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First Look: All Four New Delta Amex Metal Cards!

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When Delta Air Lines and American Express refreshed their co-branded credit cards last month, each product’s physical card received a makeover. Plus, the Platinum and Reserve cards were switched to metal cards from the traditional plastic.

I hold all four of the Platinum and Reserve products and took advantage of the free metal card replacement for each. (Here’s how you can order your complimentary metal card replacement from Amex.) All arrived within a few days of each other. Let’s take a look at the new metal Delta Amex cards!

New Metal Delta Amexes

The four Delta Amexes with metal makeovers are:

Their metal makes picture-taking a little interesting when it comes to lighting. But here are several images to give you an idea of what my new cards look like:

Delta Air Lines co-branded metal American Express cards.

Backs of Delta Air Lines co-branded metal American Express cards.

The cards are nice. Nothing amazing — but definitely attractive. I also appreciate that metal is much more durable than plastic (which we’ll see in just a couple of minutes).

Aesthetically, I prefer the metal Delta Platinum cards to their Reserve counterparts. Despite purple being one of my favorite colors, it just doesn’t work in this presentation on the Reserve cards.

The metal Delta Amexes seem to have more of a matte finish than the shinier Platinum Card from American Express and Business Platinum Card from American Express.

I love, love, love my Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN charge card/

Business Card Differences

In addition to the word “Business” emblazoned on front of the Platinum and Reserve business cards, another difference separates them from their consumer counterparts.

The business cards have mini Delta logos brushed into the right side of the cards.

Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express

Metal vs Plastic Comparisons

Here are the newer, metal versions of each card alongside the old, plastic cards:

Delta Reserve metal and plastic cards.

Delta Platinum American Express metal and plastic cards.

I really like the refreshed Platinum cards’ designs. And you can see my Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express got decent workouts over the years. I appreciate metal cards because they hold up better (at least, in my experience).

Again, I don’t love the Reserve cards’ new looks. It would have been cool to see the now-old Reserve card designs on metal cards. But I understand designs had to be updated across the board.

What Do You Think?

Have you received a new metal Delta Amex? If not, will you order a replacement now or wait until your current card expires? What do you think of the new designs? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!

–Chris

 

🔺 Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards

Delta Reserve American Express cardDelta Reserve Card 

Delta Reserve Business Card 

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

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

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express CardDelta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card

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6 Comments

  1. I changed 3 of my cards to the metal, but the expiration date and security code changed on them so I had to change all my stored payment info at various vendors, utilities, and other automatic payment sites.

  2. Do the metal cards set off the TSA detectors? I’ve heard that from a few people who had Amex Black cards which have been metal for some years now.

    • @Jeff: I put my wallet into a carryon before going go through the metal detector, so I personally have no idea. Anyone else have datapoints?

    • @Barry Graham: It’s sort of a status symbol thing. People see others using a metal credit card and might go “Oh, cool, I want one!” Voila! Amex (or Chase, etc) may suddenly get a new customer. Or your friends and family see the metal card, tease and rib you as a fancy-pants, and insist you foot the bill at dinner. (Been there, done that.)

  3. HuntingtonGuy Reply

    My current Reserve card is well worn and should be replaced. I suspect the new metal cards will be more durable than the plastic predecessors but if Amex will throw back some of the annual fee increase $$ I would happily hold on to the old plastic version.
    @Jeff, My Amex Plat has been the metal variant for a while now and I can’t recall having any TSA issues because of it. YMMV of course.

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