Delta Air Lines


American Express and Delta Air Lines just dropped some massive limited-time welcome offers for their cobranded SkyMiles credit cards.

Both flavors of the Delta Reserve card — the personal and business — offer a huge 20,000 MQM bonus and 80,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of being approved for the card.

And the Delta Platinum Amexes (personal and business) both offer a hefty 90,000 bonus SkyMiles after new cardholders spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within three months of being approved.

Even the Delta Gold Amexes got into the act! The personal and business both offer a generous 70,000 bonus SkyMiles after new cardholders spend $2,000 on eligible purchases within three months of being approved.

Considering that award travel is possibly better for some Platinum and Diamond Medallions, these bonuses could help make some trips become a reality.

Delta jet tails are seen at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The business cards’ welcome offers also include statement credits.

These offers expire on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Let’s check out each card’s welcome offer in a little more detail!

My wife, in-laws, and I were all just invited to a wedding during fall 2021. We’ll likely bring our young daughter and another relative to keep an eye on her while we enjoy a couple of nights celebrating the lovely couple.

And, wow, the Delta Amex Companion Certificates will come in handy for that trip. We’ll save a bunch of money on flights — but which card will we use to buy the paid portion of each reservation?

After all, you don’t need to use a Delta American Express card when booking a Companion Certificate trip.

After Delta’s most recent SkyMiles devaluation, it seems the airline is inching closer toward points being worth about a cent each — at least when it comes to booking travel, award trips be damned.

I wrote the other day about Pay With Miles tickets being almost as appealing as some award bookings. Those are trips where SkyMiles can be redeemed for a penny each (in 5,000-point/$50 increments) toward the purchase of an eligible flight. Plus, they earn full MQM and MQS.

Reader Mike, though, opined something interesting.