American Express has upped the bonus offer on the Delta Platinum Business SkyMiles credit card back to 70,000 SkyMiles, but has changed the rules to qualify. The card isn’t just for formal business owners, but anyone who has self employment income, a consulting business or even a side job. Update 9/20/18 – This offer has ended
New cardholders will earn an automatic 35,000 mile bonus after spending $1,000 in the first three months after approval. For the remaining 35,000, cardholders will have to spend an additional $6,000 in the first six months.
AMEX and Delta have set up a rolling bonus, whereby purchases on the card net five SkyMiles per dollar for the first six months, or until the cardholder accrues the total 70,000 mile bonus. Currently the arrangement is set to expire at the end of July.
The intro bonus held steady at 50,000 miles since April, when the previous 70,000 mile offer expired. That 70k offer kicked in after just $3,000 in spending, and included 10,000 free Medallion (elite) Qualification Miles.
The current Delta Platinum offer includes 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles, which has been the ongoing offer for the card.
Who Is This Good For?
Delta SkyMiles are not a good currency for outsiders looking to rack up flights using credit card spend. The pejorative term for SkyMile is SkyPeso. Delta continues to make its award seat inventory pricier and more restrictive.
For anyone who regularly flies Delta, however, the bonus on the Platinum card could be potentially very valuable. It is still possible to book a DeltaOne seat to Europe or South America for 70,000 SkyMiles.
While the spend requirement is higher than it has been, this matches the highest bonus SkyMiles offer made available to date.
What Does The Card Cost, What Comes With?
Amex and Delta charge a $195 annual fee on the Delta Platinum card. Unlike the gold card, the fee isn’t waived for the first year. The card comes with some other perks that can easily make up the fee cost.
- One companion certificate, good for a by-one-get-one domestic round-trip ticket on Delta, which becomes available on each card anniversary.
- $100 statement credit on any Delta purchase (for first year)
- Free checked bag for cardholder and guests traveling with.
- Group 1 boarding.
- A 20 percent discount on inflight purchases (alcohol and meals).
Full disclosure, I’ve had this card for two years and keep it just for the companion certificate, which can easily be worth twice the fee or more.
Notable: the companion certificate is earned on the card anniversary, not at sign-up, so new cardholders have to wait one year to enjoy that benefit.
Who Can Apply?
Unlike Chase, American Express does not limit the number of cards one can sign-up for, nor the number of bonus offers one can qualify for.
Anyone who has held the Delta Platinum card before does not qualify for the bonus, but first-time Delta Platinum cardholders do qualify for the intro bonus if they have had another Delta card, like the Gold SkyMiles or Blue SkyMiles card.
Only SkyMiles members can apply, but SkyMiles accounts are free and can be set up at delta.com in a matter of minutes.
SkyMiles aren’t best frequent flyer currency, but 70,000 of them can still go a long way. Business class to Europe, or round-trip economy class, is within reach of the introductory bonus on this card.
Just make sure you have $7,000 to spend in six months to qualify for the full offer.