Delta flies hundreds of routes from its Atlanta hub per day, and its one of the busiest airports in the world. If you are a frequent flyer out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and you are not a current cardholder of one of American Expresss Delta SkyMiles credit cards, now is the time to act.
Thats because Deltas three main credit cards are currently offering some of the highest welcome bonuses weve ever seen.
Here are the three Delta credit cards you need to know about if you fly out of Atlanta — and a great non-branded option:
Typically, credit cards with lucrative bonus offers require a spending threshold of a few thousand dollars within the first few months of account opening. With the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express, you only need to spend $2,000 on purchases after opening the card in the first three months to qualify for the welcome bonus.
With that, youll receive 60,000 bonus miles to redeem on any Delta flight, which is enough for a round trip flight within the US or even to Europe. Plus, get a $50 statement credit when you make any Delta purchase in the first three months.
Youll also receive benefits like no annual fee for the first year (and then an annual fee of $95 thereafter), 2x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta-related purchases, and a free checked bag for yourself and up to eight companions traveling on the same reservation every time you fly Delta. You will also benefit from an exclusive Delta Sky Club per-visit rate of $29 and car rental loss and damage insurance.
If you are looking for even more great benefits and insurance protection, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express might be a good option for you.
As a welcome bonus for new cardholders, you can earn 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 75,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases in your first three months of opening the card. Plus, get a $100 statement credit when you make any Delta purchase in the first three months.
Even more, you stand to earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta-related purchase (i.e., an in-flight purchase or ticket) within the first 3 months of holding the card. With the 75,000-mile offer, the bonus could be worth $1,000 or more depending on how you use it. You can come out way ahead even considering the $195 annual fee.
One of the best benefits of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card is that youll receive an annual companion certificate that is valid for round-trip domestic travel for a companion for only the cost of taxes and fees. This benefit alone, if used each year, will easily cover the cost of the annual fee.
Other perks of this card include a miles boost of 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 10,000 bonus miles after you reach $25,000 in eligible purchases on your card in the calendar year, a further bonus 10,000 MQMs and bonus miles after spending $50,000 in eligible purchase within a calendar year, and a Delta Sky Club exclusive per-visit rate of $29.
With a hefty $450 annual fee, the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express is not for everyone. This card is mainly for travelers who solely fly Delta, and for travelers who fly often. One of the main reasons to consider this card is because of its exclusive perk providing Complimentary Sky Club Access.
Other notable perks include a miles boost of 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 15,000 bonus miles after you reach $30,000 in eligible purchases on your card in the calendar year (and another 15,000 MQMs and bonus miles after reaching $60,000), and a spot on the priority upgrade list.
However, the welcome bonus is the same as the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card — 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles and 75,000 Bonus Miles which youll need to spend $5,000 in purchases in your first three months of opening the card to qualify for.
If you enjoy airport lounge access, this card is a good choice, as it will grant you access to all of Deltas airport lounges, as well as the lounges of partner airlines. Such airlines include AirFrance, KLM, Alitalia, Aeromexico, and Virgin Australia Airlines.
While this isnt a Delta-specific credit card, its still a fantastic option if youre in the market for a premium credit card and Atlanta is your home airport. The Platinum Card earns flexible Membership Rewards points which can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Delta miles (or to a number of other airlines programs).
This card also comes with a whopping $550 annual fee, but there are a ton of great benefits packed in. First off, youll still have access to Delta Sky Clubs when you are flying Delta or another SkyTeam partner same-day. Youll also be given a Priority Pass Select Membership which gets you into over 1,000 lounges worldwide including Minute Suites and The Club at ATL in Atlanta. Youll also be able to use a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee credit up to $100 so you can speed through airport security and immigration even faster on your next trip.
Other notable benefits of the Platinum Card include an airline fee credit up to $200 each year, $200 in Uber credit each year, 5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Gold elite status.
One of the great things about Delta’s co-branded rewards cards is that they can offer something all at once that a semi-frequent flyer might be hard-pressed to accumulate otherwise. We’re talking, of course, about frequent-flyer miles — or, in the case of the limited-time offer Delta just kicked off for its main cards, the sizable welcome bonuses that in a couple of instances can be as high as 80,000 bonus miles.
Through July 2, the six Delta co-branded cards that are issued by American Express which we talk about below offer an impressive range of bonus miles when certain spending requirements are met. The cards include both personal and business Delta Amex cards, and for anyone who’s been watching the increasingly frequent award sales Delta unveils but doesn’t have enough SkyMiles in your account — read on, because according to The Points Guy these are among the highest welcome bonus offers seen on the Delta cards.
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express On the entry-level side of the spectrum, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is offering 60,000 miles if you’re a new cardholder who spends $2,000 in the first three months. Make a Delta purchase within that time, and you’ll also score a $50 statement credit. The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, meanwhile, has a sweeter offer — 70,000 miles after you spend $4,000 in the first three months, plus that same $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
Both cards waive the $95 annual fee during the first year, in addition to offering cardholders a first bag checked free on Delta flights, as well as priority boarding and 20% off of inflight purchases on Delta.
The bonus miles look all the more impressive when you consider the valuation from The Points Guy of $720 for 60,000 SkyMiles and $840 for 70,000. Meaning, the bonus — when viewed in the context of some of Delta’s recent award sales — could be enough for several round-trip domestic airfares.
One step up annual fee- and benefits-wise, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has sweetened its welcome offer to 75,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles, or MQMs, for new cardholders who spend at least $3,000 in the first three months of card ownership. Make a Delta purchase within the first three months, and there will also be a $100 statement credit. The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, meanwhile, is offering 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $6,000 in the first 3 months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.
Both versions of the Platinum Delta Amex come with a $195 annual fee that, unfortunately, can’t be waived in year one. To take some of the sting out of that fact, the cards at least offer additional benefits like an annual companion certificate that can be used for travel in the main cabin. Owning a Platinum Delta Amex also helps you rack up MQMs toward Delta elite status, with 5,000 MQMs you earn from the welcome bonus as well as 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 redeemable miles once you spend $25,000 with the card in a calendar year. Additionally, you’ll pick up another 10,000 MQMs and 10,000 redeemable miles after you spend $50,000 in a calendar year.
The top-of-the-line personal credit card in this lineup is the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express. Like the Platinum Delta Amex, it comes with the possibility of earning 75,000 SkyMiles and 5,000 MQMs as long as you meet the spending requirement of $5,000 in the first three months. The Delta Reserve® for Business Credit Card from American Express, meanwhile, is offering 80,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after you spend $6,000 in the first 3 months.
Both cards come with a $450 annual fee, but with that price you get the most benefits. Things like complimentary Delta Sky Club access when you’re flying Delta, and the ability to have up to two guests accompany you at a discounted rate of only $29 per person. The Delta Reserve also offers you the ability to earn MQMs toward Delta elite status by meeting spending thresholds. Spend $30,000 with the card during a calendar year, and you’ll earn 15,000 MQMs as well as 15,000 redeemable miles. Spend $60,000 in a calendar year, and you can tack on another 15,000 in both of those categories.
While it’s true that the valuation from The Points Guy puts Delta SkyMiles on the lower end of the scale when ranking the offerings from major US airlines, things are in fact changing. Delta has, for example, started to offer more frequent award sales, with more destinations and cabins available at discounted prices.
This also isn’t the first time Delta Amex credit cards have offered elevated welcome bonuses, but this time around the offer is definitely looking more attractive than ever.