In the Miles and Points hobby, and especially when American Express cards are being considered, it’s important to take advantage of the highest sign-up bonuses possible.
Why do I single out American Express cards? Because of its once-per-lifetime restriction for receiving a specific card’s sign-up bonus.
Although, there are occasional exceptions that potentially allow applicants who’ve previously received a sign-up bonus to receive the bonus once again for that same credit card.
Usually, that is the result of a targeted offer sent via regular mail or email to a specific individual.
There is specific language to look for that will determine whether the once-per-lifetime restriction is in place for a specific card’s sign-up offer.
If you see the language above within the card’s Offer Terms and apply for an Amex card for which you’ve already received a sign-up bonus, you will not receive the sign-up bonus again.
It seems, however, that Delta cards generate restriction-free offers on a regular basis. It pays to check the link below every so often to see if you’ve been added to the lucky group who can apply and get the sign-up bonus once again.
You’ll need your SkyMiles number and associated last name to check.
If you see language that states: PLEASE VERIFY THE INFORMATION YOU ENTERED IS CORRECT AND TRY AGAIN then you were not targeted.
No Lifetime Language sign-up bonus offers are likely targeted, so there’s no guarantee they’ll be the highest available. However, if you’ve already received the bonus before, then any Amex sign-up bonus sans the lifetime restriction is a good bonus.
If you’ve received the sign-up bonus for one, or all, of the Delta credit cards, then it’s worth checking the link above to see if you’re eligible for another bonus.
If you haven’t received the bonus on one or more of the Delta credit cards, then you’re in luck, increased sign-up bonuses on the American Express Delta Air Lines credit cards are back!
The Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card, and the Delta Reserve credit card all have increased sign-up bonuses now through May 1, 2019.
Gold Delta SkyMiles Card
The Gold Delta SkyMiles Card has a 60,000 SkyMiles sign-up bonus. You’ll get the full 60,000 SkyMiles after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months of card membership,
You also get a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. If you won’t be flying Delta in those first 3 months, you can go to Delta.com, purchase a $50 Delta gift card that you can use toward airfare at a future date, and that should trigger the $50 credit, essentially giving you $50 free.
The Gold Delta card’s annual fee is waived the first year, and will be $95 each year after…if you keep it open, that is.
We get a SkyMiles referral bonus if you use the link below to apply – and get approved – for the Gold Delta card. Of course, you don’t have to use our link, but we appreciate when you do.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card has a 75,000 SkyMiles sign-up bonus and a 5,000 MQM bonus. Both the 75,000 SkyMiles and the 5,000 MQMs are earned after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of card membership.
You also get a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first 3 months of card membership. As mentioned with the Gold Delta card, if you won’t be flying Delta in the first three months, you can purchase Delta gift cards to trigger the statement credit.
The Platinum Delta card’s annual fee is $195, and is not waived the first year.
The Platinum Delta card is geared toward frequent Delta flyers, thus the 5,000 MQM bonus in addition to the redeemable 75,000 SkyMiles. One nice benefit of this card is the Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate you earn each year upon renewal of your Card.
You can read more about the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card and apply at the link below. We will receive a referral bonus for the Platinum Delta card if you apply via the link.
Delta Reserve Credit Card
The Delta Reserve Credit Card has a 75,000 SkyMiles sign-up bonus and a 5,000 MQM bonus. Both the 75,000 SkyMiles and the 5,000 MQMs are earned after spending $5,000 within the first 3 months of card membership.
The Delta Reserve Credit Card’s annual fee is $450 and is not waived the first year.
The Delta Reserve, like the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, is geared toward frequent Delta flyers. In addition to offering the companion certificate, the Delta Reserve card also offers complimentary Delta Sky Club access for the cardholder and the option to bring up to 2 guests for $29 per person per visit.
You can read more about the Delta Reserve Credit Card and apply at the link below. We will receive a referral bonus for the Delta Reserve card should you apply via the link.
All Delta credit cards provide first checked bag free benefit for the cardholder and up to nine additional passengers traveling on the same reservation.
Delta cards earn 2 SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta flights, and 1 SkyMile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
And, since the Delta cards are issued by American Express, you’ll get access to the potentially valuable Amex Offers that all American Express cardholders enjoy.
As discussed at the beginning of this post, American Express has one of the most stringent sign-up bonus restrictions in the credit card industry.
If you have ever received a sign-up bonus for a specific American Express credit card in the past, you will not receive a sign-up bonus for that specific card again.
So, if you’ve gotten a sign-up bonus for either the Gold Delta, Platinum Delta, or Delta Reserve cards in the past, don’t bother applying if earning the sign-up bonus is your goal.
There have been recent reports that 7 years is the cutoff (if you received a sign-up bonus more than 7 years ago, you could get the sign-up bonus now) but that’s not confirmed. Gamble if you want.
One other option: the Gold Delta, Platinum Delta, and Delta Reserve cards all have business credit card versions for which you can apply and receive the sign-up bonus. If you have a business – even selling things on eBay, or a small side business – you possibly could get approved for the business version of either card. Just something to consider. There’s a link at the very bottom of each card’s sign-up page stating, “Looking for a Business Card?” – click it to see the Delta business card offerings.
Of course, as noted above, you can always check the No Lifetime Language link to see if that’s an option.
With any credit card, but especially American Express credit cards, you want to grab the largest sign-up bonus possible.
While the Gold Delta card has seen a larger sign-up bonus in the past – 75,000 SkyMiles if I remember correctly – the 60,000 mile bonus is pretty good.
And the Platinum Delta and Delta Reserve cards are currently at their highest sign-up bonus levels.
So if you’re in the market for some Delta SkyMiles, now just might be the time to pull the application trigger.