Increased American Express Offers: Delta and Hilton (Aug 2019)

For a limited time, select American Express co-branded credit cards have increased offers for August.

The Gold and Platinum Delta credit cards have interesting offers with statement credit components. Get 50% back as a statement credit on purchases made directly with Delta within the first 3 months, up to $300 (Gold) and $500 (Platinum).

The Hilton Honors Amex Surpass card currently has a historic high welcome bonus of 130,000 points and a free weekend night.

Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

If you’re considering the Gold Delta SkyMiles cards, ideally, you have $600 in Delta airfare that you’re booking to get the maximum $300 statement credit. The $600 in spend would count towards minimum spend. You could potentially book $600 in Delta airfare and spend $400 on other expenses.

For people who don’t have upcoming Delta flights, I suggest waiting for more point heavy offers that we’ve seen in the past like 60,000 miles for $2,000 in spend within the first 3 months.

  • Delta Gold (Recent Offer):

    • 60,000 Delta for $2,000 min spend

      = 60,000 Delta + $50 statement credit

      = 60k * 1.2 + $50 = $720 + $50 = $770

  • Current Offer:

    • 30,000 Delta for $1,000 min spend
      = 30,000 Delta + $300 statement credit (max)
      = 30k * 1.2 + $300 = $360 + $300 = $660

  • Difference = $110 worse

  • Minimum spend: $1,000 vs. $2,000

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

  • Welcome offer: 30,000 Delta SkyMiles after $1,000 in spend within the first 3 months of card opening

  • Get 50% back in the form of statement credits on purchases made directly with Delta on the card within the first 3 months of card membership, up to $300 back.

  • Spending multipliers:

    • Earn 2x points on Delta purchases

    • 1x on everything else

  • First checked bag free

  • Priority boarding

  • No foreign transaction fees

  • Special offer expires on 08/15/2019

  • Terms apply

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

  • Welcome offer: 30,000 Delta SkyMiles after $1,000 in spend within the first 3 months of card opening

  • Get 50% back in the form of statement credits on purchases made directly with Delta on the card within the first 3 months of card membership, up to $300 back.

  • Spending multipliers:

    • Earn 2x points on Delta purchases

    • 1x on everything else

  • First checked bag free

  • Priority boarding

  • No foreign transaction fees

  • Special offer expires on 08/15/2019

  • Terms apply

Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

Unlike the Gold Delta SkyMiles cards, I consider the Platinum Delta offers to be a historically high public offer.

If you have $1,000 in Delta purchases coming up, I suggest considering the card.

  • Delta Platinum (Recent Offer):

    • 75,000 Delta for $3,000 min spend
      = 75k Delta + $100 statement credit
      = 75k * 1.2 + $100 = $900 + $100 = $1,000

  • Current Offer:

    • 50,000 Delta for $3,000 min spend
      = 50k Delta + $500 statement credit (max)
      = 50k * 1.2 + $500 = $600 + $500 = $1,100

  • Difference = $100 better

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Excpress

  • Annual fee: $195

  • Welcome offer: 50,000 Delta SkyMiles after you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months of card opening

  • Get 50% back in the form of statement credits on purchases made directly with Delta on the card within the first 3 months of card membership, up to $500 back.

  • Spending multipliers:

    • Earn 2x points on Delta purchases

    • 1x on everything else

  • First checked bag free

  • Priority boarding

  • No foreign transaction fees

  • Special offer expires on 08/15/2019

  • Terms apply

  • Annual fee: $195

  • Welcome offer: 50,000 Delta SkyMiles after you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months of card opening

  • Get 50% back in the form of statement credits on purchases made directly with Delta on the card within the first 3 months of card membership, up to $500 back.

  • Spending multipliers:

    • Earn 2x points on Delta purchases

    • 1x on everything else

  • First checked bag free

  • Priority boarding

  • No foreign transaction fees

  • Special offer expires on 08/15/2019

  • Terms apply

Hilton Honors Surpass

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card has a historically high offer of 130,000 points and a free weekend night award after $4,000 in spend within the first 4 months of account opening.

It’s worth noting that the free weekend night award is a one time certificate that expires 12 months after the issue date. Watch the video below for our full review of the offer.

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

  • Annual fee: $95

  • Welcome offer: 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points and a free weekend night reward after $4,000 in spend within the first 4 months of account opening

    • Increased offer expires on 8/28/2019

  • Spending Multipliers:

    • Earn 12X Hilton Honors points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels and resorts

    • Earn 6X Hilton Honors points per $1 spent at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations

    • Earn 3X Hilton Honors points on all other purchases

  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward after you spend $15,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year

  • Airport lounge access via Priority Pass Select: 10 complimentary lounge visits each Priority Pass Membership year

  • Complimentary Gold status (as long as the card is active)

  • Earn Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year

    • Diamond status valid through the end of the next calendar year

  • No foreign transaction fees



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