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The increased Delta American Express card offers we’ve seen a number of time over the past few years are here again, but some with a slight twist. There are offers on all “flavors” of the card (except the Blue), including the Gold, Platinum and Reserve. If you’re finding yourself short of Skymiles, maybe just after the recent award sale to Asia, then this could be good news.

Delta Gold Skymiles card offer

The current offer is for 60,000 bonus Skymiles. I *think* this is the highest I’ve ever seen publicly. It’s possible this has matched the Platinum’s 70,000-mile offer in the past. Still, I wouldn’t shoot for less than the current bonus with this card these days. Offer details:

  • Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Read more and learn how to apply here.
  • Annual fee is waived the first year ($95 thereafter)
  • Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases, 1x on all other purchases
  • Free first checked bag on Delta flights

This is a great card to pick up if you want Skymiles for no out of pocket cost. If you’re all about getting the highest sign-up bonus you can, though, you may want to hold out for the potential return of the 70,000-mile offer.

Delta Platinum Skymiles card offer

The Delta Platinum is back with the highest sign-up bonus I’ve seen:

  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after you make $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months. Read more and learn how to apply here.
  • In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • $195 annual fee
  • Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases, 1x on all other purchases
  • Free first checked bag on Delta flights
  • Annual companion certificate for domestic main cabin fares (some restrictions)

It’s possible that this offer is less desirable than the one I signed up for which was for 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 bonus MQMs. But for most folks, the redeemable miles are probably more valuable. Note that the $100 credit is triggered by any Delta purchase. You do not need to spend $100 to get it. You could use it for one of their Luvo wraps on your next flight. the sign up bonus is worth at least $1,000, in my opinion.

Delta Reserve card offer

The Reserve is the huge offer of the bunch. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the bonus for this card at 70,000 miles before. Typically, the offer is super low, although the card often gives you some MQMs after the initial spend as well. In this case, fewer MQMs are awarded, but far more redeemable miles. Here are the details:

  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Read more and  learn how to apply here.
  • Delta SkyClub access for the primary cardmember when traveling on Delta flights
  • $450 annual fee
  • Earn 2x miles on Delta purchases, 1x on all other purchases
  • Free first checked bag on Delta flights
  • Annual companion certificate for main cabin or first class fares (some restrictions)

The main perk of this card is Delta SkyClub access, but at a significant annual cost. It makes way more sense to pick up the card, however, than to simply buy a lounge membership, if that is something you would normally do. If you book paid first class fares, the companion certificate is also very valuable. This is definitely a card for the elite Delta flyer, unless you’re just eyeing the sign up bonus worth at least $1,000 in my opinion.

Which one is best?

This all really depends on which you’ve had and what your plans are. Remember that American Express has a once-per-lifetime rule for their card products. As I’ve had every version Gold and Platinum cards, both personal and business, I’m only eligible for the Reserve. The fee is the huge turnoff, although this offer is amazing. If I knew I’d be flying Delta as much as I did last year for work, I might bite the bullet and jump on it.

If you’re looking for an entry-level card with a solid bonus, the Gold is for you. If you’re already a Delta flyer and don’t have the Platinum, that one is probably the better pick if you can use the MQMs and the annual certificate. If you fly Delta weekly for work and don’t have the Reserve in your wallet (or some other option to access a Delta lounge), it might deserve a place. You could definitely eat and drink back that $450.

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Planning on taking advantage of any of these all-time high offers? Let us know which one in the comments!

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