How to Score Over $1,000 Worth of Delta SkyMiles With the Latest Amex Offer — Through July 28 Only

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This summer, you can earn a lot of Delta miles quickly, enough to travel across the country for just the cost of taxes and fees. That’s thanks to a slew of high welcome bonuses on several American Express credit cards.  

Delta Air Lines and American Express just launched limited-time elevated welcome offers on some of their co-branded credit cards, meaning you can earn even more bonus points in a certain timeframe if you hit the minimum spending requirements.

If you are a Delta flyer, live near a Delta hub city, or want to travel somewhere Delta flies—and if you are able to meet those spending requirements without carrying a balance—these offers can prove to be quite lucrative. They will, in fact, get you hundreds of dollars more in value, up to $480, compared to the standard bonuses for new cardmembers. With the highest of these elevated offers, you can score a haul of up to $1,080 in Delta miles, according to how we value them.  

Pro Tip

Several  of these cards are offering a statement credit after you make a Delta Air Lines purchase, so if you’re planning on flying Delta soon, this could be a great way to save some money.

The catch is that these elevated bonuses are available only to new cardmembers approved from June 17 to July 28, 2021. 

Let’s take a closer look. 

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

If you’re a new card member approved June 17 through July 28, you can earn 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, plus a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months of membership. 

The standard offer is 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, plus a $50 dining statement credit — 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, as well as on restaurants and groceries at U.S. supermarkets. It earns 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

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

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

For new cardmembers from June 17 through July 28, the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express card is offering a 90,000-mile welcome bonus after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. You can also earn $200 back in statement credits after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months of membership. The standard offer is 50,000 miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (Delta’s Medallion Qualification Miles are miles that help earn elite status on the airline) after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, plus a $100 dining statement credit. 

With the standard bonus plus those 40,000 extra miles, the new elevated offer represents a value of $1,080.   

The card carries a $250 annual fee (See rates & fees) but comes with perks like priority boarding and up to a $100 fee credit towards TSA PreCheck or Global Entry  every four years. TSA PreCheck helps flyers skip long airport security lines, while Global Entry lets flyers 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 plus 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 on your cardmember anniversary, which allows you to bring anyone with you on a round-trip domestic flight in coach 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. For new cardmembers from June 17 through July 28, it’s offering a 80,000-mile welcome offer and 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) — SkyMiles that count towards reaching elite status on Delta — if you spend $5,000 in the first three months. You can also earn up to $200 back in statement credits after you make your first Delta purchase within the first three months of card membership. 

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. 

Like with the SkyMiles Platinum card, the elevated bonus gives you $480 in value from the extra miles, and $1,080 for the total bonus.   

It has a $550 annual fee (See rates & fees) but comes with perks such as membership in Delta’s SkyClub airport lounges, plus free access to American Express’s own 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 coach class. 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. Unlike it, though, it’s offering an even higher welcome offer: 75,000 Delta SkyMiles after you spend $4,000 in the first three months of card membership, for new members approved from June 17 through July 28. You’ll also get a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months.

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 25,000 extra miles you get with the new offer are worth $300.  

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.

It 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 from June 17 through July 28 can earn 95,000 SkyMiles after spending $5,000 in purchases in the first three months, as well as a $200 statement credit after making the first Delta purchase within 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 35,000 more miles. Since we calculate that SkyMiles are worth 1.2 cents per mile, the total bonus is worth $1,140.  

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 June 17 through July 28 can earn 85,000 SkyMiles and 20,000 MQMs after spending $6,000 in the first three months of card membership. You’ll also get a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase in the first three months.

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 also 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 25,000 extra miles, the bonus is worth a total of $1,020 at our valuations. 

What to Do With 70,000 Delta SkyMiles

Even if you opt for the lowest-fee Delta Gold Card, you’ll still be earning a bonus of 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.

We also found fares ranging from 29,000 to 62,000 miles round-trip from New York to Miami for a weekend trip in July. Even if you redeemed your miles for a first-class flight, you would still have 8,000 left at these rates. And if you travel in coach class, you’ll be able to bring a companion. 

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

All information about the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card has been collected independently by NextAdvisor and has not been reviewed by the issuer.