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Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card Review

overall rating
3.1

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Refreshed by an updated rewards structure and new incentives, the Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express card has a $99 annual fee (waived for the first year) and provides rewards of 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases and select business expenses. There's a 60,000-mile bonus after spending $3,000 in new card purchases in the first three months of account membership and a $100 annual credit if you spend $10,000 in purchases a calendar year.

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business Card

Overall Rating
3.1
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business Card
On American Express' Secured Site.
Current Offer

Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first 3 months. Offer ends 10/28/2020.

Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 15.74% - 24.74% variable
Annual Fee $0 for the first year, then $99
Rewards Earning Rate Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta, U.S. shipping and advertising purchases, and at restaurants. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
Cash Advance APR (%) 25.24%
Cash Advance Fee Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater.
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The Delta Skymiles Gold Business Card is not one of our top-rated airline credit cards. You can review our list of the best airline credit cards for what we think are better options.

Full Review of Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card

Pros
  • Annual statement credit that justifies the card’s annual fee after year one

  • Easy-to-earn one-time offer

Cons
  • Lacks luxury benefits

Pros Explained

  • Annual Statement Credit That Justifies the Card's Annual Fee After Year One: If you spend at least $10,000 on the card, the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business from American Express annually gives you a $100 Delta eCredit, in addition to the points you earn on those purchases., for a goal that most businesses should be able to reach fairly easily—since it’s an average of only about $830 a month in spending. 
  • Easy-to-Earn Bonus Offer: At $1,000 over three months, the required spending to earn this card’s 60,000-mile bonus offer is also relatively easy to meet. The offers with competing cards often require spending of up to $5,000.

Cons Explained

  • Lacks Luxury Benefits: Like most of its airline-card competitors, the Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express card provides such flight extras as priority boarding and a free checked bag. Still, it lacks the luxury benefits found on other, albeit more expensive, Delta SkyMiles cards. Those pluses include the likes of an annual companion certificate and access to the Amex and Delta airport lounges. If such items are priorities for you, you may want to consider paying extra to get the Platinum or Delta Reserve cards. 

This Card is Best For

  • Avatar for Loyalty Status Seeker Persona
    Seeks the recognition and perks of branded travel partner status
    Loyalty Status Seeker
  • Avatar for Frequent Flyer Persona
    Flies often for business or leisure
    Frequent Flyer
  • Avatar for International Traveler Persona
    Travels outside of U.S. on occasion or frequently
    International Traveler
  • Avatar for Business Owner Persona
    Earning a primary or side income from a small business
    Business Owner

The Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express is best suited to small businesses and their employees who fly Delta and its partners, but not often enough that a pricier Delta card would make financial sense. It's a better fit if your business regularly spends a lot on dining or domestic shipping and advertising, since those purchases, too, earn the same 2 miles per dollar as Delta transactions.

You needn’t spend a lot in those 2-mile-per-dollar reward categories to recoup this card’s $99 annual fee. Charging just over $3,200 a year on a combination of Delta flights, shipping, and advertising would do the trick, based on Investopedia's estimate that Delta SkyMiles are worth 1.54 cents each.

This card might also be a worthwhile acquisition for occasional Delta fliers who check a bag whenever they fly domestic. With their first checked bag free on such flights, cardholders would save $60 on a round-trip flight, and up to eight companions on their reservation would also qualify for the benefit.

Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card Bonus Offer 

You earn 60,000 bonus miles after making 3,000 in purchases on the Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express within the first three months of membership. We calculate the value of the offer at $924 when used to buy flights through Delta. The bonus miles post to your account in the form of a statement credit between 8 and 12 weeks after you meet the minimum spending threshold.

You also get a $100 Delta flight credit if you spend $10,000 on the card within the first calendar year of ownership.

Rewards Earning Details

Cardholders earn 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases, including Delta flights, Sky Club membership or passes, in-flight purchases, seat upgrades, and Delta Vacation packages. The card also earns 2 miles per dollar on U.S. shipping, advertising, and at restaurants.

All other purchases on the card earn 1 mile per dollar. Delta SkyMiles do not expire.

Rewards Redemption Details

In order to redeem miles, you must be a member of the Delta SkyMiles rewards program. Miles can be redeemed through Delta's website, by phone, or at a Delta ticket counter.

You can use your miles balance towards flights, seat upgrades, Delta vacation packages, Sky Club membership, gift cards, and experiences. It's also possible to send SkyMiles to friends and family or donate them to charity. 

Transferring Points

It isn't possible to transfer points from Delta to other loyalty programs directly. You can, however, transfer points from other loyalty programs to Delta and convert them to SkyMiles. Points can be converted from car rental and hotel partners. Before you convert points to Delta's airline loyalty program, bear in mind that conversions can be costly and may come with an additional fee. 

How to Maximize Your Rewards

To get the most out of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card, use it for all of your Delta purchases, U.S. shipping costs, U.S. advertising expenses, and restaurant charges. You'll earn 2 miles per dollar on those categories, and spending a combined $3,100 a year on them will allow you to justify the annual fee. It also makes sense to use the card enough in your first three months of account membership to earn its bonus of 60,000 Delta Skymiles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of account membership.

Finally, obtain additional cards for employees who make purchases on behalf of the company in order to further increase the miles earned on the account. Of course, depending on your company policy, those employees may be entitled to retain rewards earned on their travel for their personal use. If so—or in order to allow your employees to get a perk—you can enroll your business in Delta’s corporate SkyBonus program, provided at least five employees have cards and they together spend at least $5,000 annually on Delta flights. The program, which is free, allows both the employee and their employer to earn miles rewards on Delta flights.

Average Case

Let's assume that you use this card to book four round-trip domestic Delta flights per year to attend business conferences, spending the national average cost of around $360 per round-trip flight. In addition, you use this card for a combination of shipping, advertising, and restaurant purchases that total $1,000 per month.

Such spending would earn you 36,880 miles with this card, rewards that we estimate would be worth $568—or more than five times the annual fee that is charged after the first year—when redeemed for Delta flights. Let’s assume that for each flight you check a suitcase full of company literature to distribute at the conference. The card’s waiver of fees for those bags would add an extra $240 to the financial benefit of using it.

Aspirational Case

In addition to the scenario above, where you earned 36,880 miles with this card, let's assume you have four employees who also represent the company at conferences. You then leverage the free additional employee cards that come with this account, giving one to each employee, and also enroll in the SkyPlus program that allows both the employees and their employer to earn rewards.

The additional four employees with cards then use them to buy a combined $3,000 per month of shipping, advertising, and restaurants. All four employees also take a round-trip domestic flight once per quarter, spending $360 on each round-trip domestic flight. In total, including the primary cardholder, the five employees and the business itself would earn more than 108,600 miles within the calendar year worth $1,672.

Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Card’s Outstanding Benefits

  • Main-cabin priority boarding
  • Baggage insurance plan
  • First checked bag is free
  • 20% in-flight savings on food, beverages, and audio headsets
  • Free employee cards

Standard Benefits

  • Rental car collision insurance (secondary to your own policy)
  • 24/7 global assist hotline 
  • Access to exclusive cardmember-only events
  • Expense management solutions
  • Dispute resolution for fraudulent or incorrect charges

Cardholder Experience

American Express ranked second overall for customer satisfaction in J.D. Power's 2019 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Survey, placing it on a par with Discover, which scored slightly better. 

Card members can access and manage their accounts online, through the American Express app or by phone. Customer service is available by phone 24/7. Personal card members can call 1-800-528-4800 for help.

Security Features

Like all Amex credit cards, the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card offers a range of standard security precautions. Amex will monitor your account for fraudulent activity and send alerts if any irregular activity is detected.

It will also allow you to establish a Personal Security Key to authenticate account access and utilizes 128-bit encryption technology to keep user IDs and passwords safe.

Our Verdict

The Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card from American Express is the least expensive Delta-branded credit card. It offers a business which has occasional travelers on the airline an opportunity to earn both decent rewards and enjoy some basic extras on their trips.

A respectable one-time offer that combines a points bonus and a statement credit, along with a fee waiver, makes the first year with the card especially worthwhile. In subsequent years, you'll get a $100 credit that covers the annual fee, provided your business spends at least $10,000 with the card.

If, however, you and/or your employees travel frequently on Delta, you might consider the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card. The annual fee is a heftier $250, but it offers valuable extra benefits like an annual domestic main-cabin round-trip companion certificate upon renewal.

Alternatively, if your business isn't loyal to Delta, consider a non-branded business card. One of these can provide higher rewards and more flexibility when it comes to redemption. For example, the Chase Ink Business Preferred card offers 3 points per dollar on travel, shipping, Internet, cable, phone services, and on advertising with social media sites. It also has an 100,000-bonus-point bonus offer.

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overall rating
3.1
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 15.74% - 24.74% variable
Annual Fee $0 for the first year, then $99
Rewards Earning Rate Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta, U.S. shipping and advertising purchases, and at restaurants. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
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