Posted by William Charles on September 7, 2017
Credit Card Review

Published on September 7th, 2017 | by William Charles


American Express Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Now Live – Plus New Application Rule

Update: Card is now available for sign ups. Interestingly you’re not eligible for the sign up bonus if you:

  • Have or have had this product or the Delta SkyMiles® Options Credit Card, or
  • Currently have or have had one of the following products in the last 90 days: Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, or Delta Reserve®Credit Card.

Normally American Express cards just state: “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.” I checked the other Delta cards and they still contain the old language.

As correctly rumored by us American Express has launched a new Delta co-branded credit card called Blue Delta SkyMiles.

  • No annual fee
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 2 miles per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants
    •  2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
    •  1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases
  • Medallion Qualification Dollar Waiver (MQD) until the end of 2017. Starting 1/1/18 spend on this card will not count towards the MQD waiver unless you have another American Express Delta card.
  •  20 percent savings in the form of a statement credit on all eligible in-flight purchases when flying with Delta
  • A welcome offer of earning 10,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases on the Card within the first three months of Card Membership for new Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Member
  • If approved you can get a minimum instant credit limit of at least $1,000 to use on
  • Foreign transaction fee of 2.7%


American Express & Delta are also offering a competition to celebrate the new card. For whatever reason American Express hasn’t actually added the card to their website yet, but we have received the official press release announcing the new card (update: Card will be available starting September 7th. It’s possible they rushed the announcement due to the new Chase United card). What’s interesting is that this no annual fee card earns 2 miles per $1 spent at U.S. Restaurants while the other three co-branded cards with annual fees ($95, $195 and $450 annual fees) don’t. This isn’t that unusual with cards like the American Express Platinum earning at lower rates than cards with lower annual fees. I do suspect that American Express will refresh their other Delta cards at some stage in the future as they have been doing with their whole card portfolio gradually. Those cards do contain benefits this card doesn’t such as bag fee waivers and elite qualifying miles for meeting spend thresholds. It’s also worth noting that other cards earn at a higher rate on restaurant purchases.

What are your thoughts on the new card? Love it or hate it?

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No free checked bag?

not worth a ding against 5/24 IMHO.

There is likely to be a business version…



A unique AmEx product for those that are already well past 5/24, though, and have exhausted a lot of the issuer’s other options.

I downgraded a $95 annual fee delta card to this and was charged $55 fee. Can I ask for a reimbursement? My cards looks identical.

I would call them and ask. Perhaps you were downgraded to a previous unadvertised version of this card that has since been replaced by the new no-fee version.

That’s a completely different card that you switched to, impatient one.

Can I get this card, pick up the 10k bonus and upgrade to the gold then platinum each year and pick up the bonuses without these upgrades counting against the 524 rule?

You do not earn any sign-up bonus for upgrading a card, unless Amex has a special upgrade offer, which I have never seen for any of the Delta cards. You will have to apply for the gold and platinum Delta cards if you want to earn their associated bonuses.

Yes. Im downgrading my delta gold to this card as soon as it becomes available.

Why not close the gold and open the blue to get the signup bonus? Unless you think 10k skypesos aren’t worth the HP….

But in case of downgrading you won’t get a sign-up bonus, right?

Yes, you’ll miss out on the great big sum of 10k Delta miles.

LOL. 10K of delta skypesos is not worth much nowadays. So PCing would be a better move so i can keep my credit history with the card.

I just booked RT flights from MI to CA for 21k miles. I’m guessing once the card is no longer new, welcome bonus will go up to around 20k miles. Then it will be worth it to many people.

What a great way to keep accounts open (and help out your AAoA) if you don’t want to pay the annual fee on the gold card(s).

What about priority boarding? Delta puts you in what is effectively Zone 5 by default if you don’t have one of their cards right now.

This card is a good way to earn Skymiles without paying $95 a year. If they give you early boarding like the other credit cards then it would be a winner.

No forex fee waiver? That’ll be a dealbreaker for int’l travelers and expats.

most no-annual-fee cards from amex charge Foreign Transaction Fees.

I wonder if this will make me eligible for the $100 savings on Clear for being a Delta cardholder.

Previously, the $100 savings would have been negated by the $95 annual fee on the lowest end card.

Foreign transaction fee?

For me the priority boarding is a the deal breaker. If you fly economy domestic with those tiny delta flights, you must have priority boarding otherwise you will be in zone 5 and there will be no room left for your carry ons.

Interesting that it earns 2x on US restaurants when the Delta Gold doesn’t.

initial post mentioned there will be a mqd waiver…does that still stand?


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