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American Express launches new benefits on Delta SkyMiles cards

Updates include refreshed rewards and perks tailored to frequent flyers

Summary

American Express has fully revamped their suite of co-branded Delta credit cards, adding new earning opportunities and perks for frequent flyers. Read on to learn more about the changes.

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American Express has announced a refresh to their suite of co-branded Delta credit cards, effective as of Jan. 30, 2020.

“This is a powerful expression of the backing we provide to our shared customers. We listened to their needs and made exciting changes to the cards that give them greater value across the board,” said Eva Reda, Executive Vice President, Global Consumer Partnerships, American Express in a press release.

The revamped cards offer expanded benefits and more potential to earn rewards. Here’s a look at the changes, at a glance.

Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card

As of Jan. 30, 2020, the Blue Delta SkyMiles card offers 2 miles per dollar at restaurants worldwide – expanding on the previous U.S. restaurants category. In addition, the card will no longer charge a foreign transaction fee.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

The Gold Delta SkyMiles card has received pretty big face-lift – introducing two all-new bonus categories. Cardholders can now earn 2 miles per dollar at U.S. supermarkets and on worldwide restaurant purchases. The card will also add a $100 credit for Delta flights when cardholders spend at least $10,000 in a calendar year.

Unfortunately, there are also some less-exciting changes. Delta Sky Club access (previously available for Gold cardholders at $29 per visit) has been removed from the card, as well as the Medallion Qualification Dollar waiver. Additionally, the annual fee increased to $99 and is no longer waived in the first year. If you are a current cardholder, the new fee will go into effect at your next account renewal.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Like the Gold card, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Amex has gotten a full makeover. The refreshed rewards rate (which kicked in Jan. 30, 2020) is as follows:

  • 3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases
  • 3 miles per dollar on directly purchased hotel stays
  • 2 miles per dollar at restaurants worldwide
  • 2 miles per dollar at U.S. supermarkets
  • 1 mile per dollar on other purchases

In addition, Platinum cardholders are eligible for a statement credit up to $100 to cover Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. On the downside, the annual fee has increased to $250. While cardholders can still access the Delta SkyClub for a per-access fee, the cost has gone up to $39 (previously $29).

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

Upgrades to the Delta Reserve Amex are sure to please frequent Delta flyers. The card now offers an increased return on Delta purchases of 3 miles per dollar (up from 2) in addition to numerous luxury perks.

Starting Jan. 30, 2020, Delta Reserve cardholders are entitled to up to four Status Boosts™ each year. This benefit makes it easier to advance through Delta Medallion status and unlock premium perks. Plus, cardholders without status will still have access to complimentary seat upgrades.

Like the Platinum, the Delta Reserve card offers a credit of up to $100 to cover the cost of a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application. Finally, the card now boasts access to the luxurious American Express Centurion Lounges – a benefit currently reserved to cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Unfortunately, these perks come at a cost – as the annual fee has increased to $550.

More rewards value for Delta loyalists

While all the Delta SkyMiles cards (with the exception of the Blue card) have raised their annual fee, the updates still offer a lot of potential value. Expanded rewards categories make it easier than ever to rack up a substantial number of SkyMiles, and added credits can help offset the cost of the annual fee.

If you are interested in one of the new offers, you can apply for one of these cards at any time. Alongside the revamp, American Express is offering valuable, limited-time introductory offers – making now a great time to sign up for one of the cards.

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