Update: This deal is now 30,000 Delta miles. All links revert to this offer.
- Personal: 30,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
- Business: 30,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
This American Express Delta Gold card is one of my best airlines cards out there, especially with Delta Airlines offering one-way flights beginning in 2015. Here are the full details:
- 30,000 Delta Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
- $50 statement credit on any Delta Airlines purchase
- $95 annual fee (first year waived)
- 2 points per $1 spent on Delta Airlines, 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
- First bag checked free; priority boarding
- Approval difficulty: Moderate (~675+ credit score with decent income)
- Churn status: Awful (once per lifetime of applicant)
Overall, this credit card deal is just okay when compared with the Citibank American Airlines World MasterCard or Chase United Mileage Plus. And, besides the considerably smaller amount of miles offered, the biggest downgrade is my last bullet point above. American Express announced in May of this year that a person is only obtain one bonus per card in his or her lifetime (shown at the bottom left of the image below).
This is a major blow to the value of American Express cards long-term, especially those that may have had a card several years in the past. And along these lines, while I haven’t seen a bonus offer on this particular card since the 70,000-mile offer in 2012, it may be worth waiting to see if you can maximize the amount of Delta Airlines miles you can receive.
So, what is the good part? Well, $1,000 is not huge amounts of spend, and realistically you can combine both the personal and business version of this card to net 60,000 Delta Airlines miles with only $2,000 (the Citibank card, for example, requires $3,000 for 50,000 miles, which ends up being less miles per dollar spent).
If you are a frequent flyer of Delta, then the priority boarding, first bag free and two points per dollar spent could be relatively valuable, especially if you like to stick to one card. And, as I alluded to at the beginning of this post, some pretty good news came out earlier this year about changes in 2015, including one-way awards.
Overall this is just an average credit card deal, but with the American Express Delta Gold being one of the main airline credit cards deals out there, it is worth mentioning – for better or for worse. Applying to American Express is of moderate difficultly in my research and experience, but not nearly as hard as Chase or Barclays. While my FICO guess of 675+ for approval is just that – a guess, I should remind you that this database tracks credit card approvals and can paint a rough picture of what to expect.
If you do utilize that tool, I’d recommend looking at the average scores for approval, rather than the outliers. For example, there is one example of an applicant getting approved with a credit score of 601, which is hard to believe and in my opinion not a good indication of being approved. Just some food for thought.
Application links and other useful information is below:
Personal: 30,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
Business: 30,000 Delta Airlines miles with $1,000 spend in 3 months
Application support line: 1-877-399-3083 (personal & business).
Click here for the American Express contact page.
Disclaimer: Photos credit to American Express.