Soon: Earn Bonus SkyMiles on Delta Amex Cards at Restaurants, Other Spending
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Soon: Earn Bonus SkyMiles on Delta Amex Cards at Restaurants, Other Spending

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced banks, airlines, hotel chains, and others to get creative with credit cards, adding new perks to keep cardholders interested at a time when travel is largely on pause. Now, the suite of Delta’s co-branded American Express cards is getting another bonus.

From the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card to the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card and even the top-tier Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card, Delta and Amex are adding bigger bonus categories for restaurants, purchases with Delta, and more – with no limit on how many bonus SkyMiles you can earn! There’s also a way for select cardholders to earn towards Delta Medallion status for 2022 (since all status was automatically extended through 2021).

These offers are targeted, so not everyone will be eligible. Existing eligible cardholders will get an email to enroll in the offers, which run through Dec. 31, 2020.

These offers come after some elevated bonuses for putting supermarket spending on Delta cards lapsed at the end of July. It’s a  savvy way to encourage Delta cardholders to keep charging expenses to their Delta cards  – especially on travel.

Thrifty Tip: All Delta flights booked by Aug. 31, 2020 can be changed or canceled (for a voucher) for free.

Read more for details on the offers for each Delta card.

 

Delta SkyMiles Gold Card Offers

  • Earn 4x SkyMiles per dollar spent at restaurants – including takeout and delivery – through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 2x)
  • Earn 5x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 2x)
  • Must have an eligible card prior to July 25, 2020
  • Must enroll by Dec. 31, 2020
  • Offer is targeted, so not every cardholder will be eligible
  • No limit to how many SkyMiles you can earn on spending through Dec. 31, 2020

 

Gold Delta SkyMiles Card
 

Click Here to learn more about the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card. 

 

Delta SkyMiles Platinum Offers

  • Earn 5x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 3x)
  • Earn 500 SkyMiles and 500 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) for every $1,000 spent on the card – for up to 25,000 bonus SkyMiles and 25,000 bonus MQMs total through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Must have an eligible card prior to July 1, 2020
  • Must enroll by Dec. 31, 2020
  • Offer is targeted, so not every cardholder will be eligible
  • No limit to how many SkyMiles you can earn on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020

 

Delta Credit Card Offers
 

Click Here to learn more about the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card. 

 

Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Offers

  • Earn 5x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 3x)
  • Earn 500 SkyMiles and 500 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) for every $1,000 spent on the card – for up to 25,000 bonus SkyMiles and 25,000 bonus MQMs total through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Must have an eligible card prior to July 1, 2020
  • Must enroll by Dec. 31, 2020
  • Offer is targeted, so not every cardholder will be eligible
  • No limit to how many SkyMiles you can earn on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020

 

Delta Credit Card Offers
 
Click Here to learn more about the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card. 

 

Our Analysis

Getting travelers to keep their travel rewards credit cards open – and keep them at the front of their wallets – is the name of the game right now.

It’s clear that’s exactly Delta’s goal with offering bonuses for spending on Delta cards at restaurants and for purchases at Delta. Along with flying as a whole, spending on travel has dropped precipitously. Delta is hoping some bonus SkyMiles will get more travelers booking future flights – and using their Delta credit cards when they do it.

The ability to earn additional bonus SkyMiles as well as Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) on the Platinum and Reserve cards is particularly interesting.

Read more: Is Delta Medallion Status Worth It?

MQMs are an essential building block toward Delta status. And while Delta has extended all status all the way through 2021, earning status for 2022 is another matter with few people flying. Luckily, all current MQM earning will roll over to earn status again for 2022.

By maxing out this offer, you could earn enough MQMs to requalify for Delta Silver Status for 2022. That would require $50,000 in spending on your eligible Platinum or Reserve card. And unfortunately, any spending this year will not roll over toward the separate Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) requirements for earning status for 2022.

 

Bottom Line

Even with travel on hold, there’s no bad time to earn some additional Delta SkyMiles. While there might be more lucrative cards out there to use when you’re eating out or for your everyday spend, this might just be enough to keep your Delta co-branded cards at the front of your wallet.

Watch your inbox for an email to enroll in these offers!

 

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