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Heavy Metal, Dude! How to Get a Metal Delta American Express Card

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Delta and American Express are spiffing up four of their co-branded credit cards: giving them metal makeovers.

Existing cardholders and new applicants can all get in on the fun.

As part of the big Delta Amex refresh yesterday, each of the seven cards received new designs. But four of them are now made of metal, instead of the traditional plastic:

Delta Reserve American Express cardDelta Reserve Credit Card from American Express

Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card from American ExpressPlatinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Delta Reserve for Business American Express cardDelta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express CardPlatinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

The personal/consumer versions of Delta’s Reserve and Platinum cards are now purple and silver, respectively, with the airline’s logo on the left-hand side.

The business flavors of the Reserve and Platinum are similarly designed — but with a couple of differences. In addition to the word “Business” emblazoned on the cards, their backgrounds feature a pattern of repeating Delta logos.

During the past several years, American Express switched from plastic to metal for three products: The Platinum Card from American Express, The Business Platinum Card from American Express, and the American Express Gold Card.

New applicants taking advantage of the big welcome offers announced earlier today should automatically receive the new, metal versions. (People who applied for the offers on January 29: please let us know which version — plastic or metal — you receive.)

Current cardholders can receive the metal versions one of two ways:

  • Wait for until your current card expires
  • Request one through your American Express account

Request a Metal Delta American Express Card

Want to get your hands on the new metal Delta Amex cards? (Hey, why not? You’re paying for it with your increased annual fee!)

Here’s how.

1. Log in to Your American Express Account.

2. Select “Account Services.”

Select "Account Services" on your American Express account's page.

3. Select “Replace a Card.”

Request a replacement or metal Delta American Express card.

4. “Request a Metal Card”

Assuming there’s no problem with your existing card (theft, loss, damage, etc), simply choose the metal card option.

Request a metal Delta American Express card.

Then press “Continue.”

Your request will be submitted. Expect an email confirmation within a few minutes.

Metal Delta American Express card request confirmation email.

Metal cards should arrive within a couple of weeks.

Do You Like the New Look?

What do you think of the new-look Delta American Express cards? Will you request a metal card now or wait until your current card expires? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!

— Chris

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14 Comments

  1. For those of us that don’t like metal (they are too heavy in your front pocket, and there’s nothing worse than the guy in line in front of you who likes to clank a metal card down on the counter to show that he has it) you can also request that Amex only send the original plastic version. Chase Sapphire Reserve will do the same. If they ever stop sending plastic, I will cancel my membership

  2. Greg Howell Reply

    Tried this morning. Got this message.
    We’re Sorry
    Your request requires additional assistance. Please contact us.

    • @Frankie – Not on the front. To be fair, the old black cards did not say Reserve on the front either. 😉

  3. Barry Graham Reply

    I am hoping it won’t be too long before I can leave my card at home. I already use my phone for most transactions. What they could do with a metal card is include some sort of LED/LCD technology that would automatically update the CVC and expiration date every few years, so the card could be used as long as the account is open. Maybe even do this with the account number too, so that the new card number could be updated if the account number has to be changed. They are already testing this type of technology with license plates.

  4. I just ordered 3 for all of us. Mine says it coming by February 12. AMEX says my wife and daughter is coming by February 19, 2020.
    Thank you for showing the step by step process for ordering the new cards.

  5. Metal cards are just another thing to make the metal detectors alarm. Plastic is much easier,

  6. I also hate metal cards. It requires more effort to securely dispose of them when they have expired.

  7. Looks like Amex had some old purple Starwood cards left. The platinum card looks cool. I will keep the black reserve card for now.

  8. I just ordered replacement Reserve cards for my wife and I…not sure I love the purple, but oh well!

  9. Received my new card last week. Note: I did not request it but it was replacing my card that was expiring.
    I do NOT like the metal card. I wish I had been asked by AMEX for my preference, metal or plastic. As previously state by others it is heavy and will not be easily disposed of when it reaches it’s expiration date. I will make a mental note to request the plastic form prior to expiration of my Business card.

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