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Delta SkyMiles Cards Are Offering Better 2020 Benefits—If You Sign Up Now

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Delta SkyMiles Cards Are Offering Better 2020 Benefits—If You Sign Up Now

If you’ve been itching to get another travel rewards credit card for the sweet, sweet signup bonus, there’s a brand new—but very familiar—option to consider. Delta and American Express are relaunching all their co-branded SkyMiles rewards cards. The new card benefits won’t launch until January 30, 2020, but in the meantime, there are some huge…

If you’ve been itching to get another travel rewards credit card for the sweet, sweet signup bonus, there’s a brand new—but very familiar—option to consider.

Delta and American Express are relaunching all their co-branded SkyMiles rewards cards. The new card benefits won’t launch until January 30, 2020, but in the meantime, there are some huge signup offers available.

All the cards offer will offer least two miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases and two miles per dollar spent at restaurants (currently, cardholders earn one mile per dollar spent). The Platinum and Reserve cards include a $100 credit towards Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, and the Reserve card offers access to American Express Centurion Lounges. The two top cards also give you three miles for each dollar spent on Delta purchases.

But the real draw is the bonuses. Take a look:

New Delta SkyMiles American Express Signup Bonuses

Here are the signup bonuses for the four redesigned personal cards:

Blue Delta SkyMiles card: Earn 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $500 in your first three months. The card has no annual fee.

Gold Delta SkyMiles card: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on your card in your first three months. The card has a $95 annual fee after the first year.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (you normally earn MQM based on the distance you’ve flown to get airline status) after you spend $3,000 in your first three months. The card has an annual fee of $195, which will increase to $250 per year if you apply after January 30, 2020.

Delta Reserve card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after you spend $5,000 in your first three months. The card has an annual fee of $450, which will increase to $550 per year if you apply after January 30, 2020.

You have to apply in October to be eligible for the signup bonuses, which you can start spending toward immediately. Once January 30 rolls around, you’ll get the enhanced card benefits.

If you already have a SkyMiles card, you can keep using it. The new benefits will automatically kick in on January 30. At that time, you’ll be able to use your Global Entry credit, get into lounges, or earn flight credits, depending on the card you already have. Delta offers a cheat sheet of the new benefits, if you want to take a peek.

These are the best signup bonuses around right now

The signup offers for the Delta/American Express lineup is only available for a limited time, but the rewards are substantially higher over comparable cards.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card gives you 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in three months, and Capital One’s Venture card offers a 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000. Even signing up for the Gold SkyMiles card, which seems so tame compared to the Platinum and Reserve options, could get you a top-notch bonus without having to spend quite as much.

As far as other specific airline cards go, the United Explorer Visa card offers 40,000 miles when you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first three months. The American Airlines Advantage Citi card offers 50,000 when you spend $2,500 in your first three months.

But SkyMiles don’t expire, a major advantage among travel reward critics. Wallethub has ranked SkyMiles the best airline loyalty programs for four years running

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