Major Changes to Delta Amex Cards

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Delta has announced some major changes to their entire portfolio of American Express Credit Cards. All their cards will be receiving changes including their business products, however except to see annual fees going up as well.

Highlights include their no-annual Blue card earns 2x at restaurants worldwide and no foreign transaction fees. Their popular Gold SkyMiles card earns a $100 Delta credit after spending 10K annually, but no longer comes with $29 SkyClub access nor is it eligible for the Medallion Qualification Dollar Waiver.

On their premium cards, we see the most changes. The Delta Platinum Amex fee is increased to $250, but now includes Global Entry to TSA Pre-Check, 3X points earning on hotels and Delta, however the previous MQM boosts, become status boosts now so you’ll earn MQMs and not SkyMiles at the spend thresholds. For the Reserve card, it increases to $550 but includes Centurion lounge access (cardholder only), ability to earn 4x Status boosts annually (60,000 MQMs) and Global Entry to TSA Pre-Check credit.


Here’s a rundown of the highlights of each card:

Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: It’s never been easier to get where you’re going with Pay with Miles. Now enjoy no foreign transaction fees* and earn double miles at restaurants around the world.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: Earn 2X Miles at Restaurants and U.S. Supermarkets, get rewarded whether you’re eating out or cooking in. Plus, continue to enjoy other benefits at the airport like your First Checked Bag Free.

Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card: Whether you’re looking for an elevated travel experience, travel rewards or more everyday ways to earn miles, your Card has something new for you. Earn more miles on Delta purchases, Hotels, Restaurants and U.S. Supermarkets.

Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express: You’ll have more ways to build a premium travel experience with new benefits like additional lounge access and opportunities to earn your best boosts yet toward Medallion Status.

See airline credit card offers page for current offers.


To celebrate, American Express and Delta have created generous limited time offers for select Cards across the portfolio, which will be available from Oct. 1 – 30, 2019. To take advantage of the offer, customers can apply any time between Oct. 1 – 30, 2019, and the new benefits will be automatically added to the Card on Jan. 30, 2020.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below on these updates to the Delta cards.

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