Best Credit Cards Bonuses: October 2017 (Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles, Amex Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Amex SPG Business, and Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite)

Cards of the month is a series that highlights cards that have increased signup bonus. There are seven cards that are featured this month, but it's going to feel like four cards. For three of the cards, there are different variations of the cards (personal and business versions).  

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 cards of the month

cards of the month

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Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles (Personal and Business Versions)

The basics

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
  • Sign-up bonus: 60,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in spend within the first three months.
  • Earn 2x points on Delta purchases, 1x on everything else
  • Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority boarding
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Offer expires: 11/8/2017
 Delta gold

Delta gold

The increased signup offer is good until 11/8/2017. With the Gold Delta, as well as the Platinum Delta, you can always downgrade the card to the Blue Delta once the annual fee hits.

For the Gold card, this works well because the annual fee is waived the first year. The personal and business cards come with a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with the new card within the first three months.

The cards have a 60,000 signup bonus after $3,000 in spend within the first three months. This comes out to be a 30% return on spend. For signup bonuses, my goal is to make more than 10% return on spend, so this is a great option.  

The Delta cards had a similar increased offer back in May 2017, but the main difference was that the minimum spend requirement was $4,000 instead of $3,000.

If you're debating between the personal or business versions, it mainly depends on which state you live in and if you generate income on the side. Some states let you apply if you have the intention of starting a business or if they have generated at least $1 from outside your full-time job. You can usually apply under a sole proprietorship without any additional licenses. 

Amex Platinum Delta SkyMiles (Business and Personal Versions)

The basics

  • Annual fee: $195
  • Sign-up bonus: 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) after $3,000 in spend within the first three months.
  • Earn 2x points on Delta purchases, 1x on everything else
  • Earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority boarding
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Offer expires: 11/8/2017
 amex platinum delta 

amex platinum delta 

If you are considering the Amex Platinum Delta, I strongly recommend looking into the annual companion certificate depending if it makes sense for you. 

Amex SPG Business

The basics

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
  • Sign-up bonus: 25,000 bonus Starpoints after $6,000 in spend within the first three months. Earn an extra 10,000 Starpoints after you make an additional $4,000 in purchases within the first six months.
  • Earn 2x points on SPG and Marriott purchases, 1x on everything else
  • Free unlimited Boingo Wi-fi, enrollment required
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Offer expires: 11/1/2017
 amex spg business

amex spg business

For a lot of people, this card doesn't make sense because the minimum spend requirement is considered high at $10,000. If you have some big expenses coming up, then it's a good card to have. 

Since it is a business card, it's affected by Chase 5/24, but doesn't count towards it.

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard (Personal and Business Versions)

The basics

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
  • Sign-up bonus: 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after $3,000 in spend within the first 3 months
  • Earn 2x American Airlines purchases, 1x on everything else
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines flights for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation
  • Preferred boarding on American Airlines flights
  • 25% discount on in-flight food and beverage
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back - up to 10,000 miles each calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
 citi aa platinum select

citi aa platinum select

I currently value AA points at 1.2 cents per point because award availability is scarce for domestic flights. If you're looking to fly international business or first class flights, there is a lot more availability. 

If you're not in a Delta or AA hub, I would lean towards the Delta cards because you know what you're getting with the Delta points. Delta points, like Southwest and JetBlue points, are based on the cost of the flight.