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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express Review

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There once was a time that pulling out your “gold card” showed you were an important person in the world. If you can remember that far back, you know that credit card issuers reserved gold status for people with high incomes. These days however, gold status means absolutely nothing in the credit card world. Even though the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express may have a historically impressive name, the question is whether the offer is worthwhile.

The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express opens with a welcome bonus offer of 30,000 bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in the first three months of Cardmembership and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. The welcome bonus offer is not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months or any other consumer Delta SkyMiles credit card within the last ninety days.

The standard rewards program on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express offers:

  • Two miles for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying Delta and Delta Vacation purchases
  • One mile for every dollar spent on other eligible purchases

Even though you may find this reward program to be a little light when compared to others, this airline miles credit card has an additional benefit. When you book a flight with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and fly Delta, your first checked bag is free. In fact, that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.

The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express also offers “Premium Travel Perks” such as Priority Boarding. There is an annual fee of $95 associated with this card, however American Express offers a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year of card membership, after which the annual fee of $95 begins.

If Delta is your airline of choice and you find yourself traveling often, the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express is a card to consider. The amount of money you’ll save in checked baggage fees, along with a good rewards program could mean thousands of savings every year. To complete an application or read more about this offer and to review the terms and restrictions of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express for yourself click on the links in this post. Terms and Restrictions Apply.

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Important Note! The information in this article is believed to be accurate as of the date it was written. Please keep in mind that offers change frequently. Therefore, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Please verify all terms and conditions of any credit or charge card prior to applying.

Updated April 14, 2014 and originally published April 22, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar shellye ♦107 (Cent)

Welcome back, Flexo. Enjoyed your guest columnists! I just read an article yesterday about British Airways offering a credit card where you get 50K miles for signing up, and another 50k miles if you spend $2,500 in the first 90 days afterward. I haven’t had time to read up on the details, but 100k miles would be enough for two roundtrip tickets to Europe. Maybe you can check it out and give your readers a review…

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avatar Pat S

I still like my AMEX Blue Cash.

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avatar krantcents

The Gold SkyMiles is great for the free bag in itself. A little know fact is you can downgrade to the Blue SkyMiles card and not pay a fee! You lose the free bag perk and earn mile for every two miles flown. .

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avatar Hunter

I’m a little confused. This credit card, and other premium reward pograms are packed with consumer promotions designed to make you use more credit. Using these cards for the rewards is like spending at a casino for the chance of winning…chances are you will be slammed.

Can you think of any other ways to manage cash flow that don’t involve the use of credit?

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avatar Abby Freedman ♦137 (Cent)

I still love my United Airlines card. If you don’t have enough to book a flight with your miles, you can book normally and then apply a credit toward the cost, using your miles.

For example, let’s say a flight takes 30,000 miles and I only have 25,000 in my account. Then I go ahead and book the flight, which costs, say, $350 on United Airlines. I can then have the card company apply my 25,000 credits to the total, which would be $250. So my trip costs only $100.

Of course, it’s great to get full-on free flights. But if you don’t have enough and you have to fly — like when my husband’s good friend got married — it’s a good Plan B for saving money.

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