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Delta and American Express Turn a Retired 747 Into Credit Cards

New, approved applicants of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card will get a unique piece of Delta Air Lines history to put in their wallet: a credit card made from metal from a retired Boeing 747.
Credit cards have long stood as a status symbol, but American Express and Delta Air Lines are taking it a step further by offering a card made from a retired Boeing 747.


Starting Thursday, June 16, 2022, new approved applicants of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card will get a limited-edition design, made partially of metal from the aircraft, along with a brief history of the “Queen of the Skies.”


Cards Make of 25% Metal from Delta Boeing 747-400 Ship #6307

With more employers allowing remote work and the pandemic coming to a slow end, the launch of this small piece of history comes at a key time for flyers. According to the most recent Amex Trendex poll, 58% of consumers are planning to travel more this summer than in years past, while 64% say they will take advantage of “work from anywhere” policies to travel this year.


Delta Ship #6307, recycled into limited-edition Delta SkyMiles Reserve credit cards. Image courtesy: Delta Air Lines


The new limited edition credit cards are made from 25% recycled metal from Delta Ship #6307, a Boeing 747-400 retired in November 2017. First put into service in 1990 with Northwest Airlines, the airframe operated over 14,000 flights under three different liveries, logging 68 million miles and carrying four million passengers.



The design of the card pays homage to the “Queen of the Skies,” created to resemble a blueprint. Along with an illustration of the iconic jet, the card features the first and final flight dates, the registration number and total miles flown. Both American Express and Delta say this card is not only the first to honor U.S. aviation this way but also offers flyers a rare chance to carry a piece of history with the wherever they go.


The card also comes with an augmented reality experience, showcasing how the aircraft was transformed from recyclable metal into credit cards. Flyers can see the virtual tour by visiting the augmented reality site using their smartphone.


“For over 60 years, American Express and Delta have partnered to together to deliver world-class experiences for our shared customers through industry-leading service, value, and access,” Jon Gantman, senior vice president and general manager of cobrand product management at American Express, said in a press release. “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.”


Benefits of the top-tier Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card include complimentary access to Delta SkyClubs and the American Express Centurion Lounge, and Status Boost to help flyers get closer to earning elite status with the airline.



To celebrate the launch, American Express is offering new cardholders the opportunity to earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new card within the first three months (terms apply). The limited-edition card and bonus will only be available through August 3, 2022.


New Card Comes With Flyers Happiest Aboard Delta Compared to Legacy Carriers

The new card launches as Delta has plenty to celebrate in 2022. In the J.D. Power 2022 North America Airline Satisfaction Study, Delta was ranked highest in customer satisfaction among all legacy carriers, and scored within the top three carriers for their premium cabin and premium economy products.

troyintn June 26, 2022

I received my card the other day and like the look and feel of the card.  Unfortunately, the benefits of the card on paper are good, but in reality, they are useless.  Sky Club access is limited and you are last in the queue to get in, after the top-tier elites.  Companion certifactes are a challenge to use even when you have the correct fare class, as DL personnel have issues with them.  And using Sky miles for rewards you need to plan on paying the highest rates, some at high as 750K for a D1 international flight.  

AsiaTravel2019 June 16, 2022

Unfortunately, Amex is virtually useless outside the US (except at hotels, etc.) 

snowdoggieii June 16, 2022

This is so much better than those crap amex platinum designs, yuck

Mediaink June 16, 2022

I just called American Express and had both of my Delta Reserve (business and nonbusiness) changed to this card. It's a little thing... but I love it! 

rylan June 16, 2022

I wonder if those who are already Reserve cardholders can get one of these by requesting a new card?