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To preface this post, just keep in mind what type of points you are earning (whether it be airline/hotel specific or if it is membership reward points)
I just booked a trip with my Amex miles a little over a month ago and here is what I discovered between Delta and JetBlue (the two I was looking to fly):
With Delta, the AmEx conversion rate to Delta Skymile points is 1 to 1, however it appears the minimum price for Delta is 40,000 points per ticket (and it appeared there may have been some limits on what was available for points).
For JetBlue, the AmEx conversion rate to TrueBlue points is 200 TrueBlue Points equals 250 AmEx Rewards points so my JetBlue flight only cost me 29,000 membership rewards (and the flights were approximately a $10 cash difference with JetBlue being more importantexpensive) and every flight was available to pay for points.
So for me, not sure if the Delta gives only Delta reward points or American Express reward points but if it is only Delta points then the Delta card wouldn't have been worth it.
I have the Premier Rewards Gold Card which gave me a 10,000 point bonus and 3x for airfare, 2x gas/groceries, 1x everything else. Also, if you put at least $30,000 a year on the card you get 15,000 bonus points. So while it may not give the biggest initial bang compared to the card you have listed, in the long run I think it is your best bet in order to earn the most American Express membership rewards points and be able to transfer them to airlines/hotels of your choosing (or use them through the AmEx travel website).
I don't know exactly if this is the info you were looking for but as I said, that is my experience through one trip I have booked with points so there may be others who have dealt with this a lot more than me but hopefully I was able to shed some light on the situation for you.