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The new Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Amex cards are made from a 747

Today Delta and Amex launched a new design for the high-end Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card. The new design features the 747 and is made from 33% recycled metal from a Boeing 747 aircraft.

Delta and Amex used metal from two aircraft for this new card design. Each card will feature the tail number, dates of the first flight and last flight, and the number of miles flown from each aircraft used.

Here’s what these cards look like:

Images of new Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Delta SkyMiles Reserve business cards, courtesy of Delta.

My take on the new card design

I like the design of the cards, and I do think it would be a fun conversation starter to pull one of these out to pay for something at an airport. I do wish that the cards would be made completely from recycled aircraft metal, rather than 33% or that they were machined.

If you’re wanting to get “a piece of aviation history” and have your own piece of a 747, there are cheaper (and more fun) ways to do that than signing up for a new Delta credit card. Personally, I’m a fan of PlaneTags, though they didn’t have any 747 plane tags on offer as of publication.

Of course, I’d much rather the 747s that these cards were made from be flying as passenger aircraft or cargo freighters, but I acknowledge that the Queen of the Skies lived a great life and her time is slowly coming to an end. It always brings a smile to my face when I see a 747 in the air or at an airport during my travels. I suspect that they’ll still be around as freighters for quite some time.

You can get the new card design as an existing cardholder

Delta’s press release mentions that the design is available to new and existing Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express cardholders from April 25 through June 5th.

Delta doesn’t mention how you get a card as an existing cardholder, but I’d imagine that there will be a fair number of Delta Reserve cardholders who “lose” their cards in the next few weeks. 🙂

Bottom line

For a limited time, Amex is issuing Delta SkyMiles Reserve business and personal credit cards in a design made from recycled metal from two 747s. If you get a new Delta SkyMiles Reserve credit card or request a new card from Amex as an existing cardholder, you’ll get on of these new cards until supplies run out.

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  • Aaron Hurd

    Aaron Hurd is a credit card, travel rewards, and loyalty program expert. Over the past 15 years, he has authored over a thousand expert contributions published by leading outlets including WSJ, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, NerdWallet, The Points Guy, Bankrate, CNET, and many others. He has also served in consulting roles for many of these same outlets, designing content strategy, hiring teams of teams of editors and contributors, developing thought-leadership pieces, and ghost-editing for senior editors. Aaron is well-known in the miles and points community and regularly presents about travel rewards at conferences like the Chicago Seminars and Minnebar. Aaron has enjoyed the game of optimizing credit card rewards since getting his first credit card shortly after he turned 18. He started learning about credit cards and travel rewards from the (now defunct) FatWallet Finance forums and FlyerTalk. He holds more than 40 open credit cards and has first-hand experience with almost every major credit card product.

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