Delta Gold American Express

Some time ago, a blog reader left a comment on a post where I was talking about the great warranty coverage offered by American Express

In his comments, he said he was excited because he had just signed up for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express .

My response (essentially) was: why in the world would you do that?

His answer made sense to me, so I thought I should give fair attention to the fact that we all have different travel plans and preferences.  He said that he often flew on Delta and brought his kids with him.  The baggage savings alone justified getting the credit card.

A few hundred dollars a year in baggage savings is nothing to lightly ignore.

Benefits of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • Earn 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first three months.
  • Annual fee waived for the first year and $95 each year thereafter
  • Priority Boarding on Delta flights
  • First bag free for up to nine people on a reservation

The Problem with Delta:


That’s it.  I actually like Delta aircraft and really enjoyed their Detroit lounge last time I passed through there.

The only problem is that it’s harder to find low level availability on Delta than it is on other major airlines like American, United, and US Airways.

But, like all programs, it’s nice to have some miles because every program has benefits.  Here’s how Delta came through for me last summer.

Situations Where I’d Recommend the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express:

  • You fly Delta and want to take advantage of the free baggage savings.
  • You fly Delta, but you don’t check bags and want to be sure you have overhead bin space (Priority Boarding).
  • You’re trying to diversify your mileage accounts and want to start building some SkyMiles.

I guess the moral of the story is this – the Delta SkyMiles wouldn’t be my first or primary award credit card.  The sign up bonus is less than most (but so also is the minimum spend), and the miles have a reputation of being hard to use.  However, if you’re looking at filling in an American Express slot on your next churn, there are justifiable reasons to get this card.