Should You Get the AMEX Delta 50K Credit Card?

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I’ve pretty much been anti-Delta ever since I started this hobby because their award availability and roundtrip only flights are quite restrictive.  I love American Airlines and United miles because you can book one-way with both programs.  This gives much more flexibility and ease of booking.  I’ve always recommended staying away from Delta, but now I think I might start investing in Delta miles.  Currently the American Express Gold Delta Miles credit card is offering 50,000 Delta miles and a $50 credit.  Should you get the AMEX Delta 50K Credit Card?


Here are the perks of the credit card:

  • Sign-up Offer: 50,000 SkyMiles when you spend $1,000 in 3 months, and earn a $50 statement credit after your first Delta purchase.  
  • Benefits: Earn 2X miles per $1 on Delta purchases, 1X miles on everything else. Check your first bag free on every Delta flight for you and up to 8 people on your reservation. Priority Boarding and 20% In-Flight Savings. Discounted Delta SkyClub access ($29 per visit). No foreign transaction fees.
  • Annual Fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95, no annual fee for additional card.

Like I said, the main problems of Delta’s program is award availability and roundtrip only tickets.  However, starting January 1, 2015, you can start booking one-way tickets.  This makes Delta’s program a lot more flexible and you can use it as a backup plan if American Airline miles or United miles fail to get you where you want.  Keep in mind, here is Delta’s new award chart:

Delta's Award Chart Starting January 1, 2015

Delta’s Award Chart Starting January 1, 2015

Business/First Class Awards

Business/First Class Awards

The award prices at the saver level are quite similar to United’s award chart in economy and slightly cheaper in business.  However, you never know how the award availability will look starting January 1, 2015.  My expectation is that award availabilty at the Saver 1 level will be quite bad unless you book very far in advance.  However, if you do find availability, I would say that using Delta miles at the Saver 1 level is an great deal.

My strategy for using Delta miles is if I can use them at the Saver 1 level or can pay a slight premium for a non-stop or better hard product flight, I’ll opt to use my Delta miles first.  This is because the popular opinion is that Delta miles are worth less than American Airline and United miles.

My current Delta mileage balance is at 60K, so getting another 50K will put me at 110K Delta miles, which is a good amount for emergencies or contingencies.  I also love that Delta miles never expire, which keeps my mind at ease.  Here is the sign up link for the credit card, but I also have the sign up link in my credit card deals page.  

Will you be signing up for the AMEX Delta 50K + $50 credit offer? 

5 comments for “Should You Get the AMEX Delta 50K Credit Card?

  1. Robert Hanson
    August 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Heck No. From the T/C for this card:

    “If we identify you as currently having an American Express® Card account, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer. ”

    Don’t be fooled by the weasel words. They don’t really mean “may not”, they really mean you WILL NOT receive any bonus whatsoever for getting this card if you have any AMEX card open at the moment. I am not about to close my SPG, my no-fee HHonors, and my Everyday cards in order to qualify for 50K Sky Pesos.

    Curious why you didn’t mention this fact in your post.

    • Jason
      August 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Don’t think he mentioned it because regardless of the vague language… it usually means that if you already have the card you are applying for. Sketch language, yes… but historically they honor the bonus unless you’ve had the card before.

      But, agreed with your curiosity of why nothing of the sort was addressed in the post. Usually would warrant something explaining the language.

      • August 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        The language is vague but you will not get the bonus if you ever held thee card. If you’ve never in your life held the card you should get the bonus.

        • Corey
          August 26, 2014 at 12:53 am

          I got this card in 2009. I never received it, never activated it, thus never got the bonus. However, It was opened in my account until 2012 when I cancelled it. (I had no idea it was opened, cancelled when I found out). If I were to apply today, would Amex say I can’t get the bonus even though I physically never had the card?

  2. Chris
    August 19, 2014 at 7:56 am

    wish I could, but I’m already at my limit for amex credit cards… boo.

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