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Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card vs. Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
Both cards are fine choices if you often fly Delta.
Pick the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card if you want Delta perks — such as priority boarding and your first checked bag free per flight — for a $99 ongoing annual fee after the first-year intro. Go with the $250-annual-fee Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card if you want those benefits in addition to Status Boost and an annual Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate.
As of January 30, 2020, the cards have diverged further: The lower-priced option offers a $100 Delta Flight Credit after you spend $10,000 in a calendar year, and the other will offer 3x miles on hotel stays and Delta spending.
Summary of card features
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
- Priority boarding on Delta flights
- Earn Delta SkyMiles
- American Express purchase protection
- Check first bag for free
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
- Check your first bag for free
- Strong welcome offer
- Priority boarding
Both cards are great choices for Delta regulars. If you’re choosing between them, consider whether you want an annual companion certificate or think you’ll qualify for the Status Boost. If either is the case, you may want the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card.
If you’re not convinced about either card, there are many other airline-branded and travel cards to compare.
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