These Metal Airline Cards Are Made From Retired Airplanes. Should You Get One?

The limited edition cards have competitive welcome bonuses and offer decent rewards -- but only if you're a Delta airlines enthusiast.

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Delta’s latest limited edition metal card is pretty fly. The airline announced a new limited edition card that’s made with 33% metal from two retired Delta Boeing 747 planes. 

The limited edition cards are available to new and existing Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card* and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card members. 

The design includes an image of the plane, along with the plane’s history, including its first and last flights, tail number and number of miles flown. The card’s white glossy finish is “inspired by clouds,” according to the announcement on Delta’s website.   

The limited edition design is only available until June 5, or while supplies last. 

It’s cool to hold a slice of history in your hand, but are either of these Delta SkyMiles cards worth grabbing? Both are solid travel credit cards -- but they aren’t right for everyone. 

Should you get the Delta SkyMiles Reserve or Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business credit cards? 

Both the Delta SkyMiles Reserve or Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business cards offer the most value to frequent travelers and Delta enthusiasts. These might also be the people most excited about a credit card made out of an actual Delta airplane.

Each card lets you earn 3x miles on Delta purchases, and the SkyMiles Reserve also lets you earn 1x miles on other eligible purchases. The SkyMiles Reserve Business card made our list of the Best Business Cards for Travel.

If you’re a new Delta SkyMiles Reserve card member, you can earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases in the first six months. The SkyMiles Reserve Business card lets you earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 in purchases in the first six months. 

But each card also comes with a hefty $650 annual fee (see rates and fees for Delta SkyMiles Reserve and see rates and fees for Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business), so unless you’re a frequent Delta flyer who prioritizes premium perks like Delta Sky Club passes and priority boarding, shelling out the extra money for the metal card may not make sense. 

For those who already have one of the cards and regularly use it, you could request the metal card if you want an eye-catching addition to your wallet.

If you’re not particularly loyal to the Delta brand, you may find one of the other best travel credit cards can let you earn more flexible rewards and more valuable welcome bonuses. The best business credit cards let you earn rewards and offer helpful management tools. And you even have other options if you prefer a metal credit card.

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*All information about the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card has been collected independently by CNET and has not been reviewed by the issuer.

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Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a senior editor for CNET Money with a focus on credit cards. Previously, she covered personal finance topics as a writer and editor at The Penny Hoarder. She is passionate about helping people make the best money decisions for themselves and their families. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and has been a writer and editor for publications including the New York Post, Women's Running magazine and Soap Opera Digest. When she isn't working, you can find her enjoying life in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband, daughter and a very needy dog.
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