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Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles with Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles cards

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If you’re looking for a way to earn a large influx of airline rewards to use toward free travel, the Gold Delta SkyMiles cards from American Express may be your answer.

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If you’re looking for a way to earn airline rewards to use toward free travel, the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express cards may be your answer – thanks to their welcome bonuses. Both the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card are currently offering huge introductory bonuses.

Both cards card are currently offering up to 70,000 bonus miles for new cardholders: You can earn 60,000 miles when you spend $2,000 in the first three months of card membership, plus an additional 10,000 bonus miles after your first cardmember anniversary. This is a limited-time offer, with the welcome offers set to expire on April 1, 2020.

Which Delta SkyMiles card is better in the first year?

Besides the fact that one card is designed for consumers and the other for business owners, the Delta SkyMiles Gold cards are similar products. Both cards offer 2 miles per dollar on eligible purchases made directly with Delta Airlines, 2 miles per dollar at restaurants worldwide and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. Also, neither card charges an annual fee during the first year of card membership, then $99 annually.

See how else the cards compare in the table below.

Comparing Delta SkyMiles Gold cards

Gold Delta SkyMiles card
Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card
Gold Delta SkyMiles card
Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card
Rewards rate
  • 2 miles per dollar on eligible purchases made directly with Delta
  • 2 miles per dollar at restaurants worldwide and U.S. supermarkets
  • 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases
  • Terms apply
  • 2 miles per dollar on eligible purchases made directly with Delta
  • 2 miles per dollar on eligible U.S. purchases for advertising, U.S. shipping, and restaurants worldwide
  • 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases
  • Terms apply
Introductory bonus
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 10,000 additional miles after your first cardmember anniversary
  • Offer expires 4/1/2020
  • Terms apply
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 10,000 additional miles after your first cardmember anniversary
  • Offer expires 4/1/2020
  • Terms apply
Annual fee$99, $0 intro rate in first year$99, $0 intro rate in first year
Estimated earnings in first year $1,488
(Based on $15,900 spend)
$2,015
(Based on $48,000 spend)

As you can see from the table, although the cards offer similar rewards structures, the business version offers more value in the first year of card membership.

That said, business owners typically charge a lot more on their cards than consumers, thereby earning more rewards. We estimate that the average business owner spends approximately $4,000 each month on office supplies, business travel and other company expenses – compared to the average consumer who spends around $1,325 each month on food, gas, clothing and general purchases.

Recent changes to the Delta SkyMiles cards

The Delta SkyMiles Gold cards’ introductory bonuses typically range between 30,000 and 60,000 miles.

Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
Jan. 30, 2020
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 10,000 additional miles after your first cardmember anniversary
  • Offer ends April 1, 2020
  • Terms apply
Oct. 31, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Oct. 1, 2019
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Offer ends Oct. 30, 2019
  • Terms apply
Aug. 16, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Aug. 1, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • Receive 50% back in the form of statement credits on purchases made directly with Delta within the first 3 months (up to $300 back)
  • Terms apply
July 3, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
May 30, 2019
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
April 4, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Feb. 28, 2019
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Offer ends April 3, 2019
  • Terms apply
Sept. 20, 2018
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Aug. 1, 2018
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $3,000 in the first 4 months
  • Offer ends Sept. 19, 2018
  • Terms apply
April 12, 2018
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in 3 months
March 1, 2018
  • 50,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • Additional 10,000 miles if you spend an extra $1,000 in the first 6 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in 3 months

Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
Jan. 30, 2020
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 10,000 additional miles after your first cardmember anniversary
  • Offer ends April 1, 2020
  • Terms apply
Aug. 16, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Aug. 1, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • Receive 50% cash back in the form of statement credits on purchases made directly with Delta within the first 3 months (up to $300 back) (Offer ends 8/15/19)
  • Terms apply
July 3, 2019
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
May 30, 2019
  • 70,000 miles if you spend $4,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Sept. 20, 2018
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make Delta purchase in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Aug. 1, 2018
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
April 12, 2018
  • 30,000 miles if you spend$1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in first 3 months
March 1, 2018
  • 50,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • Additional 10,000 miles if you spend an extra $1,000 in first 6 months
  • Offer ends April 11, 2018

Just keep in mind that with the higher bonuses, also come higher spend thresholds. For example, to earn the current 60,000-mile bonus, you are required to spend $2,000 in the first three months. But to earn the previous 30,000-mile bonus, you only had to spend $1,000 in the first three months.

What can you get with 70,000 SkyMiles?

While Delta offers a variety of redemption options for your SkyMiles – including merchandise and gift cards – your best option, by far, is redeeming SkyMiles for airfare on Delta or with one of Delta’s 19 SkyTeam alliance partners. The number of required miles is closely linked to the cost of the fare, and you will find a good value with most flights and fare levels. We value SkyMiles at 1.61 cents per miles on average, so 70,000 bonus miles can get you close to $1,200 worth of airfare on Delta.

Redemption optionAverage mile value (cents)Value of 70,000-mile bonus
Flights1.61$1,127
Flight upgrades2.2$1,540
Miles + Cash1$700
Pay with miles1$700
Delta Vacations1$700
Car rentals0.6$420
Delta Sky Club Membership1.1$770
Merchandise0.4$280
Gift cards0.3-0.5$210-$350
Magazines0.8$560
Experiencesvaries
Charity donation1.61$1,127

Who is eligible for the introductory bonus?

American Express has one of the strictest welcome bonus policies in the industry, restricting cardholders to earning the bonus on a particular card only once in a lifetime. If you currently own or have previously owned a Delta SkyMiles Gold card, you are not eligible for the bonus on that card.

Should you apply now?

Because American Express places a once-in-a-lifetime limit on introductory bonuses on its cards, it’s important to time your card application properly to earn the largest introductory bonus possible. With both cards’ bonuses currently at their peak, it’s a good time to apply.

See related: Delta SkyMiles guide: The best ways to earn and use Delta SkyMilesWhich Delta SkyMiles card is best for you

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