Delta SkyMiles® Gold Card from American Express Review (2021.3 Update: 70k+$200 Offer!)

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Delta SkyMiles®Gold Card from American Express Review

2021.5 Update: The public link now shows a 75k offer, you may need to use incognito mode to see it. But the 70k+$200 offer is still better.

2021.3 Update2: There’s now a 70k+$200 offer via dummy booking on delta.com. The 70k part requires $2,000 spending in 3 months, and the $200 part requires a Delta purchase.

2021.3 Update: The new offer is 70k. Offer ends on 2021.04.28.

Application Link

  • Public offer: AmEx Delta SkyMiles Gold 70k+$200 offer, no direct link, you will need to make a dummy booking on delta.com, and you will be able to see the advertisement for this offer before making the payment.
  • Public offer: AmEx Delta SkyMiles Gold 75k offer. If you can’t see the 75k offer, please use incognito mode. If you still can’t see it, try to use a VPN.
  • Targeted offer: AmEx Delta SkyMiles Gold targeted offer. If you see “PLEASE VERIFY THE INFORMATION YOU ENTERED IS CORRECT AND TRY AGAIN.” it means you are not targeted.

Benefits

  1. 70k+$200 offer: earn 70,000 Delta Miles after spending $2,000 in first 3 months. Earn $200 statement credit after using your card to make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months, and if you don’t know what to buy, you can buy some Delta Gift Cards for future Delta flights. This is the best offer in recent history.
  2. We value Delta Miles at 1.3 cents/mile (Airline Miles Value). So the 70k+$200 highest welcome offer is worth about $1,110! 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

Application Link

  • Public offer: AmEx Delta SkyMiles Gold 70k+$200 offer, no direct link, you will need to make a dummy booking on delta.com, and you will be able to see the advertisement for this offer before making the payment.
  • Public offer: AmEx Delta SkyMiles Gold 75k offer. If you can’t see the 75k offer, please use incognito mode. If you still can’t see it, try to use a VPN.
  • Targeted offer: AmEx Delta SkyMiles Gold targeted offer. If you see “PLEASE VERIFY THE INFORMATION YOU ENTERED IS CORRECT AND TRY AGAIN.” it means you are not targeted.

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