Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

The Boeing 747 may be fading from the skies, but Delta Airlines is betting it has not faded from the hearts of high-end customers. That’s why Delta and partner AMEX have launched the new Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card, the first to made from the melted-down metal of a retired Delta Boeing 747.

From June 16 through Aug. 3, 2022, Delta says that new Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Reserve Business Card Members can apply for a ‘limited-edition, first-of-its-kind’ Reserve card design. The new 747-themeed card will enable card members to “experience a piece of the magic, history and innovation of the ‘Queen of the Skies’.” The card will be available only as long as supplies last.

Delta Reserve card customers will receive 100,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $5,000 in purchases on their new card within their first three months. The card bears a $550 annual fee.

The new card design, created to honor the history of aviation travel, is composed of 25% metal from Delta Ship #6307, a retired Boeing 747-400. The Boeing 747 was the first wide body jet in service and was iconic for many reasons, including its ‘upper deck’ for First/Business class seating. The “Queen of the Skies” once boasted a piano bar and could carry over 400 passengers on comfortable intercontinental flight.

The Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight on January 22, 1970, with now-vanished Pan Am. After 52 years, the 747 is still in passenger service with seven airlines, including Air China, Korean Air, and Lufthansa.

Delta and Northwest Airlines (which merged with Delta in 2008) operated the 747 in passenger service from 1970 to 2017. Delta became the last U.S. airline to retire the 747 from passenger service. Flight DL159A departed Detroit on December 18, 2017, arriving at Seoul-Incheon on December 19, 2017.

The new Delta Amex card is not only made of melted 747, but also bears an image of the iconic aircraft. It also comes with additional content created for card members, in what AMEX calls an “augmented reality experience.” This includes words and images from Boeing 747 history and interviews with Delta pilots and crew members. There’s also video of Delta Ship #6307’s transformation from a passenger plane into a metal credit card.

More conventional card benefits include complimentary Centurion Lounge and Delta Sky Club access when flying Delta. Card holders can also enjoy Status Boost, which offers 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year.

“For over 60 years, American Express and Delta have partnered to deliver world-class experiences for our shared customers through industry-leading service, value, and access. Today, we’re celebrating our latest innovation that pays homage to the iconic Boeing 747 by giving Card Members a piece of travel history in their wallet,” said Jon Gantman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cobrand Product Management at American Express.

“Delta and American Express are blazing the trail with this innovative card design, while honoring our longstanding history. We invite you to experience the magic, history, and transformation of our iconic ‘Queen of the Skies’ through this unique card,” said Dwight James, Senior Vice President, Customer Engagement & Loyalty for Delta Air Lines, and CEO, Delta Vacations.

American Express claims that 58% of consumers surveyed plan to travel more this summer than in previous years. The AMEX study adds that 64% say they plan to take advantage of their job’s work from anywhere policy. Considering this, AMEX says that it will be offering additional limited time offers with mileage deals, in conjunction with the return of summer and business travel.

Of course, AMEX says that not everyone can get a Reserve card. “Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this or previous versions of this Card. We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors in making a decision on your welcome offer eligibility.”

But if you’re sold on putting a piece of aviation history in your wallet, you can apply here.

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