I get lots of questions each year about Delta and Amex card spend. One of the most common ones is “When will I get new card bonus points?” (especially with the current new card offers ending soon). My answer is always the same, that is, one of two ways:
1) A few days after you complete the spend or
2) 1-3 days after your statement has closed
Those two, for many many years now, has been the pattern we have seen that Delta and Amex use when it comes to new cards.
Another question I often get is, “When will my updated MQMs / MQSs or MQD spend waiver impact my medallion level i.e. I just earned GOLD when do I get the perks?”
It takes Delta 1-3 days after you cross (whatever) level for that information to propagate throughout the Delta IT system. Do not expect anyone to grant you any “favors” like access to partner lounges when connecting internationally until the IT has updated your accounts.
But this time of the year when I’m most frequently asked the biggest question: “How long does it take for my Delta Amex card spend to update on Delta.com?”
In the past, it has been about three-ish days after the spend update on your Amex account for it to migrate over to Delta.com. This year it seems to be taking a little bit longer.
For 2020, plan for about one week (or less) for your POSTED Delta Amex card charges to update on Delta.com.
I always set my Delta Amex card statements to close as near to the 1st of each month as possible (yes, you can request this). This makes it so much simpler when it comes to my Delta year to plan for spend and closing statement.
My statement has closed for December and my January statement has generated. I also have spend from after the 1st that has also posted on Delta.com as you can see from the screenshot at the top of this post.
What else? One of my most popular posts ever is the one where Delta “hides” million miler data until you click on it in some way. That post also shows your “RAW” Delta data that feeds the graphics you normally see on Delta.com as well as the Fly Delta App. Mine has clearly updated (rounding down) to the nearest 1k of my current spend as of about a week ago.
My plan is to complete my 60k spend by the end of January to harvest both my of my 15k Delta Amex Business Reserve card MQM bonus offers as well as both of the 15k SkyMiles bonus offers before they go away next month. Then I will evaluate if I want to go for the higher spend levels this year for more MQMs. My gut tells me no — but I am in no rush to make a decision on that for now! – René
Receive 40,000 bonus SkyMiles and 10,000 bonus MQM after spending $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within the first three months of approval. Given our SkyMiles valuation, 40,000 SkyMiles equals at least $400 worth of Delta travel.
Points Earnings (Through January 29, 2020)
- 2X SkyMiles on Delta purchases
- 1X SkyMiles on all other purchases
Points Earnings (Effective January 30, 2020)
- 3X SkyMiles on Delta purchases
- 1.5X SkyMiles on purchases after you spend $150,000 on the card during a calendar year
- 1X SkyMiles on all other purchases
Bonus MQM (Through December 31, 2019)
Enjoy 15,000 bonus MQM and 15,000 bonus redeemable SkyMiles if you spend $30,000 on your new card before December 31, 2019. Earn an additional 15,000 bonus MQM and 15,000 bonus redeemable SkyMiles if rack up another $30,000 on the card before December 31.
Status Boost (Beginning January 30, 2020)
Enjoy 15,000 bonus MQM each time you spend $30,000 during a calendar year. The most Status Boost MQM you can receive with this card is 60,000 MQM ($120,000 spend during a calendar year).
Delta Sky Club Access
Enjoy complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs when traveling on a same-day Delta Air Lines flight. (Read our reviews of Delta Sky Clubs.)
Plus — effective January 30, 2020 — receive two guest passes each year to Delta Sky Clubs. A nice perk if you’re traveling with people who don’t have Delta Sky Club access through their own Reserve card or the American Express Platinum cards.
American Express Centurion Lounge Access (Effective January 30, 2020)
You’ll have free admission (provided the club isn’t closed to overcrowding) to American Express Centurion Lounges before a same-day Delta Air Lines-operated or -marketed flight. (Read our reviews of American Express Centurion Lounges.)
Upgrade Priority for Medallion Members
Holding a Delta Reserve card serves as tie-breaker for complimentary Medallion upgrades.
Complimentary Upgrades for Non-Medallion Members (Effective January 30, 2020)
Non-elites who hold the Delta Reserve card will eligible for complimentary domestic upgrades (US 50) to Delta One, first class, and Comfort Plus — space providing, after Medallion members and their companions have been upgraded.
Spend $25,000 on this — or across any of your Delta Amexes, provided you hold a Platinum or Reserve card — and don’t worry about the MQD requirements for Silver, Gold, or Platinum Medallion.
Beginning the second year of holding the card, you’ll receive upon renewal a certificate for a free (except for taxes and fees) companion first class or coach qualifying fares on Delta. Read our Companion Certificate FAQ.
Global Entry/TSA PreCheck Fee Credit (effective January 30, 2020)
Delta Travel Perks
- Free first checked bag for you and up to eight others on your itinerary/PNR
- 20% statement credit on purchases made aboard Delta Air Lines flights (premium food, beverages, headsets, etc)
- Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding
- Pay with Miles eligibility
$450 the first year. Then $550 beginning the second year you hold the card.
Who Should Have This Card?
Business owners/independent contractors who are frequent Delta travelers and lounge access. Plus, if you can spend a lot of money on this card, you’ll love the Status Boosts.
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