Written by Dan 6 months ago
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.
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.