By Michael Grace | American Express Credit Intel Freelance Contributor
7 Min Read | November 1, 2021 in Cards
American Express offers four different Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards, each with its own unique perks.
Depending on the Card, benefits include double or triple miles in certain spending categories, complimentary companion tickets, airport lounge access, and Medallion® Status miles.
Whatever your travel and spending habits are, there’s a card to fit your needs.
Take a moment. Close your eyes. Drift off to your happy place. Maybe there’s a beach to lay on and crystal blue water to swim alongside tropical fish. Maybe there’s a mountain to climb, an exotic land to discover, or gourmet delicacies you typically only get to sample by scrolling through your social media feed.
Now, open your eyes and learn about the ways Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Cards help get you there. Whether you have a tried-and-true annual vacation destination or are crossing locations off your travel bucket list, there’s a Delta Card ready to help you revive your passion for adventure and experiences that take you beyond a walk around the neighborhood.
Terms apply to all benefits for the airline Credit Cards listed below and all offers listed are subject to change.
The answer to that question differs for everyone. Perhaps the better question this: Which Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Card best suits my lifestyle, personal finances, and travel dreams?
There are four different American Express Cards that earn Delta SkyMiles:
Each Card has its own set of benefits and perks to match a variety of travel preferences. Read on to compare the four Delta SkyMiles Cards so you can choose the one that aligns with your needs and lifestyle.
The Delta SkyMiles® Blue Card has no annual fee.1 Card Members earn two miles per dollar on restaurant spending, which includes takeout and delivery purchases, and 1X miles on all other eligible purchases. You also can benefit from using the Delta SkyMiles® Blue Card to make Delta-related purchases:
What’s more, new Delta SkyMiles® Blue Card Members can earn 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on the Card within the first three months of Card Membership. That’s a sizable start toward racking up the requisite miles needed for a free flight to your preferred destination – free, of course, except for government taxes and fees.
Infrequent travelers may find the Delta SkyMiles® Blue Card ideal for their lifestyle. With no annual fee,1 it helps long-haulers accumulate miles over time for that “one big trip.” Oh, hello, 10-year wedding anniversary that you started earning miles for when you celebrated your fifth anniversary!
Those who travel a bit more often may lean toward the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Credit Card, as it offers ways to earn miles faster. Plus, there’s no annual fee in the first year, and then $99 after that.2
For a limited time, new Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card Members can earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on the Card within their first three months of Card Membership – to help you return to travel sooner. Depending on where and when you travel, that could cover the cost of a ticket, not counting relevant taxes and fees. Offer ends November 10, 2021. Delta SkyMiles Gold members can also check their first bag on Delta flights for free, as long as it isn’t overweight or oversized according to Delta’s standards. Like the Delta SkyMiles® Blue Card, Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card Members can use Pay with Miles, earn 2X miles on airline tickets purchased directly with Delta, and get 20% off in the form of a statement credit on eligible Delta in-flight purchases when using their Card.
And even when you aren’t on the go, the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card can help you get ready for your next trip with 2X miles at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets. All other eligible purchases earn 1X miles. To top it off, if you put $10,000 or more in purchases on your Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card in a calendar year, you can earn a $100 Delta Flight Credit to use toward future travel.
The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card has a $250 annual fee3 and offers a number of benefits and perks that favor the more frequent traveler. Think: bigger opportunities to earn more SkyMiles and annual complimentary companion certificates. For example, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum earns Card Members:
The limited-time welcome offer for new Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Card Members includes 90,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on the Card the first three months after account opening – plus 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs). Offer ends November 10, 2021.
What are MQMs, you ask? Medallion is Delta’s four-tiered rewards system that offers an array of exclusive luxury perks, ranging from free upgrades and fee waivers to priority security line access and travel vouchers. MQMs are different from SkyMiles; they’re earned based on the distance you fly and the fare class of your ticket. For more on MQMs, read Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Card Members who spend $25,000 in purchases on their Card also earn 10,000 MQMs, up to twice per calendar year.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Card Members also can Pay with Miles, get 20% off eligible Delta in-flight purchases when they pay with their Card, and get their first checked bag free. But the Card also offers additional perks, including:
Avid travelers who want enhanced travel comfort need look no further than the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card. While the Card offers standard Delta benefits like the ability to Pay with Miles and 20% savings on in-flight purchases when using their Card, its $550 annual fee4 emphasizes luxury travel. For example, by spending at least $25,000 on the Card every year, your MQM requirement towards Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion status will be waived.
And for a limited time, new Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members can receive a welcome offer of 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 MQMs after spending $5,000 in purchases on the Card in the first three months of Card Membership. Offer ends November 10, 2021. But that’s not the only way you can earn SkyMiles and MQMs. With the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card, you can earn 3X miles on Delta purchases made directly with Delta and 1X miles on all other spending.
Plus, with the Status Boost® benefit, you’ll earn 15,000 MQMs after spending $30,000 on purchases on the Card in a calendar year, up to four times. And if you spend $25,000 or more in a calendar year, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card Members can have their Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement waived for Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion Status.
Finally, the Delta SkyMiles® American Express Reserve Card offers a suite of other benefits and perks, including:
The right Delta SkyMiles American Express Card for you depends on, well, you. Some Cards favor the casual traveler in terms of annual fees and miles-earning bonus categories, and others present more exclusivity and luxury perks for the frequent flier. Merge your travel desires with your finances and spending habits to help you choose one of the four Delta Cards that works best for you.
1 For more on Rates and Fees for the Delta SkyMiles® American Express Blue Card, click here.
2 For more on Rates and Fees for the Delta SkyMiles® American Express Gold Card, click here.
3 For more on Rates and Fees for the Delta SkyMiles® American Express Platinum Card, click here.
4 For more on Rates and Fees for the Delta SkyMiles® American Express Reserve Card, click here.