Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card from American Express Review (2020.4 Update: 70 Offer Is Expired)

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Delta SkyMiles®Gold Card from American Express Review

2020.4 Update: The higher offer is expired. The current offer is only 50k (you may need to use incognito mode to see it).

2020.1 Update: The welcome offer is 70k now. This card is also revamped, the changes are:

  • Earn 2x on restaurants and U.S. supermarkets now (previously 1x).
  • Earn a $100 Delta Flight Credit if you spend $10,000 in a calendar year.
  • No more SkyClub passes discounts.
  • Annual fee is increased from $95 to $99.

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Benefits

  1. 70k offer: Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles after spending $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Plus, earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after your first anniversary.
  2. We value Delta Miles at 1.3 cents/mile (Airline Miles Value). So the 70k welcome offer is worth about $910! See A Beginner’s Guide to Delta Miles to check for details about Delta Miles.
  3. Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and Delta purchases; 1 mile per $1 on other purchases.
  4. Earn a $100 Delta Flight Credit if you spend $10,000 in a calendar year.
  5. First checked bag free on Delta flights.
  6. Priority boarding on Delta flights.
  7. 20% savings on in–flight foods and entertainment.
  8. 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.
  9. No foreign transaction fee.
  10. Refer a friend: You can earn 10,000 bonus Delta miles for every approved account you refer, up to 55,000 Delta miles per calendar year.

Disadvantages

  1. $99 annual fee, but waived for the first year.

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. 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 welcome bonus! The earning rate for everyday spending is not very impressive, but if you fly Delta a lot you may find some of the benefits useful.

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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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