Earn 30,000 bonus miles with AmEx Delta SkyMiles cards

American Express Delta SkyMiles

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If you’re looking for a way to earn airline rewards to use toward free travel, the Delta SkyMiles cards from American Express may be your answer. The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express both currently offer 30,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 in the first three months of card membership. Additionally, each card offers a $50 statement credit when you make your first Delta purchase using the card in the first three months.

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 Gold Delta SkyMiles cards are very similar products. In addition to offering 30,000-mile welcome bonuses, both cards offer 2 miles per dollar on purchases made directly with Delta Airlines and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. Also, neither card charges an annual fee during the first year of card membership.

See how else the cards compare in the table below.

Comparing Gold Delta SkyMiles cards

  Gold Delta SkyMiles card
Gold Delta SkyMiles card
Gold Delta SkyMiles card
Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card
Rewards rate
  • 2 miles per dollar on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases
  • Terms apply
  • 2 miles per dollar on purchases made directly with Delta
  • 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases
  • Terms apply
Introductory bonus
  • 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
  • Terms apply
  • 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
  • Terms apply
Annual fee $95, waived first year $95, waived first year
Estimated earnings in first year  $799
(Based on $15,900 spend)
$1,329
(Based on $48,000 spend)

As you can see from the table, although the Gold Delta SkyMiles cards share identical introductory bonuses and rewards structures, the business version offers far 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 Gold Delta SkyMiles cards’ introductory bonuses typically range between 30,000 and 60,000 miles.

Gold Delta SkyMiles card bonus history

Change date Introductory bonus
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
Nov. 9, 2017
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in first 4 months
Sept. 27, 2017
  • 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
July 6, 2017
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in 4 months
May 25, 2017
  • 60,000 miles if you spend $3,000 in the first 4 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in 4 months

Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card bonus history

Change date Introductory bonus
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

As you can see, the introductory bonuses for these cards are currently at their lowest. However, keep in mind that with the lower bonuses, also come lower spend thresholds. For example, to earn the previous 60,000-mile bonus, you were required to spend $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. But to earn the current 30,000-mile bonus, you only have to spend $1,000 in the first three months.

What can you get with 30,000 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 1.35 cents per miles on average, so 30,000 miles can get you a little more than $400 worth of airfare on Delta.

Redemption option Average mile value (cents) Value of 30,000-mile sign-up bonus
Flights 1.61 $483
Flight upgrades 2.2 $660
Miles + Cash 1 $300
Pay with miles 1 $300
Delta Vacations 1 $300
Car rentals 0.6 $180
Delta Sky Club Membership 1.1 $330
Merchandise 0.4 $120
Gift cards 0.3-0.5 $90-$150
Magazines 0.8 $240
Experiences varies --
Charity donation 1.61 $483

Who is eligible for the sign-up bonus?

American Express has one of the strictest sign-up 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 Gold Delta SkyMiles 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 sign-up bonuses on its cards, it’s important to time your card application properly to earn the largest introductory bonus possible. That said, since the 30,000-mile bonuses are currently at their lowest, it may be best to hold off until they increase again.

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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Updated: 12-11-2018