The aviation-inspired refresh of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card makes the pair — without a doubt — the coolest and most unique credit cards around.
American Express and Delta Air Lines have unveiled a limited-edition card design made using metal from a retired Delta Boeing 747.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, the Delta Reserve card is also offering a limited-time welcome offer of 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
“We’re celebrating our latest innovation that pays homage to the iconic Boeing 747 by giving Card Members a piece of travel history in their wallet,” said Jon Gantman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cobrand Product Management at American Express.
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s possibly the most AvGeek-y credit card in history.
Yes, These Cards Are Really Made From a Boeing 747
Through August 3, 2022, current Delta Reserve card and Delta Reserve Business cardmembers will be able to replace their current cards with the exclusive new design.
New applicants will also be able to choose the Boeing 747 card option when filling out their applications during the same period.
These cards are 25% composed of the actual metal from Delta Ship #6307, which was retired in 2017 after flying a staggering 68 million miles over the course of its 27-year lifetime flying commercial flights. That equates to over 2,700 times around the world!
Is It Worth It?
If you already hold either the Delta Reserve card or Delta Reserve business card, it’s a no-brainer to us: you absolutely should replace your card with the new design.
But, if you don’t already have either of these cards — and even if you’re the world’s biggest fan of aviation and/or the Boeing 747 — you’ll need to be a very frequent Delta flyer to get any sort of value out of this card.
The Delta Reserve card is one of the most premium airline cards on the market and come with a $550 annual fee to match (rates and fees).
However, you get some serious Delta perks for the premium price tag. These include:
- 3x SkyMiles per $1 spent on Delta purchases
- 1x SkyMiles per $1 spent on all other purchases
- 20% back on inflight purchases
- Access to Complimentary Upgrades and Upgrade Priority
- Annual Companion Certificate
- Complimentary Delta Sky Club and Amex Centurion Lounge access when flying Delta
- Delta Status Boost
- Free checked bag
- Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit
- Medallion Qualification Dollar (MQD) Waiver
No matter how tempted you may be by having a piece of a Boeing 747 in your wallet, be sure that you can derive enough value from either of these cards to justify the annual fee. In all likelihood, this means you have to be a very frequent Delta flyer.
Hot Tip: Are you a frequent flyer with Delta Air Lines? Check out our comprehensive list of the top credit cards that should be in your wallet.
We couldn’t be more in love with what Amex and Delta have done with the Delta Reserve card and Delta Reserve Business card. Who doesn’t want to have a piece of aviation history in their pockets?
Like we said above, though, if you don’t already hold either of these cards, you’ll want to do the math before deciding to apply. Current cardmembers, however, what are you waiting for?
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, click here.
Featured Image Credit: