Get up to 70,000 bonus miles with AmEx Delta SkyMiles cards for a limited time
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American Express is running a special promotion from March 1 until April 11, 2018 that doubles the sign-up bonuses for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles and Gold Delta SkyMiles cards. The Platinum Delta SkyMiles card now offers cardholders 70,000 bonus miles when they spend $3,000 in the first three months, while the Gold Delta SkyMiles offers cardholders 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and an additional 10,000 bonus miles when they spend an extra $1,000 in the first six months – for a total of up to 60,000 bonus miles.
Additionally, American Express has increased the sign-up bonuses for the business versions of these cards through April 11, 2018. Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business cardholders can earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. Gold Delta SkyMiles Business cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and an additional 10,000 bonus miles after making an extra $1,000 in purchases in the first six months.
Which Delta SkyMiles card is better in the first year?
Along with sign-up bonuses, the Platinum and Gold Delta SkyMiles cards offer a variety of ways to earn rewards. Both cards, for example, offer 2 miles per dollar on purchases made directly with Delta Airlines and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. The Platinum Delta SkyMiles card also offers an annual bonus of 10,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $25,000 in a calendar year, and an additional 10,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs (for a total of 20,000 miles and 20,000 MQMs) after spending $50,000 in a calendar year.
But with the card’s platinum status, also comes a platinum price tag – The Platinum SkyMiles card charges $195 annually, while the Gold card waives its annual fee of $95 the first year.
See how these cards compare in the table below.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles vs. Gold Delta SkyMiles
Platinum Delta SkyMiles card
Gold Delta SkyMiles card
|Annual fee||$195||$95, waived first year|
|Estimated earnings in first year ($15,900 spend)||$844||$447|
If you can afford the $195 annual fee and the $3,000 spend requirement in the first three months to receive the card’s sign-up bonus, the Platinum SkyMiles card offers almost double the value of the Gold card in the first year. Moreover, if you are a heavy spender who plans to charge an additional $50,000 in a calendar year, you can potentially earn more than 90,000 bonus miles and 30,000 MQMs in the first year alone.
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 1.35 cents per miles on average, so 70,000 miles can get you around $945 worth of airfare on Delta.
|Redemption option||Average mile value||Value of 70,000-mile sign-up bonus|
|Flight upgrades||2.2 cents||$1,540|
|Delta Sky Club membership||1.1 cents||$770|
|Car rentals||0.6 cent||$420|
|Gift cards||0.3-0.5 cent||$210-$350|
|Charity donation||1.35 cents||$945|
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 or Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, you are not eligible for the bonuses on those cards.
Additionally, American Express must receive your card application by April 11, 2018 to be eligible for the limited-time promotion.
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 sign-up bonus possible. That said, because the Platinum and Gold Delta SkyMiles cards are currently offering their highest sign-up bonuses, now is an ideal time to apply for either card.
Additionally, if you are considering the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, keep in mind that you must spend $50,000 in a calendar year to receive the card’s highest possible annual bonus. Since a calendar year is from January 1 through December 31, the earlier in the year you apply for the card, the more time you’ll have to reach the required spend threshold.
Just be sure to apply for either card by April 11, 2018 to take advantage of the promotional offer.
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