9 Ways to Earn More Delta SkyMiles

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Delta SkyMiles are pretty much universally despised in this hobby. They’re difficult to redeem, constantly devalued, and the airline has done plenty to make people angry. So why bother earning more Delta SkyMiles? Because you can’t count any rewards program out in this hobby. You never know when SkyMiles might come in handy. So without further ado, here are 9 ways to earn more Delta SkyMiles:

Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards

There are three credit cards to choose from if you want to give your Delta SkyMiles account a boost:

I would highly recommend you do a quick Google search for the best possible offer before applying. The FlyerTalk forums are also a great place to find higher offers than what is publicly available. There are lots of other ways to ensure you get the highest sign-up bonus possible, so be sure to look into those before applying.

Membership Rewards Transfers

Delta’s partnership with American Express is great for many reasons. First, there are lots of great credit card sign-up bonuses to take advantage of, like the current 60,000 point bonus from The Platinum Card from American Express. Another great thing about this partnership is that Membership Rewards credit cards generally offer more generous category bonuses than Delta branded credit cards do. More category bonuses means more Skymiles. Since American Express restricts sign-up bonuses to one per person, per lifetime, I highly recommend you do your research and hold out for the highest possible bonus.

Starwood Preferred Guest Transfers

We don’t know how much longer Starwood Preferred Guest will be around, but in the meantime we can take advantage of a generous transfer ratio to Delta Skymiles. Starpoints can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Delta Skymiles, with a 5,000 point bonus per 20,000 points. That’s a nice way to give your Delta Skymiles account a boost.

SkyMiles Debit Card

If you don’t like messing with credit cards, the Suntrust Delta SkyMiles debit cards is another option. Delta Skymiles World Debit cardholders earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all transactions, and double miles on Delta purchases. There’s even a sign-up bonus of 5,000 miles after first spend. The annual fee is $75 but again, if you don’t qualify for a rewards credit card or simply don’t want to get one, this is a good alternative.

Fly Delta or Partner Airlines

Delta is actually a pleasant airline to fly with, in my experience. They’re not exactly Virgin America, but they provide good service and their recently improved premium cabin is pretty impressive. Whether you’re flying Delta or one of their partner airlines, simply provide your SkyMiles number at the time of booking to ensure you earn miles on your flight.

SkyMiles Shopping

In my experience, SkyMiles Shopping doesn’t always offer the best rates. However, it’s still worth comparing them to your favorite shopping portal to see if it makes sense to stock up on extra SkyMiles this way. During the holiday season, shopping portals often offer bonus points on certain spending thresholds, so I would definitely keep an eye out for those promotions

SkyMiles Dining Rewards

Dining Rewards programs are probably the easiest way to earn miles without even trying. Delta SkyMiles has it’s own dining rewards program, which not only offers bonus points when you dine at participating restaurants, but new members even earn a sign-up bonus! Again, this is the easiest way to earn SkyMiles without doing anything other than registering. Be sure to use a credit card that earns bonus points on dining.

Car Rental

Delta partners with pretty much every major car rental company to offer bonus miles on rentals. Rates vary, but generally members can earn 500 SkyMiles per rental in the U.S. and Canada. Be sure to compare rates so that you’re not paying extra to earn those miles.

Starwood Crossover Rewards

Delta partners with Starwood to offer Crossover Rewards, which primarily benefits elite members. SPG Gold and Platinum members earn 1 Starwood point per $1 spent on Delta, plus the following benefits:

  • Priority Check-In
  • Priority Boarding
  • Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades
  • First checked bag free

Meanwhile, Delta Platinum and Diamond members earn 1 mile per $1 spent at Starwood, plus:

  • 4pm late checkout
  • Access to the SPG elite check-in line
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access
  • Upgrades to enhanced rooms at check-in

How do you earn your Delta SkyMiles?

Ariana Arghandewal

Ariana Arghandewal is a travel hacker and travel rewards expert who earns over 1.5 million miles every year. When she’s not contributing to Frugal Travel Guy, she publishes her own points and miles blog, PointChaser.com. You can connect…
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Travel Purchases

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Restaurants Purchases

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Coffee Shops Purchases

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Fast Food Purchases

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