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Earn up to 30,000 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 Gold Delta SkyMiles cards from American Express may be your answer – thanks to their welcome bonuses. Both the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express currently offer 30,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 in the first three months of card membership. Additionally, each card is offering a $50 statement credit after you make your first Delta purchase 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 similar products. 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, then $95 annually.

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 after you make a Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
  • 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Annual fee$95, $0 intro rate in first year$95, $0 intro rate in first year
Estimated earnings in first year $667
(Based on $15,900 spend)
$1,329
(Based on $48,000 spend)

As you can see from the table, although the cards offer the same rewards structures, the business version offers much 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 dateIntroductory bonus
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

Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
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

As you can see, the introductory bonuses for the cards are not currently at their peak. If you are hoping to bring in the most possible points from your welcome offer, you might have to wait a few months to see if a limited-time promotion comes around. However, keep in mind that with the higher bonuses, also come higher spend thresholds. For example, to earn the 30,000-mile bonus, you are only required to spend $1,000 in the first three months. But to earn the previous 70,000-mile bonus, you had to spend $4,000 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 bonus miles can get more than $400 worth of airfare on Delta.

Redemption optionAverage mile value (cents)Value of 30,000-mile bonus
Flights1.61$483
Flight upgrades2.2$660
Miles + Cash1$300
Pay with miles1$300
Delta Vacations1$300
Car rentals0.6$180
Delta Sky Club Membership1.1$330
Merchandise0.4$120
Gift cards0.3-0.5$90-$150
Magazines0.8$240
Experiencesvaries
Charity donation1.61$483

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 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. Since the bonuses on the Gold Delta SkyMiles cards are not currently at their highest, you might want to wait until the bonuses go up 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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