Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex Review: Get it for the bags, not the miles


Free first checked bag for up to 9 people. When you hold the card, you get your first checked bag free on all Delta flights. Plus, you can extend that benefit to up to 9 people (including you) who are booked in the same reservation. It’s the most generous companion bag policy of any airline credit card and can save you $100 or more on your next flight, since bag fees start at $25 per person, each way.

Priority boarding. You get to board early, but don’t get your hopes too high. People in First Class and people who fly Delta a lot will board before you. But the card makes sure you’re ahead of people in coach who don’t have the card or status, so you have a better shot at getting your bag in the overhead bin.

No foreign transaction fees. You won’t be socked with a surprise when you use this card for overseas purchases. And while Amex isn’t as widely accepted as Visa and Mastercard abroad, there are still plenty of places that take Amex cards, especially hotels and restaurants.


No good mile bonus categories. You get 2x miles on Delta purchases, but that’s it. There aren’t special bonuses for popular spending categories like groceries, gas, and dining.

Limited travel insurance. Unlike cards from other airlines, this card doesn’t cover you for things like having to cancel your flight if you become seriously ill, or a hotel room if your flight gets delayed overnight.

$95 annual fee. It’s waived the first year, but after that if you want the perks of this card like a free checked bag, you need to pay the annual fee.

Overall Rating
3/5 Stars   
Key Features


  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months with your new Card.
  • Earn 2 miles for every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle into your seat sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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