bonus to be able to entice me to open an account. Amex should discontinue their relationship with DL. Worst partnership ever.

  7. No DL credits cards! Just charge everything (non-airline) to Chase Sapphire and you can redeem for DL flights at $0.015/point (which is 50% more than DL “pay with miles”) and you will be still getting qualification miles and dollars. And you can do this on other airlines.

  8. Delta devaluations have lost me as a customer for life.
    Scum bag airline that hates their customers.

  9. Not a huge fan of sky miles but I just booked tampa to seattle non stop for 6500 miles one way
    You can’t beat that..
    I think there will be opportunities with miles in the next year or so

  10. I used to live near SFO, then DCA/IAD, so United was the airline I used most. Now I live near SEA where Alaska and Delta are dominant. I’m not a huge fan of Alaska because they have gone all in on the 737 MAX, so Delta is now it. (There is some service by United here but they are not dominant.) The main reason for having the Delta card is not to pay for checked baggage – I do not like horsing suitcases onto an airplane. I have an Alaska card for the same reason. One trip for the two of us pays the annual fee and then some.

  11. “The main reason for having the Delta card is not to pay for checked baggage”
    Therein lies the value in an airline card if you must have one. Sans a few exceptions, airlines have devalued miles to the point they are a fools gold.

  12. If you use the link they give you while booking a flight, you can get a $200 statement credit on top of the 70k and free first year for the Gold card……

  13. If AmEx still has a policy of no bonus if you ever have had a card — ever — it should be highlighted for every story. Come on AmEx, if I had a card 20 years ago wouldn’t you want me back?

  14. @eddie – if you had a card 20 years ago, ask Amex whether they show you previously having held the card. they may, in fact, want you back.

  15. Until I see a sign they have stopped the constant devaluations I would rather just stick to the other options.

  16. Wade, thanks for the real scoop on best deal for Delta Gold CC. Why doesn’t Gary mention this option to benefit his loyal readers. Could it be he doesn’t get a referral fee if one of his readers get the extra $200.
    Yet, some other travel points writers do recommend the deal that is worse for them but better for the reader.
    Come on Gary, put your readers first, before you!

  17. Hi Gary!
    thanks for give me this new recommendation up to 9000 miles, it’s really great.
    thanks for sharing this article too 🙂

  18. Praise the Lord! I need only 120,000 Skymiles, one way per person, for access to my 2022 European cruise, with three connections, as opposed to two connections and 57,5, 000 with AAdvantage, or 77,500 on UA’s partners with one stop. Yeah, living 21 miles from ATL pays dividends with Delta?! Blat!

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