Almost 1 year ago I posted as a Rookie post: “The new Delta AMEX card you MUST avoid – the “Blue Delta SkyMiles“!”, and yet now I hold the card. Why did I then, and still today, tell folks this is a bad airline card to get and use for normal spend (learn more about Airline cards here)? Take a look what it offers:
- Earn 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Earn 2 miles per dollar at US restaurants.
- Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
- Receive a 20% In-Flight Savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
- No Annual Fee.
That is really pathetic (agree?)! The new card bonus is worth $100 to $200-ish depending on what you personally value a SkyMiles point. Using this card at a restaurant would be a really bad choice when there are cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve that offers such better returns for both dining and travel (learn more about cards for those with excellent credit). Yes the 20% off stuff on Delta flights is nice but Gogo is not included in this discount and you get no free bag waiver with this Blue card!
So why did I get it? The last bullet point above: “No Annual Fee”
To be clear I did not apply for this card new. No, I downgraded from my Platinum Delta card I got last year for the new card bonus. That card has now generated the annual fee and I did not want to pay for another year. But I waited for my Bogo (see E22) to post to “My Delta” before I downgraded and got the fee back. BTW, Amex will tell you the Bogo goes away but once it posts to Delta it sticks and you have a year to spend it and pay with any Amex card (or anyone’s Amex card).
Also understand that by not applying new I have given up the shot at ever getting a new card bonus for this card because once you have held an Amex card you have burned your 1x in a lifetime shot at getting a new card bonus for “whatever” card you now hold. I am OK with that because 10,000 SkyMiles has so little value to me. Sure Amex may, down the road, offer more but even a 20,000 point bonus would not move me to apply for this card as a new card.
So why downgrade then? Really only one reason and that is to have another card with no fee to add Amex “Offers For You” as I said in the original post last year.
By using the “multi tab trick” that is, opening a number of Amex account tabs and then selecting “Offers For You” for each of my cards I can register for whatever offer on all my cards vs. just one and this Delta Amex Blue gives me one more I can make money on each year.
Bottom line – the Amex Blue card will not live in my wallet. I will not seek to put spend on it unless it has an offer that yields a net gain for me. Then I will enjoy a few bonus SkyMiles from those worthwhile Amex offers. – René