Good news for Delta frequent flyers and those who have never owned this card in the past!
The Delta Amex Gold card, which carries a regular sign up offer of 30k Delta Skymiles, has been bumped up to to 50k miles after making $2k in purchases in the first 3 months, which is the highest this offer has been in recent years. There is even an added incentive of a $50 statement credit when you make any Delta purchase within the same time period (purchase can be on gift cards, food/drinks/movies in flight, or aything that codes Delta Airlines as the merchant). Amex usually seems to run this promo around the beginning of the summer, so while this bump up offer is not a huge surprise it IS a ood opportunity for Delta Amex newbies to get in on the gravy train. Note that because Amex has a once per lifetime bonus rule on all of its personal cards, if you have owned this card before, you cannot get it again and get the bonus. Overall, a solid credit card offer that does not get much better for this airline and is worth considering if you don’t already own a Delta Amex Gold.
Here are some of the benefits of the card:
- $0 Annual Fee the first year, then $95 after
- Priority boading when using the card to purchase Delta flights
- No Forex fees
- First checked bag free (normally checked bags cost $25/each)
50,000 Skymiles is actually quite a bit if you know how to use them — they are often dubbed “Skypesos” because of the lousy redemptions internationally, however, I’ve found great value on some domestic routes using Delta, especially on flights leaving into or out of their key hub cities: Atlanta, Cincinatti, New York JFK, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Memphis.
Furthermore, Delta is part of the Skyteam alliance, which can sometimes allow you to use your Skymiles to book partner awards on other Skyteam airlines including Air France and KLM. Here are the other SKyteam partners:
- Frstly, its important to note that in key hub markets, Delta can be an excellent airline. Out of the big 3 USA carriers (American, United, Delta), I would HANDIDLY choose to fly Delta above the others. Their Delta One product is better, they have a great app, and their lounges are ones you actually want to be in
- Get this card if you have never had this product before, are interested in flying routes that Delta services, and fly other airlines often on Skyteam prtners
- Delta might not be the most convenient airline in some markets, but they are certainly a large enough US carrier to be useful to you down the line no matter where you are in the US
- There is also a business version of this card, however it is still at the standard 30k signup bonus level. If you are thinking of applying for the business card as well to total your sign up bonus miles to 80k, I would wait until the 50k bonus offer for the business version comes along, as it often does at least once a year
Happy travel hacking!