Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card Review (2020.1 Update: 100k Offer & Revamped)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card Review

2020.1 Update: The welcome offer is 100k now. This card is also revamped, the changes are:



  • Earn 3x on Delta now (previously 2x).
  • After you spend $150,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you earn 1.5 miles per dollar (that’s an extra half mile per dollar) on eligible purchases the rest of the year. (This is the main difference from the personal version.)
  • Miles Boost is renamed to Status Boost: you can only earn more MQM, but no more Delta miles. You can earn 15k bonus MQM up to 4 times now (previously 2 times).
  • Get 2 Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes each year.
  • Complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge when you book your Delta flight with your Reserve Card.
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✔ Fee Credit.
  • Upgrade priority: receive upgrade priority over other Medallion members within the same Medallion level and fare class grouping.
  • Sky Priority Security ends.
  • Annual fee is increased from $450 to $550.

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Benefits

  1. 100k Miles + 20k MQM offer: Earn 80,000 Bonus Miles and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) (Note that MQMs are not the kind of miles to redeem for flights, they are only helpful to get elite status) after spending $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Plus, earn 20,000 Bonus Miles after your first anniversary.
  2. We value Delta Miles at 1.3 cents/mile (Airline Miles Value). So the 100k welcome offer is worth about $1,300! See A Beginner’s Guide to Delta Miles to check for details about Delta Miles.
  3. With the Delta Reserve Credit Card, you’ll receive a Companion Certificate good for either domestic coach/first class each year just for renewing your Card. With this Certificate, you can invite someone special to fly with you on an eligible round-trip domestic flight. If you use it properly, it is worth more than $1000 and it is easy to cover the annual fee.
  4. Earn 3 miles per $1 spent on Delta purchases; 1 mile per $1 on other purchases.
  5. After you spend $150,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you earn 1.5 miles per dollar (that’s an extra half mile per dollar) on eligible purchases the rest of the year. (This is the main difference from the personal version.)
  6. Complimentary access to Delta Sky Club. Keeping this card is equivalent to have a become a Delta Sky Club Member (annual fee $450), and $29 for each companion. Complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge when you book your Delta flight with your Reserve Card.
  7. Get 2 Delta Sky Club One-Time Guest Passes each year.
  8. First checked bag free on Delta flights.
  9. Priority boarding on Delta flights.
  10. 20% savings on in–flight foods and entertainment.
  11. Status boost: earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to four times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status.
  12. Upgrade priority: receive upgrade priority over other Medallion members within the same Medallion level and fare class grouping.
  13. Global Entry or TSA Pre✔ Fee Credit.
  14. With this credit card, you can get access to Amex Offer, which usually offers very good discounts at some stores, such as: spend $15 or more and get $5 back at Walmart; spend $75 or more and get $25 back on Amazon.com.
  15. No foreign transaction fee.
  16. Authorized users also have access to the airport lounge mentioned in 4.

DL Companion Certificate Rules

  • You can only use the companion certificate on Delta flight only (including Delta connection, Delta shuttles)
  • You’ll need to buy your tickets at least 14 days in advance with a minimum 3 night stay
  • You must book seats in fare class L, U, or T (discount coach class) only or discount first class
  • You and your companion must fly the exact same itinerary
  • Taxes and Fees apply to the companion ticket
  • Companion certificates can be transferred,but are not eligible for upgrades
  • If you cancel a companion itinerary, you won’t get the certificate back
  • You’ll earn miles on the paid ticket, but not the companion ticket
  • You must use your Delta Reserve card to pay for the tickets

Disadvantages

  1. $550 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year. Note that annual fee does not count towards the minimum spending requirement (and this is true for all credit cards)!
  2. Annual fee for each additional Delta Reserve Credit Card is $175.

Recommended Application Time

  1. You can only get the welcome bonus once in a lifetime, so be sure to apply when the historical highest offer appears.
  2. AmEx doesn’t care about the number of hard pulls.
  3. You can try to apply for it when you have a credit history of 6 months.
  4. Only one AmEx credit card can be approved in a day. This rule does not apply to charge cards, you can be approved for one credit card and multiple charge cards in the day. Multiple cards approved in the same day will only have one Hard Pull.
  5. Only 2 AmEx credit cards can be approved within 90 days, but again, this rule does not apply to charge cards.
  6. You can keep at most 5 AmEx credit cards, not including charge cards.

Summary

The welcome offer is quite good.

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Recommended Downgrade Options

  • You can not downgrade this card to any card with no annual fee, so I suggest you close it when you don’t want to keep it any longer.

After Applying

  • Click here to check AmEx application status.
  • AmEx reconsideration backdoor number: 877-399-3083. The “real” backdoor number of Amex is well protected. Different from Chase, the representatives from this AmEx reconsideration backdoor number only have the right to help you submit requests.

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