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How to Find the 100K Welcome Bonus Offer for the Delta Platinum Card [Current Public Offer is 85K]

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The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card is tailor-made for Delta loyalists who fly frequently with the airline.

The welcome offer for the Delta Platinum card can fluctuate. So if you’re a frequent Delta flyer and are interested in the Delta Platinum card, here are a few ways to get the biggest bonus possible.

Benefits of the Amex Delta Platinum Card

First, it’s best for you to determine if the Delta Platinum card is even a good fit for you and your travel needs. Here are some of the key benefits of the card to help you make that decision.

Key Benefits

  • Get your first checked bag free on all Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flights for you and up to 8 others on the same reservation (saving up to $60 per passenger, per trip).
  • Priority boarding in the Zone 5 boarding group on flights operated by Delta and Delta Connection. This benefit also applies to up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation.
  • Annual Companion Certificate: Receive a Companion Certificate on Main Cabin domestic, Caribbean, or Central American roundtrip flights to select destinations each year after renewal
  • 20% back on inflight purchases when you use your card on items like food and beverages
  • MQD Headstart: Receive $2,500 Medallion Qualification Dollars each Medallion Qualification Year and get closer to Status with MQD Headstart.

How to Find the 90,000 (or even 100,000) Delta Platinum Card Welcome Offer

If the public offer isn’t catching your eye, fortunately, there are ways you can increase your odds of finding a much higher bonus!

Targeted offers are discussed in the article below. Please note that these offers are not available to all applicants. Any information related to targeted offers has been collected independently and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Increased Public Welcome Offer 

By far the easiest way to get a better welcome offer actually requires no work from you at all, and that is when American Express increases the public welcome offer — but it’s usually only for a limited time and you have to obviously wait for them to launch this.

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Frequent Delta travelers will enjoy this card's bonus categories, benefits, and ability to reach higher levels of elite status.

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Frequent Delta travelers will enjoy this card's bonus categories, benefits, and ability to reach higher levels of elite status.
Earn 85,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
85,000 Bonus Miles
$1,020
$350
20.99%-29.99% Variable
Upgraded Points credit ranges are a variation of FICO®Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit cardapplication.
Good to Excellent (670-850)

The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card can be a great option for those seeking additional ways to obtain a higher level of status — or to maintain their current status — with the airline.

A key feature of this card is the ability to earn bonus Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) that are essential for earning Delta status. This could help you get closer to earning a handful of valuable benefits with the airline.

Pros
  • 3x SkyMiles per $1 spent on Delta purchases
  • 3x SkyMiles per $1 spent on purchases made directly with hotels
  • 2x SkyMiles per $1 spent at restaurants (including takeout and delivery) and U.S. supermarkets
Cons
  • $350 annual fee (rates & fees)
  • Does not earn transferable rewards
  • Earn 85,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Receive a Companion Certificate on Main Cabin domestic, Caribbean, or Central American roundtrip flights each year after renewal of your Card. The Companion Ticket requires payment of government-imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights and no more than $250 for roundtrip international flights (both for itineraries with up to four flight segments). Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Receive $2,500 Medallion® Qualification Dollars each Medallion Qualification Year and get closer to Status with MQD Headstart.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card Members get 15% off when using miles to book Award Travel on Delta flights through delta.com and the Fly Delta app. Discount not applicable to partner-operated flights or to taxes and fees.
  • Earn $1 Medallion® Qualification Dollar for each $20 of purchases made on your Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card in a calendar year and get a boost toward achieving Medallion Status for next Medallion Year.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Receive Zone 5 Priority Boarding on Delta flights; board early, stow your carry-on bag and settle in sooner.
  • Receive either a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry ($100) or a statement credit every 4.5 years after you apply for a five-year membership for TSA PreCheck® (up to $85 through a TSA PreCheck official enrollment provider) and pay the application fee with your Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card Members with an eligible ticket will be added to the Complimentary Upgrade list, after Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members and Reserve Card Members.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $350 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 20.99%-29.99% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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Utilizing CardMatch (easiest/fastest option)

CardMatch allows you to see offers from banking partners. Most of the larger U.S. banks publish their targeted offers to CardMatch, including American Express and Chase.

With CardMatch, depending on your eligibility, you could see offers up to 100,000 SkyMiles for the Delta Platinum card. Note that CardMatch offers are subject to change at any time.

CardMatch also shows you pre-qualified offers. These are cards that you’ll likely be approved for. While this approval isn’t guaranteed, a bank is more likely to approve you for the card than a standard person applying for the card through its website.

You will need to provide CardMatch with some personal information when using the tool:

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number

However, your credit will not get a hard pull when using CardMatch. This information is simply used to match you to an eligible offer.

For a step-by-step guide on how to get personalized offers through CardMatch, explore our detailed guide on CardMatch.

Targeted Offers at the Delta/American Express Website

If you’re not familiar, Delta and American Express have a dedicated website where members can check for targeted offers on the co-branded Delta cards. Here’s how to see if you have any targeted offers on your account.

Step 1: Sign Up for a Delta SkyMiles account

First, you’ll need to set up a Delta SkyMiles account (if you don’t already have 1), as you cannot check for targeted offers without an account.

To sign-up, visit the Delta SkyMiles enrollment website.

Step 2: Visit the Delta/Amex Website to See If You’re Targeted for Any Increased Offers

Then, you’ll want to head to the dedicated Delta/Amex website, which is very straightforward and easy to use. All you have to do is enter your Delta SkyMiles number and your last name to see if your account is targeted for any increased offers.

SkyMiles American Express Offers
Image Credit: Delta and American Express

Step 3: Review Your Offers 

After you enter your SkyMiles number and last name, simply click View My Offer and the page will load any targeted offers that are linked to your account.

If, instead of loading offers, the page says Please Verify The Information You Entered Is Correct And Try Again, that means your account has not currently been targeted for any increased welcome offers.

Bottom Line: If you didn’t receive any targeted offers this time, that doesn’t mean you never will. Targeted offers come and go, so feel free to refer back to this page periodically to check for new offers.

Targeted Mailings From American Express

A great option for finding an increased welcome offer on, not just the Delta cards, but all American Express cards, is by opting in to receive targeted mailers from American Express. But keep in mind that you will not receive these offers unless you first opt-in, giving permission to American Express to send them.

If you want to opt-in, or aren’t sure if you have already, visit the communications preferences in your American Express account and make sure you’ve enabled communication via mail and email (if you’d like to receive email offers as well).

Check for Pre-Qualified Offers With American Express

If you weren’t aware, American Express actually allows you to check for pre-qualified offers on their website, and sometimes, if you are pre-qualified, you can receive an increased welcome offer as well!

Here is how you can check for pre-qualified offers:

First, go to americanexpress.com, click Cards, then click Check for Pre-Qualified Credit Card Offers. This will allow you to see all the cards you have pre-qualified offers for, across the entire suite of American Express personal cards. This even includes cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express or the American Express® Gold Card.

Amex Pre-Qualified Offers
Check for pre-qualified offers on the American Express website. Image Credit: American Express

Reasons You May Not Be Able to Get a Higher Welcome Offer

The Current Public Offer Is Not an Increased Offer

Naturally, if American Express is not currently running a public increased welcome offer, then that obviously makes it more difficult to find 1 — but not impossible.

If you’re not interested in the standard offer, you could check CardMatch, wait until you receive a targeted offer, or wait for American Express to bring back a higher welcome offer.

Low Credit

This probably comes at no surprise, but if you don’t have a good credit score, you likely will have a very difficult time getting approved for the card — even if you are able to track down an increased welcome offer.

If you think this might be you, or you were recently denied for a travel rewards card due to your credit score, then you should focus on improving your credit score before worrying about tracking down increased welcome offers.

Remember to always use credit responsibly, don’t overspend, and make sure to pay your bills in full and on time each month.

You’ve Opted out of Marketing Offers

As mentioned before, if you don’t opt-in to receive marketing offers from American Express, then they cannot send them to you. If you want American Express to contact you directly any time you’re eligible for an increased welcome offer, then you need to opt-in!

Final Thoughts

If you’re a Delta loyalist or frequent Delta flyer, there is plenty to love about the Delta Platinum card. So, if you’re going to add the card to your wallet, naturally you’re going to want to get the best offer possible. Be sure to take some time to do some research, as it could mean the difference of getting a welcome offer that is twice the size!

Not sure what you’d do with those Delta SkyMiles? Here are some ways you can redeem your Delta SkyMiles for huge value!

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Delta SkyMiles are needed for a free flight?

It depends! Delta does not publish an award chart for their flights, so the number of miles needed can vary based on the destination, season, and many other factors.

Check out the SkyMiles deals page for great discounts on award flights on both domestic and international destinations!

How much are Delta SkyMiles worth?

At Upgraded Points, we value Delta SkyMiles at 1 cent per point. Keep in mind that, while you can certainly get more than 1 cent per point in value, we don’t recommend you redeem them for anything that would net you less value than 1 cent.

Do Delta SkyMiles expire?

As long as your account remains open, your Delta SkyMiles will never expire.

How can I create a Delta SkyMiles account?

You can create a Delta SkyMiles account on the Delta website.

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Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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