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Delta Cardholders Can Now Save 15% on SkyMiles Award Flights

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While Delta SkyMiles have been significantly devalued over the years, there are still several instances where it makes sense to collect these airline miles. Thanks to Delta’s frequent flash sales, you can often score domestic one-way tickets for as few as 4,500 SkyMiles.

Now, many of Delta’s American Express credit cards get access to a key benefit: 15% savings on award flights. In other words, that same flight requiring 4,500 miles will cost you around 3,800 miles.

Let’s discuss the details of this newest credit card perk, known as “TakeOff 15.”

How To Get a 15% Discount on Your Next SkyMiles Booking

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The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card. Image Credit: American Express

Have a Delta credit card in your wallet? Chances are, you can now save 15% on all future Delta award bookings, which is now valid for all personal and business Delta cards — but sadly excludes the no-annual-fee Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card.

Here’s the full list of cards eligible for this new perk:

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Card

Welcome Offer

Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

Earn 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in your first 6 months.

$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $150 (rates & fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases in your first 6 months.

$350 (rates & fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

Earn 60,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first 6 months.

$650 (rates & fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

Earn 55,000 miles after spending $4,000 in your first 6 months.

$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $150 (rates & fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

Earn 65,000 miles after spending $6,000 in your first 6 months.

$350 (rates & fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

Earn 75,000 miles after spending $10,000 in your first 6 months.

$650 (rates & fees)

The benefit is already live on Delta’s website and app. If you’re a Delta cardholder, simply look up a flight as you normally would, and be sure to click Shop with Miles when searching.

Delta TakeOff 15 Discount
The new Delta TakeOff 15 is already live for cardholders. Image Credit: Delta

You’ll see that the 15% award discount is automatically applied on the flight search. There’s no stated limit to the discount, so Delta cardholders can potentially save thousands of SkyMiles every year.

Exclusions to the TakeOff 15 Discount

This discount is already quite generous, but note that it only applies to award flights operated by Delta or Delta Connection. Any partner awards, like with SkyTeam partners Air France or Korean Air, won’t be discounted.

Additionally, the standard taxes and fees apply. As a refresher, domestic award flights only cost $5.60 one-way or $11.20 round-trip.

Hot Tip: Want to be elite? Check out our guide to the best ways to qualify for Delta Medallion status.

Double-check Your Existing Award Flights

Got an upcoming Delta flight that you booked on miles? It never hurts to check back periodically to see how much Delta is charging for the same flight.

If you notice that the award price decreased — or would be cheaper with the new 15% off discount — cancel your existing booking and rebook to use fewer miles. Delta allows free cancellations to award bookings, so you’ll get your miles immediately redeposited into your SkyMiles balance and the taxes and fees refunded to your card.

Final Thoughts

Delta’s co-branded American Express credit cards just got a whole lot more valuable, and it’s great to see that this new perk has been seamlessly integrated already!


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

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About Stella Shon

With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

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