Attention Delta Air Lines loyalists: Now is the time to sign up for one of the airline’s branded credit cards.

American Express has given a face-lift to its Delta SkyMiles credit cards. Now, when you swipe your card, you’ll be getting closer to your next award faster than before with increased earnings in specific categories. And the cherry on top is that the relaunch comes with some enticing welcome bonuses—some of the highest ever offered from Delta.

Now through April 1, 2020, you can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles with these welcome offers from Delta SkyMiles cards. Here’s how.

Delta SkyMiles Blue Card

Individuals who fly Delta a few times per year can get great use out of the Delta SkyMiles Blue Card. Bearing no annual fee, this is a low-stakes card that doesn’t come with much risk for casual fliers who might be new to Delta’s loyalty program.

The Delta SkyMiles Blue Card has a generous welcome bonus of 15,000 bonus miles after $1,000 in spend within the first three months of opening the account. That might be enough miles for a free round-trip domestic booking in economy, depending on your destination and dates of travel. 

Additional benefits of the Delta SkyMiles Blue Card include:

  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants
  • Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 20% back on in-flight purchases
  • Car rental loss and damage insurance
  • Global Assist hotline
  • No annual fee

Read More: Delta SkyMiles Blue Credit Card Review

Delta SkyMiles Gold Card

Individuals already hooked on Delta who plan to fly more frequently throughout the year, but not enough to earn status, should explore the Delta SkyMiles Gold Card. This card has a modest annual fee of $99 and comes with more incentives for Delta fliers that can make traveling easier (and cheaper) than the SkyMiles Blue Card.

The Delta SkyMiles Gold card’s welcome bonus is a major step up from the Blue card’s. Cardholders will earn 60,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in spend within the first three months of being a cardholder. An additional 10,000 bonus miles are rewarded after the cardholder’s first card anniversary, totaling 70,000 potential bonus miles.

Additional benefits of the Delta SkyMiles Gold Card include:

  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and supermarkets
  • Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • $100 Delta flight credit if you make $10,000 in spend in a calendar year
  • 20% back on in-flight purchases
  • First checked bag is free
  • Priority boarding
  • Car rental loss and damage insurance
  • Global Assist hotline
  • $0 annual fee for first year, then $99

Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card is Delta’s bait for travelers looking for Medallion Status and more cardholder perks. The card’s annual fee of $250 more than covers some exciting card benefits like free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. With higher miles-per-dollar earnings in more categories, cardholders can earn miles faster than with the Delta Blue or Gold SkyMiles cards.

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card has a massive welcome bonus. Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months and an additional 20,000 bonus miles after the account’s first anniversary, totaling 100,000 potential bonus miles. This is a huge welcome bonus. To put it in perspective, we’ve seen round-trip tickets to Europe for as low as 26,000 miles.

Additional benefits of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card include:

  • Earn 3 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases
  • Earn 3 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with hotels
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and supermarkets
  • Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 20% back on in-flight purchases
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority Boarding
  • $100 fee credit for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
  • Companion certificate for domestic travel in the Main Cabin
  • Earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles with $25,000 and $50,000 spend
  • $250 annual fee

Read More: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Credit Card Review

Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card

Individuals who are serious about chasing next-tier Medallion Status or want Delta Sky Club lounge access and have cash to burn will benefit greatly from the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card. The card’s hefty annual fee of $550 will only be worth biting for frequent Delta travelers.

The Delta SkyMIles Reserve Card’s welcome bonus includes more than just bonus miles. Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after $5,000 in spend within the first three months. You’ll earn an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary.

Additional benefits of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card include:

  • Earn 3 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases
  • Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 20% back on in-flight purchases
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority Boarding
  • $100 fee credit for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
  • Companion certificate for domestic travel in first class, Delta Comfort+ or the Main Cabin
  • Earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles with $30,000 spend, up to four times per year
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club access when flying Delta same-day, with two one-time guest passes each year
  • Complimentary Centurion Lounge access, which is an exclusive lounge only for American Express Platinum and Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve cardholders, when you book your Delta flight with your card
  • Upgrade priority over other Medallion members
  • Waived Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement toward Platinum, Gold or Silver status if you make at least $25,000 in purchases in one calendar year
  • $550 annual fee

Which card is right for you?

Delta’s credit cards run on a tier-based system where the lowest fee card offers the least benefits, and the highest offers the most. While considering which card is best for you, keep in mind things like how often you plan to fly Delta this year, how much you’re willing to spend in annual fees and how much the additional benefits are worth to you, like priority boarding and Sky Club access.

If you’re stuck between two cards, run the numbers on each one to compare their value.

While calculating, consider these questions:

How often will you fly and will you check bags? 

If you’re debating whether to pay a $250 annual fee for the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card, remember that you get your first checked bag free on every flight. Delta’s checked bag fees start at $30; if you take five round trips, the checked bag benefit essentially pays off your annual fee. And, if you regularly travel with other people, note that up to eight other passengers traveling on the same reservation also are eligible for a free checked bag.

But if that’s the main benefit that you care about, you can achieve it with the Delta SkyMiles Gold Card with only a $99 annual fee that’s waived the first year.

To make the Delta SkyMiles Platinum card worth paying a higher annual fee than the SkyMiles Gold card, you would want to make sure you can take advantage of the premium benefits like the TSA PreCheck/Global Entry fee credit and the annual companion certificate. 

Do you plan on earning Medallion Status—or want a higher tier next year?

Delta’s SkyMiles credit cards can help travelers reach Medallion Status, which is the airline’s frequent flier status. Having Medallion Status gives fliers the ability to be upgraded when flying Delta, more miles awarded per dollar spent on airline tickets, upgrade certificates, waived fees and more, depending on the tier. (You can read more about Delta Medallion benefits here.)

The lure of Delta’s SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve cards is that they waive the Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs), based on how much you spend on the card. If you take 30 or more flights in a year but aren’t meeting the MQD requirement with your flights alone, this waiver can be a big help. For example, the Silver Medallion Status requires $3,000 MQDs; cardholders who spend at least $25,000 on their card in a calendar year (about $2,100 per month) will have this requirement waived. 

And, even if you’re all set on your MQDs, the Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve cards can help you earn more Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs). The SkyMiles Platinum Card offers 10,000 MQMs after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, up to two times per year. In addition to the MQMs included in its welcome bonus, the SkyMiles Reserve Card offers 15,000 MQMs after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, up to four times per year.

If you have the SkyMiles Reserve Card and spend $30,000 on your card in a calendar year, you’ll be awarded 15,000 MQMs and the MQD waiver. This could make a huge difference in bumping you up to the next level of status. And if you keep spending, you can earn up to 45,000 more bonus MQMs for every $30,000 you spend. 

Bottom Line

Overall, the Delta SkyMiles credit cards are great picks for travelers who want to enjoy additional benefits when flying Delta. If you’ve been considering becoming a cardholder, the increased welcome bonuses make now a great time to apply for a new Delta SkyMiles credit card.