How to Score More Than $1,000 in Delta SkyMiles With the Latest Amex Offer — Through Nov. 10 Only

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If you’re looking to rack up extra Delta SkyMiles to use for upcoming travel, you’re in luck.

Delta Air Lines and American Express just launched limited-time elevated welcome offers on some of their co-branded credit cards. For the next couple months, you can earn even more bonus points after getting approved for a new Delta Amex — if your budget aligns with the minimum spending requirements.

If you’re a Delta frequent flyer, live near a Delta hub city, or want to travel somewhere Delta (or one of its global partners) flies — and you are able to meet the spending threshold on a new card without carrying a balance — these offers can prove to be quite lucrative. 

Compared to the standard bonuses for new cardmembers, you’ll earn hundreds of dollars in added value — up to $480 more. With the highest of these elevated offers, you can score a haul of up to $1,080 in Delta SkyMiles, based on our valuation at 1.2 cents apiece when redeemed for flights.  

The catch is that these elevated bonuses are available only to new cardmembers approved from Sept. 16 to Nov. 10, 2021, so you’ll want to apply sooner rather than later if these offers align with your budget and lifestyle.

Let’s take a closer look. 

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

New cardmembers approved through Nov. 10, can earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months.

This card’s standard offer is 40,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first three months — so although it’s a higher spend, there’s an opportunity to earn even more bonus points than usual. Since we consider Delta SkyMiles to be worth 1.2 cents apiece when redeemed for flights, 70,000 miles represent a value of $840.    

Some notable perks of this card include a free first checked bag on Delta flights and a 20% discount on in-flight purchases aboard flights operated by Delta. It also earns 2 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases, at restaurants, and at U.S. supermarkets. It earns 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

The Delta SkyMiles Gold card has a $99 annual fee, which is waived for the first year. (See rates & fees). 

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express card is now offering 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs)  — SkyMiles that count towards reaching elite status on Delta — after you make $3,000 in purchases with the card within the first three months.

The standard offer is 50,000 miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 dining statement credit. 

The new elevated 90,000-mile offer represents a value of $1,080, according to our valuations, even before accounting for the value of the extra MQMs.   

The card carries a $250 annual fee (See rates & fees) but comes with perks like priority boarding, first checked bag free, $39 Delta Sky Club lounge access, and up to a $100 fee credit towards TSA PreCheck or Global Entry every four years. TSA PreCheck helps you skip long airport security lines, while Global Entry members can bypass regular immigration lines into the U.S. at eligible airports; both require passing a background check. It also earns 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, and 2 miles per dollar at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets. It earns 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

The Delta Platinum American Express card also offers a companion certificate each cardmember anniversary, which allows you to bring anyone with you on a round-trip domestic flight in economy class, for the price of one ticket. 

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

This is the most expensive, and most premium, of the Delta co-branded cards. New cardmembers between Sept. 16 and Nov. 10 can earn an 80,000-mile welcome offer — a value of $960 at our calculations of 1.2 cents per mile — and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after spending $5,000 in the first three months.

The standard offer is 50,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) if you spend $3,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 dining statement credit.

The Delta Reserve is for frequent flyers and loyal Delta travelers — to make up for its $550 annual fee (See rates & fees), travel must be a big enough portion of your budget to take advantage of the card’s added benefits. It comes with perks such as membership in Delta’s SkyClub airport lounges, first checked bag free, and credit toward TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, plus free access to American Express’s Centurion Lounges when flying Delta. 

The Delta Reserve card also offers a free domestic companion ticket every year, but unlike the SkyMiles Platinum card this also applies to first class or Comfort+ bookings, not just Main Cabin fares. It earns 3 miles per dollar on all Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

The Delta Gold Business Amex offers many of the same perks as its consumer counterpart. It’s offering 70,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit after you make $2,000 in purchases with the card within the first three months. Those 70,000 miles are worth $840 according to our valuations of 1.2 cents per mile.

The standard offer is 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit after you spend $2,000 in the first three months from account opening.

The card also earns 2 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases, advertising in select media, shipping purchases, and restaurants. It earns 1 mile per dollar on everything else and carries a $99 annual fee, which is waived the first year. (See rates & fees).

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

Delta’s Platinum Business card comes with similar perks as the consumer version, as well. New cardmembers approved Sept.16 through Nov. 10 can earn 90,000 SkyMiles, 10,000 MQMs, and a $100 statement credit after you spend $3,000 with the card in the first three months.

Typically, you can earn 60,000 SkyMiles, 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in your first three months. With the limited time offer, though, you can earn 30,000 more miles. Since we calculate that SkyMiles are worth 1.2 cents per mile, this boosted bonus is worth $1,080, not including the MQMs and statement credit.

The card has a $250 annual fee (see rates & fees) and earns 3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases plus purchases made directly with hotels. It earns 1.5 miles on single eligible purchases over $5,000 (up to 50,000 additional miles per calendar year) and 1 mile per dollar on everything else

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

With the Delta Reserve Business card, you’ll also get many of the same perks as the consumer version, for the same $550 annual fee (see Rates & Fees). New cardmembers approved from Sept. 16 through Nov. 10 can earn 80,000 SkyMiles, 20,000 MQMs and a $200 statement credit after spending $5,000 in the first three months of card membership.

The card earns 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases, as well as 1.5 miles per dollar after you spend $150,000 on your card in a calendar year on eligible purchases. You’ll earn 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

The card has a standard offer of 60,000 SkyMiles, 10,000 MQMs and a $100 statement credit after you spend $4,000 in the first three months. With those 20,000 extra miles, the current 80,000-mile bonus is worth a total of $960 at our valuations.

What to Do With 70,000 Delta SkyMiles

Even if you opt for the lowest-fee card with an elevated welcome bonus, the Delta Gold Amex, you can earn up to 70,000 SkyMiles if you meet the spending requirements in the allotted time. That’s a nice stash of miles that can easily get you a free flight.

For example, you could redeem 50,000 miles to fly nonstop from New York City to Los Angeles round-trip in Main Cabin — and still have 20,000 left over.

What’s more, if you’re planning ahead for holiday travel, this limited offer could help you save. For example, if you travel between two of Delta’s hubs — Atlanta and Minneapolis — over Thanksgiving weekend, 70,000 miles will easily cover the cost of your ticket in both Main Cabin and Comfort+, and you’ll only need 4,500 more miles to fly first class.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, click here