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Delta Announces Changes to SkyMiles Credit Cards

American Express and Delta Airlines credit cards now come with impressive new signup bonuses. The changes rolled out this month, including the opportunity to earn up to 100,000 SkyMiles for new accounts. This is the most substantial bonus to-date with Delta co-branded credit cards.

New Signup Bonuses

The most impressive of these offers come with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card and the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Card – both of which also boast a new annual fee. That fee is $550, up from the previous $450. The initial bonus, dependent on meeting minimum spending requirements, is up to 100,000 miles and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs). The new signup bonuses break down as follows:  Personal Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card: 80,000 miles and 20,000 MQMs after making $5,000 in purchases in the first three months; 20,000 miles on the first cardmember anniversary
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card: 80,000 miles after making $3,000 in purchases in the first three months; 20,000 miles on the first cardmember anniversary
  • Delta SkyMiles Gold Card: 60,000 miles after making $2,000 in purchases in the first three months; 10,000 miles on the first cardmember anniversary
  • Delta SkyMiles Blue Card: 15,000 miles after making $1,000 in purchases in the first three months

Business Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

Delta SkyMiles Valuation

Delta SkyMiles currently has a valuation of 1.2 cents each. This places the value of the 100,000 bonus miles for the Platinum SkyMiles and Reserve Cards at $1,200, which is among the best signup bonuses available today. The Gold SkyMiles Cards offer $840 in value, while the Blue consumer card offers $180 in value for the $1,000 spending requirement.

Changes to the SkyMiles Credit Cards

With the new signup bonuses, Amex and Delta have also made changes to the rewards structure and features of some cards. While the most noticeable changes come with the card redesigns, the most significant updates come with the annual fees. The Reserve Cards now feature a yearly fee of $550, up for $450. The Platinum Cards now feature an annual fee of $250 (up from $195), while the Gold Cards have a new yearly charge of $99 (formerly $0 for the first year, $95 after that). Other changes to Amex SkyMiles cards include:  Personal Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

  • Reserve Card: 3X miles on direct Delta purchases (formerly 2X)
  • Platinum Card: 3X miles on direct Delta purchases (formerly 2X) and 2X miles at U.S. supermarkets and worldwide restaurants
  • Gold Card: 2X miles on direct Delta purchases, plus U.S. supermarkets and global dining (formerly only U.S. dining)
  • Blue Card: 2X miles on direct Delta purchases and worldwide dining (previously only U.S. dining)

Business Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

  • Reserve for Business Card: 3X miles on direct Delta purchases (formerly 2X); 1.5X miles on purchases after making $150,000 in purchases in a calendar year
  • Platinum for Business Card: 3X on direct purchases with Delta and hotels (formerly 2X); 1.5X miles on purchases over $5,000
  • Gold for Business Card: 2X miles on direct Delta purchases, plus on worldwide dining, U.S. advertising, and U.S. shipping

About Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is one of the largest carriers in the world, shuttling more than 190 million customers to over 325 destinations worldwide each year. Delta is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, which also includes names like Air France / KLM and Korean Air. The release of new changes to SkyMiles credit cards follows on the heels of Delta’s acquisition in a stake of LATAM, the largest carrier in Latin America. This alliance further bolsters Delta’s global reach, offering unparalleled access to South and Central America.

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