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[OFFERS EXPIRED] Final Day to Apply: Delta Amex Card Annual Fees Go Up TOMORROW!

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D-Day has arrived: “Don’t Wait to Apply for a Delta Amex Card — Because Annual Fees Increase Tomorrow.”

Procrastinators: waiting until late tonight could cost you as much as $100.

To quickly recap, here are the current annual fees — and what happens when the coach turns into a pumpkin around midnight.

  • Delta Reserve Amex cards (personal and business): $450 today –> $550 tomorrow
  • Delta Platinum Amex cards (personal and business): $195 today –> $250 tomorrow
  • Delta Gold Amex cards (personal and business): $95 today –> $99 tomorrow
    • The Delta Gold Amex cards’ annual fees are waived the first year. However, that feature expires for applications submitted after today.

You’ll lock in a year of the current annual fee when apply today. So if there’s a card you haven’t yet held and want to enjoy its SkyMiles bonus, now’s the time to get it.

Or if you want to “downgrade” your Delta Amex (for example, from a Reserve to a Platinum) first apply first for the card you want. Then cancel your existing card when its annual fee hits.

I recommend taking a screen capture/screenshot of a credit card sign up page whenever you apply — especially when annual fees are about to increase.

Remember the Welcome Bonuses!

FWIW, I really like the Platinum Cards’ 75,000 SkyMiles welcome bonuses. If you haven’t held either or one of those cards yet, you may wish to consider it. The 75,000 SkyMiles bonus alone is worth about three years of the new annual fee.

The personal Reserve also has a 75,000 SkyMiles bonus; that’s worth about a 1.5-ish years of the new annual fees.

Delta Reserve from American Express card -- personal/consumer edition.

Major Perk and Benefits Changes

What do the annual fee hikes get you?

Reserve Cards:

Both Cards:

  • 3X SkyMiles on Delta purchases
  • 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). (Up from a 30,00 MQM limit)
  • Two guest passes each year to Delta Sky Clubs. This is a nice perk when traveling with people who don’t have Delta Sky Club access through their own Reserve card or the American Express Platinum cards.
  • Complimentary 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.
  • 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. (New — and probably a worthless benefit, to be honest.) Both cards.
  • Global Entry / TSA PreCheck fee credit
  • Negative Change: No more bonus redeemable SkyMiles after reaching spend thresholds.

The Delta Reserve Card from American ExpressDelta Reserve Card (learn how to apply)

Delta Reserve Business Card from American Express.Delta Reserve Business Card (learn how to apply)

  • 1.5X SkyMiles on purchases after you spend $150,000 on the card during a calendar year

Platinum Cards:

Both Cards:

  • 3X SkyMiles on Delta purchases
  • Global Entry / TSA PreCheck fee credit
  • Negative Change: SkyClub access now $39 instead of $29.

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express.Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express (learn how to apply)

  • 3X SkyMiles at hotels
  • 2X SkyMiles at restaurants worldwide
  • 2X SkyMiles at US supermarkets

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express (learn how to apply)

  • 3X SkyMiles at hotels
  • 1.5 SkyMiles on all eligible purchases of $5,000 or more

Gold Cards:

Both Cards:

  • Receive a $100 Delta flight credit for future travel after you spend $10,000 on the card during a calendar year.

Negative Changes:

  • Sky Club access discontinued
  • Delta Gold Amex spend no longer earns MQD waiver exemption — unless you also hold a Delta Platinum or Reserve Amex.

Delta Gold American Express CardDelta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card (learn how to apply)

  • 2X SkyMiles at restaurants worldwide
  • 2X SkyMiles at US supermarkets

Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card (learn how to apply)

  • 2X SkyMiles at restaurants worldwide
  • 2X SkyMiles on US shipping
  • 2X SkyMiles on US advertising in select media

— Chris

Read About Delta Amex Card Benefits!

🔺 Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards

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

Delta Gold American Express CardDelta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card 

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