Posted by William Charles on August 16, 2017
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Published on August 16th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[Rumor] American Express To Launch New No Annual Fee Delta Card [New Info: Delta Blue & MQD Information]

Update: Card has now been officially launched, all details will be covered in that new post found here.

More information: Card will be called Delta Blue. It will come with a 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. Awhile ago there was a rumor that the MQD waiver would not apply for Diamond status (this is across all Delta cards). My source states that there is no indication currently that this is actually the case. My gut feeling is that this that confusion might have all been caused by this new Delta card.

There is a rumor that American Express will be launching a new no annual fee Delta card. This is what is rumored:

  • Sign up bonus of 10,000 miles after $500 in spend
  • 2x miles on Delta & Restaurant purchases
  • 1x miles on all other purchases

Now while this is rumored, I believe it’s true as it comes from a reliable source who correctly told us that the American Express gold card would be discontinued. It’s interesting that this card will also earn 2x miles on restaurant purchases given that the other Delta cards only earn 2x miles on Delta purchases. Apparently American Express used to offer a no annual fee Delta card as well (Delta SkyMiles Options). I personally love when American Express launch new cards because you’re limited to getting the sign up bonus on their cards once per lifetime and it means another card I’m eligible for. The 10,000 mile sign up bonus isn’t inspiring, but fingers crossed that goes up to a higher level of 15,000/20,000 at times.



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matt
matt

Any tentative release date?

I am also interested to know if there’s other benefits.

Jeff
Jeff

This hasn’t been confirmed by Delta yet, so no, no release date

Mike A.
Mike A.

Thanks Doc! It’ll be compelling to me if this no annual fee Delta AMEX were to offer a free checked bag allowance like the other 3 Delta AMEX cards. I’d sign up just for that!

CtownBin
CtownBin

I’d be shocked if it has this benefit- none of the other non-AF airline con-branded cards give free checked bag. If it did, so many people would sign up for the card, keep it forever without using it, and never pay a bag fee again- doesn’t sound too profitable for the airlines 🙂

Shin
Shin

Hope it comes out in time for my to PC my platinum.

Matt
Matt

I believe that Platinum card (charge card) can not be PC’d to a credit card. and this new card will be a credit card.

Rob
Rob

I’m encouraged by Amex’s recent moves. It shows that they are starting to realize the issue they have is keeping their cards compelling past year 1. Adding 2x earning or better in certain categories (or on all categories like the Blue Business Plus) and charging no annual fee makes it much more compelling to consider holding longer term. Although I must say raising the fee on the Platinum card to $550 doesn’t jive with this.

PT
PT

Most airline cards seem tailored for people who fly a certain carrier frequently.

We need more no-fee card options like this for people who may tend to fly a particular airline and always fly every year, but are a light enough traveler to not be able to really justify fee-based cards. It also provides a downgrade/upgrade path for those who see a change in their flying patterns (job change, moved, medical condition that makes it harder to fly, etc). Wouldn’t this actually make it easier for people to keep a card, especially if the no-fee card has additional side benefits?

John G
John G

A complimentary free bag is the make or break for any carrier card in my opinion. ( Southwest excluded )

Guy Bucktastik
Guy Bucktastik

If you have a southwest airlines credit card from chase, 2 checked bags are included in the ticket price.

Guy Formage
Guy Formage

From their baggage policy page, “Southwest will accept the first two checked bags for free”. True of any flights on Southwest regardless of CC holder/elite statuses or method of purchase.

Juno
Juno

2 checked bags free policy is not linked to any credit cards. It’s the company policy on every flight.

UNIMPRESSEDDUDE
UNIMPRESSEDDUDE

Meh. Delta Skymiles? What are those again?

Darvin Ray
Darvin Ray

This would be a great card to downgrade to as I rarely fly Delta anymore, but i want to keep my credit history with amex.

Beth
Beth

I currently have a blue colored no annual fee delta Amex which was a downgrade from a gold several years ago. It has no perks except Amex offers.

tinytavosa
tinytavosa

mmm gotta love any no fee downgrade route. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the heads up on this possibility Doc.

Josh
Josh

Just downgraded my Delta Gold. Bummer!

Mo
Mo

What did you downgrade to, if I may ask?
Also, what’s bummer about it if you will be eligible for the new one?

Josh
Josh

Whoops. Meant canceled* the card. But I could have downgraded the gold to this one without having to cancel I guess

Dave P
Dave P

Makes me wonder if the 2x miles on dining could also be added to the existing Delta Gold card. Doesn’t make sense to have the no-annual-fee card have a better earning structure than the paid card, does it?

Josh
Josh

See Chase Ink Cash v Ink Preferred.

DrRyan_L
DrRyan_L

They offered me a downgrade option to a no fee delta card in May. I didnt pay attention to the details because a took a mileage bonus to keep my delta gold.

Darvin Ray
Darvin Ray

great card to downgrade my delta gold into this as i rarely fly delta now.

Darvin Ray
Darvin Ray

My guess is this AMEX Blue Delta Skymiles is going to replace the AMEX Classic Delta Skymiles. Because it seems pointless to pay $55 a year for a card that does nothing but earn 1 mile per dollar (2mile per dollar on delta fights.)
If so, then this card will also have: Foreign Transaction Fee of 2.7%, No Priority Boarding, No Free Check-in bags,

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