Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
Editorial disclosure: All reviews are prepared by Bankrate.com staff. Opinions expressed therein are solely those of the reviewer and have not been reviewed or approved by any advertiser. The information, including card rates and fees, presented in the review is accurate as of the date of the review. Check the data at the top of this page and the bank’s website for the most current information.
With no annual fee, a good rewards rate and American Express benefits, this card is a solid option for SkyMiles users looking for a beginner travel card.
The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card is the first tier of four SkyMiles® Credit Cards offered by American Express, offering 2x miles on Delta purchases, 2x miles at U.S. restaurants and 1x miles on all other eligible purchases. While this is certainly not the most premier card for travelers experienced in the points and miles game, it’s a solid beginner card for loyal Delta SkyMiles® users who are looking for a low maintenance card to help them earn SkyMiles.
As with all American Express credit cards, the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card grants cardholders some great perks, including purchase protection, free roadside assistance and fraud protection. One of the newer benefits available to American Express cardholders is the Pay It Plan It option, which allows larger purchases to be spread out over three, six or nine months with a fixed monthly fee in lieu of interest charges.
Compared to the second-tier option for Delta SkyMiles® cards, this credit card actually offers a better rewards rate due to its lack of an annual fee– especially considering that there’s no cap on how many miles you can earn. However, it doesn’t offer a few of the premium travel perks of its Gold, Platinum and Reserve counterparts.
The introductory offer is also pretty meager compared to the other Delta SkyMiles® cards and other comparable cards. New cardholders earn only a 10,000-mile bonus after spending $500 in the first three months. While that bonus might be attractive for users who aren’t looking to spend more than a few hundred dollars each month on the card, higher spenders and frequent fliers stand to benefit more from a more premium travel card.
SkyMiles® in and of itself is also a factor when discussing the merits of any of the SkyMiles® Credit Cards. While miles never expire, Delta has a tendency to be fickle about the number of miles it takes to pay for an award flight. A vast range of SkyMiles can be required for the same route from day to day, making it difficult to ensure you’re getting the most out of your miles. However, if you are a seasoned Delta flier, using SkyMiles is a relatively easy way to pay for flights, seat upgrades and more.
The bottom line: Both seasoned travelers and newbies to the points and miles game have better travel credit card options available, but the mix of American Express benefits, a good rewards rate and no annual fee can make this an attractive starter card for a loyal Delta flier who falls into a lower spending category.
Who should get this card
The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card is a good option for Delta fliers who are looking for an easy-to-use card with no annual fee. More seasoned Delta loyalists may want one of the more premium SkyMiles® Credit Cards with a more lucrative introductory offer, and beginner travelers should consider a more flexible travel rewards card.
Fees & APR
- No annual fee.
- Variable 17.99% to 26.99% based on creditworthiness.
- The balance transfer fee is $5 or 3% of each transfer, whichever is higher.
- There is a 2.7% foreign transaction fee on each purchase after the conversion to USD.
- See all Rates & Fees.
Extras, perks and using rewards
If you’ve been looking for a simple card for earning and burning SkyMiles®, this is a solid card for your wallet. You’ll earn 10,000 after only $500 in purchases in the first three months, and there are no blackout dates when booking your next Delta trip.
On Delta flights, cardholders can receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit on food, beverage and audio headset purchases. Other travel perks include car rental loss and damage insurance, plus 24/7 access to the Global Assist Hotline when you travel more than 100 miles from home.
Cardholders can benefit from American Express perks– extended warranty on eligible purchases, return protection, purchase protection and entertainment access to ticket presales and Card Member-only events. American Express cardholders also have flexible payment options with Pay It Plan It.
How this card compares
If you’re a Delta SkyMiles® loyalist looking for a card with more bang for its buck, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card might be a good fit for you. This the second-tier card in the Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card lineup.
- Earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first three months, plus 3x points on JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and grocery stores and 1x points on all other purchases.
- No annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, family pooling and no blackout dates on JetBlue-operated award flights.
The JetBlue Card is an alternative option for those who want a no annual fee travel card but aren’t loyal to Delta.
- Chase Ultimate Rewards® partners with 13 airlines and hotels to offer a 1:1 redemption ratio, helping cardholders maximize their rewards.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is hailed as one of the best beginner travel cards on the market. With a low annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, and a sizeable introductory bonus offer, this is a great option for frequent travelers looking for flexibility in how and where they redeem rewards.