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Updated March 7, 2014

Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Review: 30,000 Bonus Miles Offer


Frequent Delta flyers will enjoy the 30,000 bonus mile introductory offer and travel perks of the Gold Delta SkyMiles card from American Express. Like most other airline cards, this one does have an annual fee, but in our opinion, frequent flyers will find that it’s actually a good investment for the points and perks they receive.

4/9/2014 Update: We're sorry, Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is no longer available on CreditDonkey. This offer may have been discontinued or may no longer be available to new applicants.

Overall Score

3.8

Rewards

4.0

Fees

3.5

Benefits

4.0
5-point scale (the higher, the better)

Pros and Cons

  • Bonus Delta miles offer
  • One free checked bag
  • Priority boarding
  • $95 annual fee
  • 2.7% foreign transaction fee

Bottom Line

Good airline credit card for someone who travels heavily with Delta airlines

Mile Rewards

When you make a purchase with the Gold Delta SkyMiles card, you earn miles on your account. Delta purchases earn 2 miles per dollar spent, everything else earns 1 mile per dollar. You can redeem a round trip domestic flight for as little as 25,000 miles. Visit Delta's Mileage Chart and start dreaming of your next vacation.

Your miles can also be redeemed for discounts on Delta airfare. 10,000 air miles gets you a $100 discount, for example. There is a minimum redemption threshold of 10,000 miles, though, so you may have trouble earning bonuses if you don’t spend a lot on your card.

Introductory Offers

New Gold Delta SkyMiles customers can take advantage of several introductory offers. Spend $1,000 on the card within the first three months of opening the account and you’re eligible for an initial bonus of 30,000 miles – enough to redeem a round trip domestic flight. As an added bonus, if you make a Delta purchase with your new card within your first 3 months you'll earn a $50 statement credit.

As an added bonus, American Express waives the card’s annual fee for the first year. After the first year, you need to pay an annual fee of $95 to keep the Gold Delta SkyMiles card.

Travel Perks

The Gold Delta SkyMiles card lets you enjoy a number of perks while traveling with Delta airlines. For starters, you’ll get to check one bag for free on all Delta flights. This bonus applies for up to 9 travelers on your reservation, the savings will be significant if you travel with a large group.

When you book a Delta flight with this card, you also automatically receive Priority Boarding for your flight, even if you don’t have status with Delta.

Travel Insurance

Cardholders have access to insurance against car rental loss or damage and travel accidents. Frequent travelers will find these perks especially valuable.

Other Perks

In addition to the two types of travel insurance mentioned above, Gold Delta SkyMiles cardholders enjoy extended warranties on eligible purchases and 24 hour roadside assistance.

Pros

  • Earns miles on all purchases. 1 mile for every dollar on regular purchases and 2 miles for every dollar spent with Delta Air Lines
  • Introductory offer of 30,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 in the first three months
  • Annual fee waived for the first year
  • Travel perks with Delta like one free checked bag per flight and Priority Boarding.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee ($0 intro annual fee for the first year)

Bottom Line

This is a good airline credit card for someone who travels heavily with Delta airlines.

4/9/2014 Update: We're sorry, Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is no longer available on CreditDonkey. This offer may have been discontinued or may no longer be available to new applicants.

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Disclaimer: This content was first published on May 2, 2012. This content may have been updated on March 7, 2014. Information including APR, terms and benefits may vary, be out of date, or not applicable to you. Information is provided without warranty. Please check the issuer's website for updated information.

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