New Changes to Delta Cards Means More Benefits in 2020

Delta is upping the fee for several of their cards, but you can expect an increase in benefits too.

 

Delta, partnered with American Express, is making over its travel reward credit cards starting January 2020.

While a lot of the recent news of credit card changes has been disappointing—we’re looking at you Barclayscard—most of Delta’s card changes are for the better. Current and future cardholders can expect higher annual fees, but better benefits that they will actually use.

To balance the changes to Delta cards, the issuer is offering bigger sign-up bonuses now until October 30th. Applying for a Delta card now also allows you to secure the lower annual fee until your renewal date. For example, you can apply for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card for $0 and earn 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $2,000 in your first three months, and you can earn a $50 statement credit for your first Delta purchase. Starting in 2020, the Gold Delta Skymiles® will have a $99 annual fee.

Delta is overhauling four consumer cards, so let’s get to a quick breakdown of what’s changing for 2020.

Changes to Delta Cards Starting 2020

There will be slight changes to Delta’s seven consumer cards and business cards. Each card is impacted in a different way. Here’s what you need to know about the consumer card changes. All other perks of the cards remain intact, but it is best to look up individual cards for a full list of terms and benefits.

Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • Earn 2 miles per dollar for all restaurant spending worldwide versus U.S. dining only
  • No more foreign transaction fee
  • Cardholders can now pay with the cash value of miles through Delta’s “Pay with Miles” feature

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • $99 annual fee, up from $0 fee for the first year and $95 each year after
  • Now earn 2 miles per dollar spent on all restaurants and U.S. supermarkets
  • Earn a $100 Delta flight credit after spending $10,000 a year with the card
  • Access to Delta Sky Club is eliminated

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • $250 annual fee, up from $199
  • Earn 3 miles per dollar spent on Delta flights and select hotel stays. Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on  on all restaurants and U.S. supermarkets
  • Receive a $100 credit for the application fee for either Global Entry or TSA Precheck.
  • Access Delta Sky Club for $39 per visit (currently it is $29 per visit)
  • “Miles Boost” will now be called “Status Boost” and in 2020, cardholders will earn Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) when they spend a set amount on the card. But they will no longer earn bonus miles on top of the MQMs

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

  • $550 annual fee, up from $450
  • Earn 3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases
  • Receive a $100 credit for the application fee for either Global Entry or TSA Precheck.
  • Receive complimentary access to American Express Centurion Lounges in addition to Delta Sky Club lounges
  • Receive two one-time-use guest passes for Delta Sky Club
  • Receive four status boosts annually and access to complimentary upgrades
  • Sky Priority Security Lane Access perk is removed
  • “Miles Boost” will now be called “Status Boost” and in 2020, cardholders will earn Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) when they spend a set amount on the card. But they will no longer earn bonus miles on top of the MQMs

Alternative Travel Rewards Credit Cards

If you aren’t impressed by the recent changes to Delta cards, then check out our Credit Card Hub for more reviews and breakdowns of the best cards on the market.

Here are a few travel cards you might like instead:

  • Bank of America Premium Rewards Card: Earn up to 3.5X points on dining and travel and receive $100 credit for both incidental airline fees and TSA PreCheck or Global Entry reimbursement. Read our full review of Bank of America’s Premium Rewards Card.
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: There is a $95 annual fee for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and new cardholders can earn 60,000 bonus points (worth $750 in travel) when they spend $4,000 in their first 3 months. Other perks include no foreign transaction fee and points earned can be redeemed for 25% more when used for travel through Chase’s travel partners.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve Card: Similar to the Sapphire Preferred, the Reserve card comes with travel perks like a $300 annual travel credit. New cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $750 in travel) when they spend $4,000 in their first 3 months. Points are worth 50% more when redeemed for travel.

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Ashley Eneriz

Ashley Eneriz is a personal finance writer based in Southern California. She loves a good deal and is not afraid to dig through a thrift store to score amazing finds. When not writing about money, she is taking care of her three girls, homeschooling, or stuck with her nose in a book.

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