American Express and Delta Air Lines Unveil New Travel Rewards Card

The one-way economy reward flights in most of the airline loyalty programs across the US start at 7500 bonus miles. You may know that airline carriers often focus on giving bonus reward points to co-branded travel rewards cards for an annual subscription fee as a customary practice. However, this year has seen two exceptions to that practice – first with the unveiling of the Chase United TravelBank Card of United Airlines and now with Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.

The co-branded travel reward card of Blue Delta AmEx and American Express is launched in association with Delta Air Lines, and it carries “no annual subscription fees”. The Delta credit card owners have a chance to earn 10000 bonus miles provided they spend $500 three months into owning the card – except for the current owners of Delta SkyMiles options card and other fee-based cards from Delta.

In fact, the Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card is the first co-branded travel rewards card to award the bonus reward points for restaurant purchases. Cardholders can earn two Delta SkyMiles on each dollar they may choose to spend in any of the participating restaurants, including Marriot Hotels.

The Blue Delta AmEx Bank will charge a charge a 2.7 percent “foreign transaction fee” and the cardholder may have to pay an annual percentage rate (APR) as well from 16.75 to 25.74 percent based on the creditworthiness. If you can earn 10000 Bonus SkyMiles, you can either fly one-way in the economy class or keep the balance and earn a round-trip award ticket or upgrade to a first-class ticket.

On the flipside to that, the Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card won’t qualify for free checked baggage clearance, bonus miles, and priority boarding on American Express or Delta Air Lines. Keep the balance and sell American Express points if some liquid cash is what you are looking for. Else, you could also transfer the points to Starwood Preferred Guest card and sell Starwood points for cash.

Regarding point redemption, cardholders can use the reward points in the Blue Delta SkyMiles credit card to redeem the Delta award flights. The same goes for SkyMiles earned from any co-branded fee-based credit cards or even the full Delta flights including roundtrips in the economy class.

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