AmEx Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Review (2019.8 Update: 10k Offer)

Blue Delta SkyMiles from American Express Review

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Benefits

  1. 10k offer: earn 10,000 Miles after spending $500 in first 3 months. 
  2. We value Delta Miles at 1.3 cents/mile (Airline Miles Value). So the 10k sign-up bonus is worth about $130! See A Beginner’s Guide to Delta Miles to check for details about Delta Miles.
  3. Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on Restaurants and Delta purchases; 1 mile per $1 on other purchases.
  4. 20% savings on in–flight foods and entertainment.
  5. With this credit card, you can get access to Amex Offers, which often offers very good discounts at some stores. In the past we have seen offers like: Spend $15 or more and get $5 back at Walmart; Spend $75 or more and get $25 back on Amazon.com.
  6. No annual fee.

Disadvantages

  1. The sign-up bonus is really low.
  2. It has foreign transaction fee, so it's not a good choice outside the US.

Recommended Application Time

  1. You can only get the welcome bonus once in a lifetime, so be sure to apply when the historical highest offer appears.
  2. [New] Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who: (1) Have or have had this product or the Delta SkyMiles® Options Credit Card, or (2) Currently have or have had one of the following products in the last 90 days: Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, or Delta Reserve® Credit Card.
  3. AmEx doesn’t care about the number of hard pulls.
  4. You can try to apply for it when you have a credit history of 6 months.
  5. Only 2 AmEx credit cards can be approved within 90 days, but this rule does not apply to charge cards. Multiple cards approved in the same day will only have one Hard Pull.
  6. You can keep at most 5 AmEx credit cards, but this rule does not apply to charge cards.

Summary

This card is useless and not worth applying. But it still has some value, because it is a perfect downgrade option for other AmEx Delta cards. Previously, we didn’t have a no fee Delta card to downgrade to, now finally we have one! Note that you can’t get this card if you currently have another AmEx Delta card, see Recommended Application Time part for detail. Current data points show that you can not downgrade other AmEx Delta cards to this one, but maybe you will be able to some day later, more data points are welcomed!

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After Applying

  • Click here to check AmEx application status.
  • AmEx reconsideration backdoor number: 877-399-3083. The “real” backdoor number of Amex is well protected. Different from Chase, the representatives from this AmEx reconsideration backdoor number only have the right to help you submit requests.

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