Big Changes Coming to Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Cards in 2020

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Delta Skymiles Card
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Delta and American Express are making some pretty major changes to their co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards, the companies announced Monday in an email to cardholders and in a press release.

The good news is that there are some improvements to the cards’ perks, especially when it comes to earning miles. The bad news is that those improvements come with a hike in annual fees for most cards. Here’s what you need to know…

Get Ready to Pay More for Your American Express Delta SkyMiles Card

As a Delta SkyMiles American Express cardholder myself, I received an email Monday laying out the changes. In it, the companies are clearly trying to play up the new benefits and downplay the annual fee hikes.

American Express Delta Skymiles Credit Card email

In the press release, Delta’s Senior Vice President for Customer Engagement & Loyalty and CEO of Delta Vacations Sandeep Dube explains what drove the changes, which are effective January 30, 2020:

“We’re constantly listening to our customers and spent the last year digging deep on what they expect from an industry-leading Card. The result is a diverse portfolio of redesigned Cards that will deliver rich rewards and benefits that give travelers unmatched options that fit their lifestyle needs. Each Card is tailored to what our customers have told us is most important to them — ranging from ways to earn even more miles to travel perks along the way.”

Here’s how the changes look for all of the cards in the Delta SkyMiles American Express consumer portfolio. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all of the change to the cards, but of changes that are likely to affect the most cardholders. You can get more details here:

Highlights of Changes to American Express Delta SkyMiles Consumer Cards (Effective January 30, 2020)
Card New Benefits Current Benefits New Annual Fee Old Annual Fee
Delta Skymiles American Express Blue card

Delta SkyMiles Blue American Express Card

  • Ability to Pay with Miles (reduce the cost of a flight using miles)
  • 2x miles at restaurants worldwide
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No ability to pay with miles
  • 2x miles at U.S. restaurants only
  • 2.7% foreign transaction fee
  • None
  • None
Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card

Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card

  • 2x miles at U.S. supermarkets
  • 2X miles at restaurants worldwide
  • $100 Delta flight credit after $10,000 of spending in a year
  • 1x miles all purchases
  • No flight credit
  • $99
  • $95 after $0 intro annual fee for first year
Delta Skymiles Platinum American Express

Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card

  • 2x miles at U.S. supermarkets
  • 2X miles at restaurants worldwide
  • 3x miles at hotels
  • 3x miles on Delta
  • Up to $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • 1x miles on all purchases
  • 2x miles on Delta
  • No fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • $250
  • $195
Delta Skymiles Reserve American Express Card

Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card

  • Access to American Express Centurion Lounge
  • 2 Delta Sky Club one-time guest passes
  • 3x miles on Delta
  • Access to complimentary upgrades for card members without Medallion Status
  • Up to $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • No access to American Express Centurion Lounge
  • $29 to bring guests into Delta Sky Club
  • 2x miles on Delta
  • No complimentary upgrades for card members without Medallion Status
  • No fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • $550
  • $450

Delta and American Express have also announced that new card members who sign up for one of these cards between October 1 and October 30, 2019 are eligible for some special welcome offers, including 60,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 on the Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card in the first three months. See more details here.

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