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PROCRASTINATORS: FINAL DAY of Lower Annual Fees + Great Welcome Offers for Delta American Express Cards! [OFFER EXPIRED]

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Today’s the last day to apply for the Delta American Express cards’ special, increased welcome bonuses — and lock in a full year of their current annual fees.

It seems like just yesterday the deals were announced and we said, “You have until October 30 to apply!” Well, the 30th is already here — and hours are ticking away until Amex pulls the offers.

On that note, Amex has been known to end promotions at random times. We’ve seen deals disappear late night, afternoon, and even late morning.

So now’s the time to apply.

Quick Summary

In my opinion, there really are only four cards really worth getting:

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card 

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card 

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

Changes to the Delta Gold Amexes seem negative at best. There are, in my mind, only a couple of reasons to get a Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card or Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card

  • You haven’t yet had one and want to earn more SkyMiles thanks to welcome offers and Amex Offers for You.
  • The annual fee is waived the first year

Each flavor of the personal and business Delta Platinum and Reserve cards, meanwhile, has added Global Entry / TSA PreCheck credit, trip delay protection, and some decent everyday spend bonuses.

The personal Delta Reserve Amex and business version also add Centurion Lounge access (when flying Delta, two guest passes to Sky Clubs each year, and the ability to earn four separate 15,000 MQM bonuses on each card at $30,000 spend intervals.

Behind the Benefits

We’ve written extensively this month about some existing and soon-to-debut benefits, perks, and features of the Delta Amex cards:

Current Offers

Please see this page for the current Delta Amex offers!

–Chris

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Beth Wilderman

    In another article on this site that reviewed the new cards, the author indicated that the bonus sky miles for $25k spend were going away. In this article, you indicate there will still be 10k MQM AND 10K bonus sky miles to spend for platinum card holders. Which is it after January 2020? Here is what Chris said on Sep 30, 2019:

    No Bonus Redeemable SkyMiles at Spend Thresholds (Platinum and Reserve)
    Gone are the bonus 10,000 SkyMiles one receives when spending $25,000 & $50,000 on the Delta Platinum cards, and 15,000 SkyMiles after dropping $30,000 & $60,000 on the Reserves.

    For many non-bonused categories (cell phone, online, cable-satellite-streaming, big box stores, etc) this kind of stings. This rings especially true for the Reserve cards — whose only bonus category is Delta spend. The cheaper cards (Gold and Platinum) have better bonus categories.

    But Delta Platinum card users spending a lot at restaurants, supermarkets, and hotels may actually come out ahead without the 10,000 SkyMiles bonus.

  2. @Beth Wilderman: No 10,000 bonus SkyMiles anymore on the Platinums. I’ve corrected the copy. Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. Steven W

    I was just approved for the Personal Gold and Personal Reserve (used your links!) which are the only 2 flavors I have never had before. I won’t be able to meet the $30K Reserve spend before the end of the year so it makes more sense to wait and start spending in January to hit the $5K needed for the bonus.

    I normally do a bunch of year end donations which would be a great way to help with that$5K. If I make the donations on 12/31 they should post in January. Will these count towards my first 2020 $30K spend or is there a possibility Amex will apply those charges to 2019 spend?

  4. @Steven W: First of all, THANK YOU for using our links! We sincerely appreciate the support.

    On to your question. So, all spend that posts in 2020 counts in 2020. Charges made on December 31 should post into 2020 but that’s not bulletproof.

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