The best American Express miles card is the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card because it offers 35,000 miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. It also gives a $100 statement credit for making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months.
For business owners, the best American Express miles card is the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business card. It shares the same sign up bonus and rewards earning rates as the personal Platinum card. Both cards give 2 miles per $1 spent on Delta purchases. They also offer priority boarding and complimentary seat upgrades, require good credit, and charge $195 annual fees.
All current American Express miles cards are co-branded with Delta. As such, they all give at least 2 miles per $1 on Delta purchases, and sometimes offer bonus points in other spending categories. All but the Blue SkyMiles card offer priority boarding and a free checked bag for at least the cardholder (sometimes companions as well).
But each card still has something different to bring to the table. For example, the Gold SkyMiles card offers no annual fee for the first year ($95 after) and has a nice initial bonus. The Delta Reserve card ($450 annual fee) offers complimentary access to more than 250 Delta SkyClub and partner lounges worldwide. That’s an annual savings of $495. And the Blue Delta SkyMiles card offers a $0 annual fee, along with a bonus of 10,000 miles for spending $500 in the first 3 months.
Travelers do have a couple of good alternatives to the American Express miles cards. The Amex Gold and Amex Platinum cards are good travel points cards that don’t restrict rewards redemption to one airline. They offer a lot of benefits for frequent travelers but aren’t the cheapest.
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