Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express
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The Welcome Offer

  •  Earn 40,000 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  •  Earn 10,000 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Elite Qualification Miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months.

Get These Perks

  •   15,000 MQMs + 15,000 miles when you spend $30,000 in a year.
  •   15,000 MQMs + 15,000 miles when you spend $60,000 in a year.
  •   20% off in-flight purchases on Delta
  •   Free checked bag
  •   Companion ticket: Delta Airlines in First, Comfort+ or Main Cabin.
  •   Delta SkyClub ($29 for each guest up to 2) Lounge Access
  •   Free priority boarding on Delta
  •   Terms apply; view rates and fees

Pros & Cons

  Sky Club access
  Big MQM and redeemable miles bonuses
  Round-trip companion certificate

  $450 annual fee

  The only bonus category is 2x on Delta purchases

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Written by Dan last month

The go-to Delta card from American Express for frequent Delta flyers who purchase a lot of tickets on Delta in a given year.

Review of the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

This was the first Delta card in Dan's wallet, and for good reason — it's loaded with perks, and if you spend $60,000 on the card in the first year, the bonus MQMs you receive from the sign-up bonus + the two bonuses at $30k and $60k respectively would put you at Gold Medallion status without stepping foot on an aircraft. That means you'd only need an additional 75k MQMs to land Diamond Medallion status. In addition to the MQMs, you also earn redeemable miles from the welcome offer (40,000 miles as of this review date), and 15,000 at $30k and $60k of total spend in a calendar year. In total that should be enough to cover a one-way international business class flight in Delta One, depending on availability and destination of choice.

Pro Tip:

Already got the Medallion status you want for the year? You can deposit the bonus MQMs from the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express into a SkyMiles account of your choosing, so you can help friends and family bridge the gap to their next Medallion status tier.

Another perk not to be missed with this card is the companion certificate. This cert is good for a round-trip ticket in any class but basic economy, and it renews each cardmember year. Of course you'll have to pay taxes and fees, but that's still a bargain, especially in first/business. And, don't forget Sky Club access for the cardmember, plus entry at $29 for up to two guests. Delta has been doing a really great job of upgrading their Sky Clubs around the U.S. over the past few years, so this is a big bonus for the frequent flyer. This level of Sky Club membership would normally cost $495 per year, so right away the annual fee is taken care of.

The Bottom Line
This card is hard to beat for loyal Delta travelers who value lounge access and higher status tiers. If you can't stomach the $450 annual fee, however, there are three other Delta cards offered by American Express: the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, and the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card.

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