AmEx Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Review (2018.11 Update: 75k Targeted Offer)

Gold Delta SkyMiles from American Express Review

2018.11 Update2: Although the public link sucks now, there is a 75k+$50 targeted offer now which is quite good. Log in and see whether you are targeted.

2018.11 Update: 60k offer is expired, so don’t apply now and wait for 60k to come back again.

2018.8 Update: The 60k offer is back, and it expires on 2018.09.19. This offer is quite common nowadays. Note that, this time the offer is different: there’s no $50 statement credit…

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Benefits

  1. 50k offer: earn 50,000 Miles after spending $1,000 in first 3 months. The recent best offer is 60k+$100.
  2. We value Delta Miles at 1.3 cents/mile (Airline Miles Value). So the 60k sign-up bonus is worth about $780! See A Beginner’s Guide to Delta Miles to check for details about Delta Miles.
  3. Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on Delta purchases; 1 mile per $1 on other purchases.
  4. First checked bag free on Delta flights.
  5. Priority boarding on Delta flights.
  6. 20% savings on in–flight foods and entertainment.
  7. 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.
  8. No foreign transaction fee.
  9. Refer a friend: You can earn 5,000 or 10,000 bonus Delta miles for every approved account you refer, up to 55,000 Delta miles per calendar year.

Disadvantages

  1. $95 annual fee, but waived for the first year.

Recommended Application Time

  1. You can get the sign-up bonus once in a lifetime, so be sure to apply when the historically highest offer appears.
  2. AmEx doesn’t care about the number of hard pulls.
  3. You can try to apply for it when you have a credit history of 6 months.
  4. 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.
  5. You can keep at most 5 AmEx credit cards, but this rule does not apply to charge cards.

Summary

Delta does not publish an award chart which makes this valuation a bit difficult. However, if you fly Delta a lot/have a particular redemption in mind, this is a very good sign up bonus! The reward rate is not very impressive but the typical benefits that come with an airline card could be of great use to some of you.

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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.

Historical Offers Chart

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