Best Credit Card Design Ever? With 100,000 Point Offer On New Delta Card

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Chase used to take a signature sample from J.P. Morgan Palladium card cardholders, and use that to laser-engrave the signature on the back of the card. That was pretty cool, but sadly no longer in existence.

I wonder if now the new design choice for the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card is the coolest in the history of credit cards, at least for a travel-card?

American Express has launched big offers for their Delta credit cards, but the biggest and sexiest is for their premium Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card.

The New Card Offers

The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card has a limited time offer: Earn 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. (Offer ends 8/3/2022.)

This is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99 annual fee card. That makes this the most cost-effective of the new offers. (See rates and fees,)

The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card has a limited time offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. (Offer ends 8/3/2022.)

In addition this card lets you earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.

This is a $250 annual fee card (Sdee rates and fees), and comes with a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required.

The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card has a limited time offer: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. (Offer ends 8/3/2022.)

In addition, you can earn up to 60,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 15,000 MQMs up to four times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. (MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.)

This is the card that provides complimentary access into the Delta Sky Club® for you when travelling on a Delta flight. Enjoy complimentary access to The Centurion® Lounge or Escape lounges -The Centurion® Studio Partner when you book a Delta flight with your Reserve Card.

You also receive a domestic First Class, Delta Comfort+® or domestic Main Cabin round trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.*Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. This is a $550 annual fee card. (See Rates & Fees)

New Delta Reserve Card Made From A Boeing 747

When you apply for a Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card, you can choose your Card’s design: limited edition “Boeing 747 metal*, classic metal or 70% reclaimed plastic.”

The new Boeing 747 design is made with 25% metal from a retired Boeing 747 aircraft – originally delivered to Northwest Airlines, ship 6307 became part of the Delta fleet when these two airlines merged. There’s naturally a limited amount of cards they can issue from this plane, so those interested shouldn’t wait.

The aircraft flew for 27 years, had over 14,000 cycles, and was in the air for over 16,000 hours across 68 million miles. More than 4 million passengers flew on this plane.

Packaged with the card is “exclusive content via an augmented reality experience created especially for card members, which includes Boeing 747 history, interviews with Delta pilots and crew members, and an up-close look at Delta Ship #6307’s transformation from a passenger plane into the card design.”

I am not usually impressed by card design. I like an attractive card, but it isn’t a reason to get or use a card. But I really do want this – I find it very tempting. Would I want to use it though or sock drawer it to keep it in pristine condition? Earning Delta miles for spend tips me to the latter.

Current Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card cardholders can request a replacement card with this design, it isn’t available just to new accountholders.

The offer of 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months makes the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card with this 747 design a no-brainer, I think.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, click here
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, click here
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, click here


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