Last Chance: Earn up to 50,000 Miles and $500 with Elevated Delta Amex Welcome Offers

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express are the cheapest and simplest cards in the Delta lineup. Both are currently offering new members 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months, and up to $300 in statement credits on Delta purchases. During the first 3 months you'll get a 50% rebate on Delta purchases made directly with Delta, meaning if you spend $600 you'll get the maximum $300 back. If you have some upcoming Delta purchases already planned, you can essentially use this to lower your minimum spending requirement from $1,000 to $700. I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.2 cents each, making this bonus worth $660 if you max out the statement credits. 

Both the personal and business Gold Delta cards have a modest $95 annual fee that's waived for the first year, and no fees on foreign transactions. Cardholders will enjoy elite-like perks, such as a first checked bag free for you and up to eight companions, priority boarding and 20% off inflight Delta purchases. These cards earn 2x miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases, and 1x everywhere else.

Platinum Delta Amex and Platinum Delta Business Amex

The mid range Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express are now offering new applicants 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, and up to $500 in statement credits for eligible Delta purchases. Like with the Gold card, you'll receive 50% back on Delta purchases made directly with Delta in the first 3 months, up to $500. If you spend the full $1,000 to max out the statement credits, you'll also be dropping the amount you need to spend in order to earn the bonus miles. I value this bonus at $1,100 total, thanks to a solid haul of miles and up to $500 in free Delta airfare. 

The Platinum cards come with a higher annual fee of $195 (not waived for the first year), but also enhanced perks to make up for it. You'll enjoy all the same benefit as with the Gold card, in addition to an annual companion certificate that's valid for travel in the main cabin. You can also take advantage of Delta's Miles Boost, which lets you earn 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) after spending $25,000 in a calendar year, and another 10,000 of each after spending $50,000.

Bottom Line

While we've seen elevated bonuses on Delta credit cards before, this is the highest cash back value I can remember seeing on this lineup of cards. If you're looking to take advantage of one of these welcome offers and earn tens of thousands of miles or hundreds of dollars in free Delta airfare, you only have one day left to act. This limited time offer is only valid through August 15th, 2019. 

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. 

Some credit cards leave you guessing about if or when they'll ever raise their bonuses above the standard public offer, but with Delta's lineup of cobranded Amex credit cards you know that if you wait patiently enough, you're likely to get a few cracks each year at a limited time elevated welcome bonus.

The latest such iteration of this deal saw Amex shift the focus from more miles to offering cash back statement credits for Delta purchases. You still have one more day to earn up to 50,000 Delta Miles and $500 back by applying for select Delta credit cards through August 15th. Currently only the entry level Delta Gold and mid-tier Delta Platinum cards have elevated offers, with the business and personal versions offering identical bonuses.

Gold Delta Amex and Gold Delta Business Amex

The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express are the cheapest and simplest cards in the Delta lineup. Both are currently offering new members 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months, and up to $300 in statement credits on Delta purchases. During the first 3 months you'll get a 50% rebate on Delta purchases made directly with Delta, meaning if you spend $600 you'll get the maximum $300 back. If you have some upcoming Delta purchases already planned, you can essentially use this to lower your minimum spending requirement from $1,000 to $700. I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.2 cents each, making this bonus worth $660 if you max out the statement credits. 

Both the personal and business Gold Delta cards have a modest $95 annual fee that's waived for the first year, and no fees on foreign transactions. Cardholders will enjoy elite-like perks, such as a first checked bag free for you and up to eight companions, priority boarding and 20% off inflight Delta purchases. These cards earn 2x miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases, and 1x everywhere else.

Platinum Delta Amex and Platinum Delta Business Amex

The mid range Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express are now offering new applicants 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, and up to $500 in statement credits for eligible Delta purchases. Like with the Gold card, you'll receive 50% back on Delta purchases made directly with Delta in the first 3 months, up to $500. If you spend the full $1,000 to max out the statement credits, you'll also be dropping the amount you need to spend in order to earn the bonus miles. I value this bonus at $1,100 total, thanks to a solid haul of miles and up to $500 in free Delta airfare. 

The Platinum cards come with a higher annual fee of $195 (not waived for the first year), but also enhanced perks to make up for it. You'll enjoy all the same benefit as with the Gold card, in addition to an annual companion certificate that's valid for travel in the main cabin. You can also take advantage of Delta's Miles Boost, which lets you earn 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) after spending $25,000 in a calendar year, and another 10,000 of each after spending $50,000.

Bottom Line

While we've seen elevated bonuses on Delta credit cards before, this is the highest cash back value I can remember seeing on this lineup of cards. If you're looking to take advantage of one of these welcome offers and earn tens of thousands of miles or hundreds of dollars in free Delta airfare, you only have one day left to act. This limited time offer is only valid through August 15th, 2019. 

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy (TPG), the preeminent voice in the industry of points, miles and everything travel-related. Kelly launched TPG in 20...